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Address: 3500 N Victory Blvd, Portland, OR 97217-7723
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06:00 - 21:00
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Heron Lakes Golf Club is Portland's premium golf experience at a value...

Heron Lakes Golf Club is Portland's premium golf experience at a value price. Located just off Interstate 5, Heron Lakes features 36 championship holes designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Owned by the City of Portland, the facility also has an all-grass practice facility with Driving Range, Putting Green, Chipping Green and bunker. Heron Lakes also is a host facility for The First Tee of Greater Portland. Since the construction of the Greenback Course, Heron Lakes has been host to many prestigious events including: US Amateur Public Links on the Greenback in 1979 and on the Great Blue in 2000, Neil Lomax's Quarterback Shootout on the Great Blue from 1992 to 1999 and the Northwest Open. Most recently, Heron Lakes was rated in the top 50 Public Courses by the 2010 Golf World Reader's Choice Awards.

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Best Public Course in Portland, OR

There are 2 outstanding courses at Heron Lakes. Green Back a typical northwest course with large fir trees and large greens a fun track. Great Blue is a more links course with... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2016
Bill G
Portland, Oregon
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

I recently played 18 holes at the Great Blue Heron course while in town for business. The green fee was only $34 for 18 on a weekday. There are two courses, both designed by Robert Trent Jones. The Green Back is a more traditionally American style course, and the Great Blue is a Links style course. My only regret is... More 

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Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The Great Blue course is deceptively challenging. We approached this links course thinking it would not be too challenging. We're we ever wrong! Robert Trent Jones looked at how far we could hit a driver and placed a bunker right there. And another bunker to catch our second shot. I hit a beautiful Alien Sand Wedge that lifted the ball... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

There are 2 outstanding courses at Heron Lakes. Green Back a typical northwest course with large fir trees and large greens a fun track. Great Blue is a more links course with more undulations on the green and demanding tee shots, toughest 3 finishing holes you will find. If you only have time for one game while in Portland visit... More 

Thank Bill G
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

Two eighteen hole courses that will challenge you. Great Blue with its sand and some water and Green Back with sand and plenty of water. Both feature a number of wide open fairways as well a several technical one to test you. Course is well maintained. Definitely worth the time to play.

Thank Hanaho1954
Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2015

Having played both Great Blue and Green Back courses over the past 20 years, I must say they have both matured to my 4 star level of great courses. While the Great Blue is their signature pro-am type course with longer holes, faster greens, and immaculate maintain fairways, the Green Back offers some exceptional challenges with very mature trees, hazards... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

Heron Lakes is one of my favorite spots to golf. Both 18 hole courses are unique in their own fashion. Greenback is more wide open with some trees and dog legs, while Great Blue is more of a links style course. You will not be disappointed playing here. Greens are always on point, and the fairways are among the best... More 

Thank Roan H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Three experienced golfers played this course with carts. Pro shop clerk was nice; but experience went downhill quickly. We were told to check in with the starter at first tee.... We were totally ignored, standing two feet in front of the 2 starters. Finally we just went to tee off. In the middle of our tee shot, a fellow approached... More 

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Smithers, BC
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Reviewed 15 July 2015

What a shame. This course is very good in a lot of ways. Interesting holes. Greens were nice but the extremely loud noise of the race track right beside it made the experience terrible. You had to yell to talk with your playing partner walking right beside you. It is too bad because everything else about the course was really... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Always love having the options to choose between two 18 hole courses. Run pretty well for one of the Portland public courses. Staff are friendly. Not a course that holds water very well during heavy rain service but absolutely amazing during the dry season both from the beauty and views but also course conditions.

Thank Jason D
Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 March 2015 via mobile

It's public and heavily trafficked, so the greens area little pockmarked and footprinted, but they still rolled reasonably well. The Blue Heron Course is an RTJ design and is by far the tougher of the two, but there is a good mix of holes and opportunities to score to make up for the really challenging holes. Both courses are easily... More 

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