Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club - Ghost Creek Course
Not Accomodating at all!
I was very excited to play Ghost Creek after having walked the course many times during local pro-am tournaments.
I arrived an hour early to hit a few balls and hoping to get off a little early from my 12:10 tee time because I had to referee a basketball game at 5:30 in St. Helens.
It looked promising, one person was on the driving range and nobody was playing the course or waiting to tee off at 11:00 AM.
I explained to the attendant at the pro shop that I had a basketball game to referee and asked if we could tee off a little early. He said NO, that the tee time was purchased through golf now at a discount rate and because of that, we had to wait until 12:10 to play. The only other people on the course was a threesome, which they sent off right in front of my twosome. They were walking and we were riding in the cart.
Play was slow, the ground was still soaked and any ball that was hit even a few feet off the fairway plugged, never to be found. We went through a dozen balls between the two of us and only played 14 holes because I had to get to my basketball game.
I could understand if the course was busy, them not letting us tee off early, but there was just one other group playing that day and they put the 3 some that was walking right in front of us.
With the course being that wet, it was not any kind of bargain at all with the discounted rate due to balls plugging and never being found. I would definitely not play there again under those conditions, wait til the course dries out!!
So between the wet conditions (it was not raining the day we played and had not rained for a few days prior) and the very unfriendly staff member, this experience was a definite let down.
January 23, 2015
Great course with some caveats.
Played on a moderately nice day given the winters in the Pacific Northwest. We played in a threesome on a GolfNow Hot Deal Rate on a Sunday after 2-3 days of pretty steady rain. Check in went great, no problems, very friendly staff. The clubhouse has an "exclusive" feel about it if you get my drift. Hit a few range balls at their nice range with good mats, loaded up and set off.
Play was good given the conditions and the course has plenty of challenges for you. We were warned that holes 4 and 6 were going to be our "wettest" on a day like this and the pro shop attendant wasn't lying. We had balls plug everywhere and it made finding balls very difficult in many situations. Greens played true but due to the massive rains before, earthworms were littered all about the greens. Made for some interesting putts. Either clear the path or putt with some protein in the way that could mess with the roll. Couple of crows tried to raid our carts when we were observing the cart path only rule for obvious reasons when we were across the fairways. Deer were abundant and unafraid. Beautiful course and even more beautiful when you throw in rainbows and a sun on the horizon.
The course was muddy pretty much everywhere, but we made the most of it. Creeks and ponds litter the course which makes you plan accordingly. The drainage could be much better outside of the greens which held up great. We all said that this course would be a very challenging joy in the spring/summer when it wasn't so soaked. We'll be back... Sometime.
January 20, 2015
Great course but expensive
I've played ghost creek and witch hollow a few times now. They are both great courses with some excellent holes. Without question the high point of these courses is the greens. They are phenomenal. Super fast and smooth regardless of the season (slower in winter of course). The fairways are also very lush and manicures.
That being said I can't let that justify the price pumpkin ridge charges. 50% of their asking prices would be more justified.
With the history at ghost creek and the quality of the course it's definitely worth a visit by any enthusiastic golfer.
January 11, 2015
Nice course, but watch out for weather
Nice course for summer, but not worth playing during winter season as the fairways will be full of rain fall and walking will require some extra skills to get out of muddy water.
December 27, 2014
terible winter course
This is rated as one of Oregon's best courses but sadly they don't seem to care in the winter. It's bad enough that nearly all the fairway shots plugged but it was also the case on most of the greens! Also the greens had not been swept so every putt left a tail stream of water. This course it not worth playing at any price in it's present condition.
