Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game where they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $15, you get 18 holes of golf at McNary Golf Club in Keizer (a $34 value). This popular course, formerly Governor and Senator Charles McNary's family farm, stretches across 150 acres of meadows and is pleasingly accented by lakes and well-maintained fairways. To up the atmospheric ante, the course also boasts the babbling beauty of Clagget Creek, which crosses over four different holes and runs along the oaks, walnuts, redwoods, and pine trees that line the fairways. McNary's signature hole, the par 5 18th, whimsically winds around trees and the lake, culminating in a large green next to a moat-like section of the creek where a castle guarded by fire-breathing caddies once stood. Thanks to excellent drainage and sprinkler systems, plus more than 4 miles of cart paths, McNary remains one of western Oregon's most playable winter courses. While essential to performing a cartwheel, a cart is not included with today's Groupon. Scheduling a tee time is recommended.
McNary Golf Club
Sculpted into the one-time family farm of former Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator Charles McNary, McNary Golf Club encompasses diverse trees and rippling waterways into an 18-hole layout that spans 150 acres of rolling meadows. A mixed assemblage of oaks, firs, pines, and redwood trees mingle on the course's emerald sidelines, watching over each towering drive and bickering about squirrel housing arrangements. Claggett Creek comes into play on four holes, including the signature 18th, where its rippling waters snake in front of the enormous green, shaking its hydraulic fists at well-struck balls as they somersault onto the putting surface. A staff of resident aces roam the pristine grounds, showering guests and unsuspecting flagsticks with nuggets of golf wisdom.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 71 course
- Length of 6,239 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 69.5 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 126 from the farthest tees
- Four tee options
- Link to scorecard