Portland golf more than has golfing enthusiasts covered in terms of fun places to play. A handful of excellent municipal courses that are reasonably priced figure among the top Portland golfing spots, as do some high-quality public courses that are also relatively easy on the wallet, especially if you avoid the busier weekends. Adding to the mix are a number of fantastic private-equity Portland golf courses, though you will have to be a member or receive a special invite to play them. If you can't find your ideal course in Portland proper, some dandies lie just outside of the city, with nearby Oregon City being home to some of the most enticing public courses in the area.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy some of the best golfing in Portland. Municipal courses such as the Eastmoreland Golf Course and the Red Tail Golf Course provide attractive layouts for a fair price. The former is arguably the best of the municipal Portland golf courses and can be found just five miles from the heart of the downtown area.
As is true of most of the municipal courses in and around the city, Eastmoreland offers relatively complete facilities, including a driving range, a pro shop, and a restaurant. As for the course itself, it is the second-oldest in all of Oregon and stretches out to 6,529 yards from the back tees. Mature trees line the fairways, adding year-round beauty, and you won't want for a challenge thanks to the lakes, streams, and ravines that are spread about. As for the Red Tail Golf Course, it too offers complete facilities and is less than ten miles from the heart of town. The 18-hole course at Red Tail is a true municipal gem, as it has been upgraded to championship status. More than 40 bunkers and 6 lakes come into play on more than half of the holes, offering a challenging experience.
When it comes to the best golfing in Portland, two other municipal destinations that are not to be overlooked include the Heron Lakes Golf Course and the Rose City Golf Course. You can find Heron Lakes near the airport, and you might be interested to know that its two fine courses were designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. It's hard to say which of the two eighteen-hole courses at Heron Lakes is better, though if you're tight on time, you might try to play the Great Blue Course. It was awarded an impressive four stars by Golf Digest in a "Best Places to Play" study in 2008–2009.
Should your Portland golf outing take you to the Rose City Golf Course instead, you'll enjoy a classic golfing experience, thanks in part to the fact that the course opened way back in 1923. Mature trees line the fairways, and due to periodic renovations, the course remains enjoyable throughout the year. Both Heron Lakes and Rose City have dining establishments that can come in handy before, in-between, and after your round.
Complementing the municipal Portland golf courses are a number of good public courses that golfing enthusiasts are likely to enjoy. The Broadmoor Golf Course, the Oregon City Golf Club, and the Stone Creek Golf Club are among the public courses that are known for offering some of the best golfing in Portland. Taking things up a notch is also what Pumpkin Ridge and the Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club are all about. Found west of Portland near the Willamette Valley Wine Region, these public golfing destinations are easily among the best in the area. Both offer 36 beautiful golf holes and some very attractive facilities.
While there aren't any golf resorts in Portland, those who are interested in enjoying a Portland golf vacation might keep the Heathman Hotel in mind. This elegant hotel offers some excellent golfing packages. Should an upscale golf and spa resort be what you have in mind, then you might prefer a stay at the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort. This divine coastal resort can be found about an hour and half's drive from Portland, and as far as its eighteen-hole course is concerned, it deserves mention among the best in the state.