Bayou Golf Course

General Course DescriptionDSCN1329[1]

A 9-hole public course to the west of McMinnville, just off of Highway 99W. It is a rural course, surrounded by farmland, with good greens but spotty fairways. Most of the holes are creative with trees, water, sand, or contours that can get you into trouble. There is a wide variety of mature trees. Only real hill is getting back to the clubhouse after the 9th hole. Otherwise, it is a pleasant walk. There is an adjacent 3-par course that is worth a visit.

Course History

Built in 1964 and then quickly held a number of pro-am tournaments. Hosted the NW NCAA Small College Tournament in the 1960s.

Why It Is There

Originally built by the White family as part of White Manor Retirement complex. It was originally intended to be 18 holes. The adjacent manor had an elegant dining room that hosted many events.

I Wish I Would Have Known Before I PlayedDSCN1330[1]

There are several holes that have little “tricks” to them. Hole 2, a par 4, has an Oak tree on the right, but trees on the left guard the green. You either need to hit a fade around the Oak or play over the Oak to have a chance of hitting the green in two. The 4th hole is a tree-lined par 4. The fairway opens up on the left after the power pole. Playing up the left will keep the plum trees on the right out of play.

Did You Know

The pine tree in front of the clubhouse is over 100 years old.

Good For Them

They water by hand. In drought times, they only water tees and greens. Home course for Amity High School.

Why Play This CourseDSCN1335[1]

A laid-back, family-friendly course with some interesting holes and nice trees with a very nice practice facility in the 9-hole 3-par course.


  • Type: 9-hole public course with 9-hole par-27 par-3 course
  • Price: $$
  • Phone/webpage: (503)472-4651/
  • Address:  9301 SW Bayou Drive, McMinnville, Oregon 97128
  • Owner: Bayou Golf Course, Inc
  • Designer: William Sander (both the 9-hole and 3-par courses)
  • Pros: None
  • Practice Facilities: Driving range with 4 mats (a bit short and beat up) and putting green; the 9-hole par-27 course (separate fee) has no yardage (so take a score card) and has holes with very small greens and sand, water, trees, and elevation changes
  • Pro Shop: Minor clothing and equipment
  • Food: Snacks, soda, and beer; there is a large event space next door
  • Bathrooms: Improved in clubhouse and porta potty on the course
  • Yardage Markers: 150 poles; 200, 150, 100 markers in-ground on fairway; pin placement marked by color on the 150 pole (on the 3-pars the color is on the yardage sign)
  • Clothing: Be dressed
  • Walkable: Very, except the hill to the clubhouse
  • Spikes: Soft
  • Shoe Cleaning: Brush and air hose
  • Rentals: All
  • Seasonality: Open year-round
Yards Par Rating Slope
Blue 3221 36 35.1 119
White 3103 36 34.6/37.6 118/134
Red 2610 36 34.8 116
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