December 23, 2014
Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek)
2nd time here, played on a Golf Now Hot Deal for $50 including cart/range balls. Played the blues (6357/72.0/139) in 3.5 hours. Started off very overcast and drizzly but was partly cloudy and nice by the end of the round on a very calm, 65 degree afternoon. The course played long after rains several days earlier in the week. Both holes #9 & #18 are signature type holes, well over 400 yard par 4's with hazards to avoid off the tee, then lakes guarding the front and one side of the green. Beautiful course, very challenging layout, Not overly tight but if you get crooked more than a few yards in many places your ball is just gone. I felt comfortable with driver on the par 4's and par 5's, although on one I should have used an iron. I attribute the 139 slope from the blues to the thick rough, specifically the lost ball type native rough, the severity of the greens and especially the sight lines. Numerous holes have diagonal yellow hazards that run across the fairways, making accurate yardage measurements very important on club selection. Having diagonal yellow hazards running @ 60 or 70 degrees through numerous fairways is something most golfers rarely encounter, and here it is about every 3rd or 4th hole. The greens were still showing remnants of the aeration 3 weeks ago. They were medium speed and a little bumpy @ times, but generally putted well. They are big for the most part, undulating and you need to get the ball on the right tier of several greens, or it's a likely 3 putt. The sand traps were very well maintained with thick, fluffy sand and well trimmed around the lips. I rarely rate anything a 10, but these were a 10. The fairways were generally lush, you hardly got any roll today. The rough is thick and usually lush. It is punitive, you cannot hit longer clubs out of this stuff. The native areas are calf to knee deep, an almost sure lost ball or unplayable lie. The rough around the greens is very punitive. The tees were well maintained. The par 3 tee's were very well maintained, almost all divots fixed, very good to excellent overall. To me, great course, love the layout. However, this course still isn't worth the $90 - $125 they charge @ full rack rate to walk, but it is VERY well worth playing if you can get a deal.
November 24, 2014
Pumpkin Ridge is widely considered to be the premiere course in the Portland area and they charge accordingly. Because of that I was expecting to have a wonderful, and unique, experience. I was anticipating challenging holes, undulating greens, and a setting that's worthy of professional golf tournaments. I was expecting the "wow" factor. Surprisingly it wasn't even close.
The rough, just off the fairways, was so long that you literally had to search 10 minutes to find your ball; if you could at all. Now maybe they just hadn't mowed it since it was November, but the fairways were in great shape so it seemed like they planned it that way.
The greens were also in great shape, but they were nothing special. Mostly flat and not challenging at all.
The only yardage markers were on the cart paths, which are typically about 30-50 yards from the fairway making them useless, and then on the sprinkler heads as well. There were no 150 markers in the fairway on any hole. To me that's golf 101. Even the cheapest courses have clearly visible yardage markers.
Lastly, their pricing is outrageous. During peak season you can easily pay over $100 per round, which is a joke.
Nitpicking aside, this course simply isn't worth that kind of money. If you want challenging go to Great Blue or Camas Meadows to name a couple. You'll pay quite a bit less for either. For similar scenery you could practically go anywhere else; i.e. Broadmoor, Greenback, Tri-Mountain, etc.
I hate to say it, because I was really looking forward to playing this course, but I was very disappointed and I won't be going back.
November 10, 2014
This course is ranked higher than a number of courses in the top 100 that I have played. I cannot say I came away being more impressed with this course than pretty much all of the others that I had played that were also in the top 100.
Now this is mostly from a general feeling of how the course looked and a general feeling of how they could play in good conditions. Unfortunately when I played the course was pretty difficult to play.
The weather is starting to turn and as such most of the week was preceded with alot of rain. The weather while we were playing was a great. It was actually sunny and dry. Unfortunately most of the ground was over saturated and the rough appeared like it had not been cut in a while. The largest issue that I had during the day, outside of having so many super soft lies, was that finding your ball was a major chore. The course was littered with leaf foliage which obscured even good shots. Hitting the ball into the rough resulted in a 75% chance of never finding it again. The course was cart path only for riders, and Im not sure if that made things slower than they could have been.
I would love to play again in good conditions. I think even with the soft conditions had the foliage not been present and the rough been reasonable length it would have been much more playable. The day starts to get tiring when you start losing ball after ball with decent shots.
October 27, 2014