Heron Lakes Golf Course
I've only played this course once but it won't be the last.
This is a beautiful links style course and very affordable. Challenging with lots of water and bunkers to negotiate. Pace of play was good at just over 4 hours. The layout of the course was what I enjoyed most when playing it. The rolling hills, doglegs around water and views from the tees, where you don't always see where the landing is, makes for great variety of shots. I'll be playing this one again.. and again.
October 14, 2012
challenging course but wide open.
I like heron lakes because they have two courses and its usually pretty easy to get on. The greens are very nice too.
March 26, 2013
Nice course, but flat, and not alot of difference between first hole and last. Fair greens and traps, enjoyable enough
March 16, 2013
Two great 18's to choose from
We playthis course all the time and the great blue course is our favorite of the two, more challenging. It is maybe not the best winter course, but beautiful challenging holes. The staff is awesome as well.
March 4, 2013
some hard holes but great layout very challanging course play great blue want to try other 18 course next
February 25, 2013
needs a bit of attention.
I enjoy both Greenback and Great Blue. The course condition is a problem. The golfers playing this track seem to be lacking very basic skills, namely; repairing ball marks, replacing divots and raking bunkers. It's a shame because it's a great course and I just wish people would have more respect for the course and the players that follow them.
February 5, 2013
Nice course, modest facilities
Played here for the first time in years in early February, played great blue. Given the time of year the course was actually in pretty nice shape, some drainage issues but relatively few ball parks on the greens which is unusual for a PDX public course. They had a dog out trying to keep the geese at bay--harvest them to feed the poor, I say. Slow place was mostly the fault of the other twosome we were paired with.
February 4, 2013
winter conditions of course were better than expected
Although the greens are showing some very heavy use, the course wasn't as wet as I expected it. Fewer mushy spots in the fairway and far fewer plugged balls for January golf. As always, you have to navigate your putting around ball marks and goose waste, but for the cost and the fact that it is a public course it's not bad. The tee boxes have been moved up for winter play and this makes many of the holes easier, but counteracts the loss of ball flight and roll you don't get in the winter.
January 7, 2013
Fantastic, challenging layout
The Great Blue is a fantastic, very challenging layout, and fun to play... just not this time of year. Course is overrun with Geese and other birds, meaning bird droppings are all over the fairways. So much so that you couldn't walk or roll a pull-cart without getting the "stuff" all over your shoes and wheels. Greens weren't bad though. I was told by another player I had picked the worst week of the year to play here, because they are closed Christmas Day, meaning there is no one (players) to chase the Geese off the fairways. They just camp (and do their business) on them for 36 hours straight.
December 28, 2012
Nice winter day on the links.
My GF & I played Greenback yesterday. We played winter rules in mid-December as anybody would. The course was in fairly nice shape. Not too swampy for our rainy winter weather. We especailly liked the greens. They were very smoothy and putts were makeable. We enjoyed our afternoon on the Greenback.
December 10, 2012
Stick with the Great Blue course, although both are virtually unplayable in the winter because of the soft conditions (ball plugging). Great Blue is a challenging links layout. ...both courses are often coated in geese droppings, coating pull cart tires with an inch of the stuff...small grass tees driving range
December 8, 2012
A challenging Robert Trent Jones Jr. Course with a nice layout and some fast undulating greens.
Don't be confused. The Great Blue Course is different than the Greenback. Both are nice the Great Blue offers the most challenge and is the nicer of the two. For a public course, it is in great shape and very walkable. I recommend for your golf outing in Portland, Oregon.
November 2, 2012
Greens had just been aerated, still great course.
This is a beautiful course with some tough bunkers and plenty of water hazards. Probably a bit beyond my skill level but still had fun. I did not realize the reason for the discounted price was because the greens had just been aerated until I got to the pro shop . It was still worth playing, I had wanted to play "Great Blue" for a while.
October 5, 2012
Normally this course is very good, good condition, etc....and it was this time except for the sand
Sand traps were really in need of more sand. They were hard and it was very difficult to get under the ball and get it up and out of the sand. If it had been wet previously, it would have been more understandable, but obviously, this was not true. With all the traps on this course, it was indeed, a problem. Other than that, the course was in fine shape and $24 for Great Blue is a good price.
October 4, 2012
Greens were in poor shape. Fairways had alot of divot holes. Play was slow.
September 24, 2012
One of my favorite courses to play when I visit Portland.
Would like to see the Cart Fee added as part of the total cost for the round like many places do.
September 23, 2012
Course by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. for $36 is a bargain.
Nice layout. I used every club in the bag--a good test for any track. Compact, but not tight and lots of variety for shotmakers. Greens were true and well maintained as were fairways and tee boxes. Wish I could say the same for the bunkers which were in poor shape and sand quality was inconsistent. My understanding is the bunkers were a work in progress, and the subject of my only complaint. If I was a better ball striker, I wouldn't have a reason to gripe. Staff was helpful and pleasant. Had a great time and will be returning often.
September 21, 2012