Indian Creek Golf Course's layout snakes through the Hood River Valley between a network of sprawling orchards and wineries with panoramic views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams creating a dramatic backdrop. Water comes into play on 11 holes, including three creeks that bisect fairways to disrupt play and tempt players to take fairway naps to the melodic babbling of their playing partners. On the par 5 fourth hole, precision is paramount, as the dogleg right is entirely fortified by water to the right and the small, narrow green make short putts strenuous with hard-to-read-breaks.
Indian Creek Golf Course won an Environmental Excellence award from Audubon International for its efforts in areas of wildlife and habitat management, chemical-use reduction, and water-quality management. The course and its surrounding land act as a sanctuary to a variety of wildlife, including several species of caddies now endangered because rampant cart use. Course at a Glance:
Cradled in the Columbia River Gorge for 40 years, Beacon Rock Golf Course offers a lush nine-hole course (played through twice from two sets of tees for a full 18 holes) for golf enthusiasts of every striking skill level. With narrow landings and deceptive greens, Beacon Rock's 2,700 yards of green will keep foursomes challenged (up to a $104 value). Transport seamlessly between each new hole in two motorized carts, each equipped with life preservers for those drowning in a bunker (a $52 value).