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.
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.
Built on a former dairy farm in 1969, the executive course at Meadowlawn incorporates a compact game of nine holes into residential Arcadia. Four par 3 holes help players develop their short game amid hazards such as a creek, lake, and sand bunkers newly renovated with tiny camels and to-scale mirages. The course also features five par 4s for diverse play while still maintaining a scaled-down layout that ensures a quick round, allowing players to get in enough play. After rounds, the onsite Upper Deck Grill refuels and rejuvenates golfers with a menu of salads, sandwiches, and grill fare.
Like a hole in one on a par 3, the creation of OGA Golf Course was the product of time, patience, and a little luck. In 1991, the Oregon Golf Association began its search for a location to build an 18-hole golf course. Their commissioned study, which probed the finances and feasibility of such a project, returned ill tidings: without some sort of aid, the OGA would not be able to open its own facility. One year later, and seemingly out of nowhere, the Tukwila Partners Development Corporation donated 179 acres of farmland to the Association, land that was transformed into a par 72 course.
The holes at OGA Golf Course give players of all skill levels a worthy challenge. The first hole introduces players to the course with a straightforward drive and a par 4 finish. The fourth hole confronts golfers with a par 5 that discourages the use of drivers, as shots must pass through a narrow landing. Players finish their round with the par 4 hole 18 that contains a double green, providing a relaxed ending and ample space to take a nap.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course Total length of 6,565 yards from the back tees Course rating of 71.4 from the back tees Course slope of 132 from the back tees Four sets of tees per hole Scorecard
Players have to cover 6,744 yards from the back tees at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course, testing their skills against a layout characterized by rolling fairways, lush grasses, and slick greens. The public course carries a rating and slope of 73.4 and 140, respectively, so it's not for the faint of heart, but those who can bend their shots around the trees lining the fairway and the lurking bunkers earn both bragging rights and the right to name the golf cart "Steve." While long drives carry the day from the back tees, shorter hitters can seek sweet relief in one of the three closer tees, even adjusting the overall yardage down to under 5,500 yards from the reds.