Charbonneau Golf Club

General Course DescriptionCharbonneau golf

Charbonneau Golf Club is a 27-hole semi-private (member clubs have reserved tee times) executive golf complex about 19 miles south of downtown Portland near I-5. The three parklike courses are fairly similar. All meander through the Charbonneau housing development (houses line all the holes). But a wide variety of mature trees frame the holes (and protect the houses), with some trees impinging on some holes and forming the primary defense. All courses have four short par-4s and five long par-3s with at least one par-3 over water. There are many traps (mostly around the greens). Nicely maintained with consistent greens. Charbonneau Golf Club has a nice staff and improving practice facilities. The courses are flat and a very nice walk.

Course History

The first 18 holes opened in 1973 and the third 9 opened in 1979. The property was originally owned by George Law Curry, Oregon’s territorial governor 1854 – 59. Willamette Factors, Inc., bought the land and built the courses. The courses have since been purchased by the Homeowners Association. The club was named 2017 OGA Club of the Year for its work in growing the game.

Why It Is ThereCharbonneau golf

Built as part of the Charbonneau Housing Development.

I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Played

To score well here, it’s all about the short game.

Did You Know

Given the number of houses that line the fairways, it is surprising that more windows are not broken (or more protective nets erected). The first window was broken by the courses’ original superintendent, Bill Nuessle.

Good For Them

It’s all about community. They hold multiple junior camps and clinics. The pond in front of the 9th green on the Green 9 provides water to neighboring houses as well as the course. They hold multiple charity tournaments, including for the Pink Ball, a benefit for the American Cancer Society. And the men’s and women’s clubs provide scholarships to college-age staff.

Why Play This CourseCharbonneau golf

Fast, flat, short, and affordable. A nice place to play with a group with diverse skill levels.


    • Type: Three 9-hole semi-private executive courses
    • Price: $$
    • Phone/webpage: (503)694-1246/
    • Address:  32020 SW Charbonneau Drive, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
    • Owner: Charbonneau Golf Club, Inc.
    • Designer: Ted Robinson Sr.
    • Pros: Chris A. Bensel (PGA)
    • Practice Facilities: Eight covered, lighted, and heated net driving areas, together with a practice sand and pitching area; and a practice green
    • Pro Shop: Good mix of clothing and equipment
    • Food: Market Cafe, which is next to the pro shop, is a full-service restaurant open during golf course hours
    • Bathrooms: Improved in clubhouse and on course
    • Yardage Markers: There are inconsistent sources of yardage information between holes – some 150 and 100 in-ground markers; small pine trees mark 150 on most holes; some sprinklers have yardage; lower flags on pins mark position
    • Clothing: T-shirts and non-holed jeans are OK
    • Walkable: Flat, easy walk
    • Spikes: Soft
    • Shoe Cleaning: Brushes and air hose
    • Rentals: All
    • Open all year
Green/Yellow 18 Yards Par Rating Slope
Blue 4261 62 61.5 102
White 4050 62 60.8/63.1 101/108
Red 3804 65 61.6 103
Red 9 Yards Par Rating Slope
Blue 2007 31 30.2 105
White 1912 31 29.9/30.8 102/106
Red 1796 32 30.2 102
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