This is the private 3-par course that is part of the private country club that annually hosts the local LPGA Championship in Northeast Portland, Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Although no hole is longer than 120 yards, it is a good par three course with lots of trees and traps. The biggest challenge is the large, well-maintained, multi-tiered, undulating greens that hold very well and are consistent and true. Overall, the course is well maintained and a pleasure to play (despite the jets going to and from neighboring Portland International Airport). There is a great practice pitching area (and separate putting green) next to the course with multiple pins and traps to practice your short game before you test your short game on the course. Short, compact, and a very nice walk.
Opened in 2004.
Why It Is There
Members wanted a place to practice and encourage juniors to play. They just happened to have excess land and secured the talents of two of the region’s top course designers to put in a par-3 course.
In general, putts will tend to break away from the burm you cross between the first and second holes.
Did You Know
There are multiple yardage markers in-ground on each hole. These are alternative tee positions (but can be used as yardage markers if you are short of the green).
Good For Them
The club does a lot to maintain the environment. They have an automatic sprinkler system activated only when the moisture content in a particular area of soil is low. They were, and are applying to be, a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. They hold multiple junior camps (for children of members), from just starting to elite golfers. It is the home course of Concordia University. For over 20 years the course has held the Annual Women’s Cancer Fundraising Tournament for Providence Hospital.
Separate from the main course and its practice facilities, this course (with its great greens) and its adjacent practice area is a great place to learn and practice. When you include the main course and its facilities, it is a great club to join for a seasoned golfer or beginner.
- Type: 9-hole, 3-par private course
- Price: Private
- Phone/webpage: (503)285-3676/www.cecc.com
- Address: 2220 NE Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon 97211
- Owner: Columbia Edgewater Country Club
- Designer: Gene “Bunny” Mason and Dan Hixon
- Pros: Adrian Burtner (PGA); Carrie DeGee (PGA); Bryan Tunstill (PGA; 2005 and 2006 Oregon PGA professional of the year)
- Practice Facilities: A multi-pin, multi-trap practice pitching area and a putting green near the first hole; the club has additional excellent practice facilities — range off grass (some mats), chipping and sand practice areas, two putting greens, indoor simulator with Trackman
- Pro Shop: Good amount of clothing and equipment
- Food: Clubhouse has a main restaurant as well as a grill, both full service, open to members and guests
- Bathrooms: Improved in clubhouse; none on course
- Yardage Markers: None (other than tee markers)
- Clothing: Proper golf attire only
- Walkable: A little hilly, but a nice walk
- Spikes: Soft
- Shoe Cleaning: Brushes and air hose
- Rentals: All
- All seasons, good drainage in winter
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