Claremont Golf Club is a pleasant 9-hole public course on the west side of Portland that most people don’t know about. With two holes in excess of 500 yards, Claremont Golf Club is not an executive course even though the total yardage seems short. Most of the short holes have something (trees or water) to make you think. The greens are in good condition but the fairways are a bit spotty. Although there are trees, traps, water, and fairway undulations, the course winds its way through a housing development, and houses do come into play. Lots of tee boxes allow play for a wide variety of skill levels. The course is very walkable.
Built in 1993.
Why It Is There
Built as part of the surrounding housing development.
The 2nd hole is a long par 5 where you drive up a hill and then the fairway bends slightly to the right with trees encroaching on the right. Best to favor the left side on your drive.
Did You Know
In 1994, nationally syndicated cartoonist Jack Ohman was trying to break 50 for 9 holes and was standing with a 36 on the 8th tee believing he could not miss. There are ponds on the 8th and 9th holes and Mr. Ohman failed to achieve his objective. Turning bad into good, the experience caused Mr. Ohman to write a collection of cartoons entitled “Why Johnny Can’t Putt.”
Good For Them
Teaching practice course for both Beaverton and Sunset High Schools. Participant in PGA Junior League. The course annually hosts the Bethany-Claremont Golf Tournament to benefit Alzheimer’s research.
Although it lacks practice facilities, it is a nice, close-in, alternative course in Portland. Not as crowded as most of the Portland courses (still, call ahead for availability), it is laid back, while still being a reasonable test.
- Type: 9-hole public course
- Price: $$
- Phone/webpage: (503) 690-4589/www.claremontgolfclub.com
- Address: 15800 NW Country Club Drive, Portland, Oregon 97229
- Owner: Claremont Golf Association
- Designer: Billy McMonagle
- Pros: Anthony Wik (PGA)
- Practice Facilities: Putting green
- Pro Shop: Some clothing and some equipment
- Food: Pro shop has drinks and snacks
- Bathrooms: Improved in clubhouse and on course (but you need the code on your receipt to access the on-course restrooms)
- Yardage Markers: 250, 200, 150, and 100 in-ground markers on fairway and poles near the cart path; yardage on some sprinkler heads; pins color-coded for placement
- Clothing: Collared shirts
- Walkable: Very walkable
- Spikes: Soft
- Shoe Cleaning: Brush and air hose
- Rentals: All
- Open year-round
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