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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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