Vibrant groves of trees and gardens provide a scenic backdrop for year-round driving range practice and miniature golf at Tualatin Island Greens. At the range, 43 synthetic hitting bays (including 25 covered and 12 heated stations) look out onto a vast field with plenty of real estate for Herculean drives and accuracy-testing target areas, including a green surrounded by a moat to keep area lawn gnomes from stealing the flagstick. The range also features target flags at 20, 30, and 40 yards to facilitate short-game practice or serve as the destination for balls hit out of the practice sand trap.
Water trickles over a tiny canyon of bedrock that runs alongside Tualatin Island Greens' mini-golf course. The 18-hole course is situated in the shade of towering pines that, paired with its well-manicured gardens, instill peace of mind as players read tricky slopes and avoid obstacles such as Lilliputian ponds, sand traps, and Olympic track hurdles. Golfers can improve their par-hunting prowess past sunset, as the entire complex has lights for nighttime use. Tualatin's Island Grill is also onsite to keep appetites at bay with burgers, chicken wings, and other savory fare.
Safari Sam's virtual jungle of kid-friendly entertainment is densely packed, thoughtfully designed, and well maintained. The enormous jungle gym is built big and strong so parents can play along with their kids. The Black Diamond Challenge Course challenges older kids with more physically demanding obstacles. The indoor miniature golf course is well designed, with glow-in-the-dark paint on jungle-like details on the kid-friendly obstacles, including palm trees and Aztec-like temples. Gonzo's game room is an old-fashioned redemption arcade with more than 75 games in which kids can win prizes, from key chains and stuffed animals to glow-in-the-dark senses of superiority.
Nestled up against a backdrop of giant firs and never-ending sky, Wilsonville Family Fun Center reveals its activities for visitors with 6 acres of jostling bumper boats, squealing go-karts, and families running between more than 11 attractions. On the 18-hole mini-golf course, families putt through a village of tiny cottages and elaborate castles, and at the batting cages they take windmill-inspired swings at pitches flung at up to 70 miles per hour. After taking in enough ground-level scenery, participants can scale the 28-foot rock wall, then strap in to navigate the rope course along the Sky Trail for bird's-eye views of the park, or take a ride on the 800-foot two-way Soaring Eagle zip line, which reaches speeds of up to 25 mph. Scooting indoors, families take aim at each other in the laser-tag arena replete with music, flashing lights, and crawling fog, but no John Travolta impersonators. Afterward, more than 100 games beckon from the two-story arcade. Before calling it a day, groups can stop by Bullwinkle's Restaurant, where an animatronic Rocky and Bullwinkle Show pairs with pizza and pop for the kids and beer and burgers for adults.
Charbonneau Golf Club cloaks the tree-studded countryside with three executive-length, nine-hole courses. The 18-hole course combination that presents the longest total yardage?the yellow nine and the green nine?presents 4,261 yards of tee-to-green challenges. Though there are no par 5s on any of the courses, a variety of lengthy par 3s and four par 4s that exceed 300 yards will present various difficulties for golfers playing from the longest tees. Water hazards come into play on six of the 27 holes, adding variety to the course?s natural hazards of thick tree-lines and quicksand bunkers. Before rounds, golfers can warm up at a practice complex that includes a putting green, chipping area, and a large driving range.
Course at a Glance:
27-hole course complex
Can combine any two nines for an 18-hole round
Maximum length of 4,261 yards from farthest tees
Water comes in play on six holes
Three tee options
Old-growth douglas firs, wetlands, and 43 bunkers populate Stone Creek Golf Club's award-winning, par 72 layout designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy. The 165-acre course’s front nine holes are straighter laced, and the back nine’s tree-lined fairways of fescue grass challenge swingers with elevation changes and distractingly beautiful views of Mount Hood, the same "Hood" made popular in mainstream rap music. Players can hone their aim at the hitting stations of extensive practice greens, which include a full swing area with target greens at a variety of distances, before returning to face hole nine's six sand traps.
After sending dozens of dimpled balls soaring through the air, golfers can pop in at the Stone Creek Deli for a hot dog and foamy swigs of beer. Links magazine named Stone Creek Golf Club a Top 10 Green Course for using pesticides sparingly and only irrigating stretches of grass currently in use, inviting ground-nesting birds to build their two-story colonial mansions in the fallow areas.
Course at a Glance
18-hole, par 72 course
See the scorecard
Length of 6,873 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 72.4
Slope rating of 125 on fescue grass
6,000 yards of practice greens
Trails End Golf Center encompasses 45 hitting stalls and two grass tee areas from which golfers can blast golf balls across its 20-acre expanse, earning it a spot among Golf Range Magazine's top 100 ranges in 2011. Each hitting stall is fully covered and heated so that practice can continue in any weather, especially when it's hailing free golf balls. When game improvement hits a roadblock, golfers can enlist the help of manager and head pro Jason Kelp, who lends his expertise to help players of all skill levels—including beginners and children—better enjoy the game through lower scores and more frequent opportunities to domesticate wild golf carts.