Located about 13 miles north of Grants Pass, and perched on the side of a forested hill, Red Mountain Golf Course is a short, rural executive 9-hole public course that has something on each hole (water, hills, trees, slanting fairways, putting mound on 8). Red Mountain Golf Course has four par 3s and five par 4s (the longest being 305 yards). Fairways are mixed and the greens can be spotty, but the forest makes it an attractive setting. Although the course is next to I-5, the freeway only causes a background hum. It’s hilly, but short, and is a nice walk.
Opened in 1988. At the time it was built, it was the second course in the Grants Pass area.
Why It Is There
Bob Snook wanted to build a course in the area, so he purchased property from the BLM and designed and built the course. Kris and Brad Vandehey have kept the course going since 2002.
Don’t be put off by the entrance — as you get close, it seems like you are on a private street and then you take a one-lane tunnel under I-5 to get there.
Did You Know
When it opened, the course was called “Shoestring Golf Course,” allegedly because it was operated on a shoestring budget.
Good For Them
Juniors play free with adults.
A unique course in an attractive setting. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but worth the price. (And a nice way to take a break off of I-5.)
- Type: 9-hole public executive course
- Price: $
- Phone/webpage: (541)479-2297/no web site
- Address: 324 Mountain Greens Lane, Grants Pass, Oregon 97526
- Owner: Brad and Kris Vandehey
- Designer: Bob Snook; remodel by Brad Vandehey
- Pros: None
- Practice Facilities: Putting green
- Pro Shop: Minimal; some equipment and shirts
- Food: Snacks, soda, and beer. Nice outside sitting area
- Bathrooms: Improved in clubhouse
- Yardage Markers: 150 and 100 in-ground markers; no pin information (but the greens are small)
- Clothing: Please wear clothing
- Walkable: Hilly but short; a fine walk
- Spikes: Soft
- Shoe Cleaning: Brushes and air hose
- Rentals: All
- Open all seasons
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