Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club - Ghost Creek Course
The weather was excellent and so was the course. Fairways and greens in top shape. The greens were spring time slow compared to the normal speed of the greens. Great course to play.
March 20, 2015
Always a fun course to play
Unfortunately it had been raining for days prior and the course doesn't seem to drain as well as others in the area. It was wet and sloppy in places. It was also disappointing that the wind was blowing harder than any time I've every played anywhere which made it tough. However, it's always fun to play Ghost Creek and will definitely do it again.
March 17, 2015
Better than Ever
This course seemed to be just as good as when I first played there in 1993 when it was created to host the U.S Open. Although it has hosted the US Amateur (TWs fourth), the Junior Amateur and the Woman's Open,the USGA has selected other venues for its Open most notably Chambers Bay in three months.I have played both of these courses and would have a hard time choosing one over the other.
March 5, 2015
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