Though beautiful views and impeccable maintenance are typically found at long, difficult courses, the staff at Lake Oswego Golf Course believes that beginning and intermediate players should also be able to enjoy a top-notch course while learning the game. At 2,517 yards in total, the 18-hole, par-3 layout removes the physical stress of extreme length. Players can learn to hone in their game while golfing against the backdrop of Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Individual holes range between 74 and 179 yards, creating a hole-in-one opportunity on every tee box?provided a golfer can avoid Lost Dog Creek, outstretched tree boughs, and lost center fielders searching for fly balls.
Away from the links, golfers can refuel at the course's on-site restaurant, Casa del Pollo. Here, they can feast on home-style Costa Rican food, including chicken and steak tacos, burritos, and casado con carne?a grilled steak fillet atop a plate of rice, beans, pickled onions, and carrots.
The game of golf is rife with opportunities for children to build character, learn new skills, make new friends, and adopt healthy, active lifestyles. As the local chapter of a national nonprofit organization, First Tee of Greater Portland seeks to expose the community's youth to this fun pastime and plant the seeds of a lifelong passion. Unfortunately, a number of hurdles lie between the game and those kids who stand to benefit the most, ranging from equipment cost to course proximity to the inner city. The First Tee helps disadvantaged youth overcome these issues with programs dedicated specifically to their unique situations, including free rounds and lessons, educational programs, and mentorships with responsible adults who aren't just desperate for caddying gigs.
The Portland chapter of The First Tee operates at 6 locations around the city, but only one is dedicated solely to the development of junior golfers. The Children's Course is a 9-hole layout with different pars for different age groups: it's a par 3 course for anyone 13 and over, a par 5 course for ages 9-12, and a par 7 course for those 8 and under.
King City Golf Course strings together three par 3s, five par 4s, and a single par 5 for a relatively short and challenging 2,284-yard course that has been welcoming swings since 1966. A gauntlet of sand traps and a pond form the bulk of difficulties along the layout's relatively flat track, a welcome relief from sadistic designs with extreme elevation changes or vertical greens. Golfers can warm up their swinging sinews at the course’s practice net before starting their round.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 34 course * Total length of 2,284 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 62.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 101 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
At Summerfield Golf Course, players search for birdies and eagles among the tree-lined fairways of a nine-hole, par-33 course. With three par 3s and six par 4s, the course measures 2,343 yards from the farthest tees, letting clubbers focus on their short game and give their titanium drivers most of the day off to spend soaking in a bathtub full of polish. Each hole holds two tee options to suit different skill levels and allow golfers who want to loop it twice for an 18-hole round to experience a distinct front and back nine. PGA Pro Rob Lindsey offers lessons for all skill levels, and the onsite pro shop prepares players for their rounds with shirts, balls, apparel, and tees.
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
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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