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4.2
94 Reviews (94)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
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3 Stars
16
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
88.3%
Recommend this course
80 out of 94 reviews
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4.4
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
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0
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.4
90.9%
Recommend this course
10 out of 11 reviews
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4.4
15 Reviews (15)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.4
93.3%
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14 out of 15 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Style Parkland
Par 72
Length 6615 yards
Slope 128
Rating 72.0
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Greenback Course - Heron Lakes
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6615 yards 72.0 128
White 72 5952 yards 68.6 123
White (W) 72 5952 yards 74.2 132
Red 72 5240 yards 69.8 123
Scorecard for The Greenback
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.0/132 536 408 176 369 506 404 207 377 392 3375 499 397 428 503 205 318 178 356 379 3263 6638
Blue M: 69.6/127 W: 75.6/136 512 384 151 339 486 364 178 355 354 3123 465 389 372 477 188 292 144 332 359 3018 6141
White M: 67.7/124 W: 73.4/131 480 368 125 317 460 344 152 335 343 2924 450 368 349 461 167 273 105 314 339 2826 5750
Yellow M: 65.1/115 W: 70.2/127 461 346 100 268 425 309 139 303 335 2686 417 345 319 386 149 263 92 283 329 2583 5269
Orange M: 60.4/106 W: 62.5/108 382 282 61 208 317 239 95 244 225 2053 285 230 230 355 110 220 75 200 255 1960 4013
Handicap 2 10 18 6 4 8 16 14 12 5 9 3 1 11 17 13 15 7
Par 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 36 5 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 2 12 16 10 4 14 18 8 6 3 5 9 1 15 7 17 13 11

Course Details

Year Built 1971
Fairways Winter Rye Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $16
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Shirts must be worn on the premises at all times.

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Reviews

4.2
94 Reviews (94)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 11
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 15
Water Hazards 13
Forced Carries 6
This course/club is great for:
Walkers 16
Locals 15
Seniors 11
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 18
Near the Airport 10

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Best Course in Portland!

Heron lakes Greenbacks is in my opinion the best course in Portland. I love this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lightning fast greens.

My friend used to work there for a few years and used to play both courses all the time.
Had a blast after not playing here for some years.
And as anyone that's played a lot of golf here it lives up to the saying:
"no break Heron lake".
Some of you know what I'm talking about. lol

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Didn't cost too many greenbacks

I'm not a good golfer, and I tend to play executive courses of about 2000 yds per 9 holes. But I've been striking the ball unusually well lately, and had a $20 Golf Now credit, so I gave this course a try. Friends and past playing partners had recommended it. The fairways were wide, there were no hills, but a number of water hazards and traps did me in. I lost 5 balls during the round It was difficult at times to determine where the greens were on the longer holes, as a first-time player. Other than a few random wet spots, the course was dry and the greens in good shape. I sank a 45-foot putt, but otherwise had nothing good happen. For an average or better golfer, there are enough pitfalls there to offer some challenges.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wide open and beautiful

This was just what i needed to get my confidence back. A great course in perfect condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice jOb

For March golf in the Portland area the course was in excellent shape and the greens were good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Wouldn't bother coming back

Played both courses at Heron Lakes before, but forgot how dingy the facilities have become. Mildew smell from the outdoor carpet, the club house is nothing more than a mobile trailer that is on its last leg, bathrooms were gross, and staff at the pro shop were seemingly inconvenienced by us at check-in. I can say that the course was in decent shape considering it is early March and we are just coming off of a few weeks of snow, greens were better than expected. Worst part of the course is the incredible amount of bird crap. 4 out of 5 balls will come to lie on feces, guaranteed.

For the price, the course is decent, but there are plenty of better courses/club houses/pro shop staffs in the Portland area for the same price. I won't be going back to Heron Lakes until they make some changes.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Greenback

Played white tees. Driver not needed for most holes. Short course, make sure you know where the end of fairway is on dog legs so you don't hit through them. Greens is great shape- besides multiple ball marks not repaired on every green. Greens vary- some are flat, others have undulations. Most are generous in size. Fairways in great shape! Bunkers are good as well. Some fairways and a couple greens have goose turds...very organic. I like this course...kinda laid back muni-style, but with some class and challenge. Will return over and over.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

November Golf

Great weather for November golf. Course is in good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fall is in the air.

Leaves are on the ground but the course is In great shape. The tee boxes have been moved around to change the feel of the holes and length making it feel like the first time playing here.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greenback Sunday review

I was able to get a convenient tee time at 8:00 am. I was matched with a terrific twosome that were fun to play with and matched my twosome’s ability. 18 holes, walking, took 4 hours. We had a great time.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Nice day - Great Round

Beautiful day/ Morning for golf! Only issue due to the prior and upcoming heat of the day the conditions were wet as things were over watered.. Biggest issue was in the sand as it was damp and packed. Otheriwse if I stayed out of the traps it was fine!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

always fun to play.. needs more water, though pretty hot days...
snack cart sells things too expensive ;(

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

What a Disappointment!

I used to live in Portland and played this course often. I have not played it in over 20 years until today and was flabbergasted by the overall experience. There was no starter or greeter, the carts are old and in poor condition, and the course itself is not well maintained.

Fairways were dry and hardpan, fairway bunkers were poorly maintained (one broken rake for a large bunker!), and on-course "amenities" were non-existent. There is no bathroom on the front nine at all, limited drinking water throughout the course, and large flocks of geese -- with all of their waste -- litters the course.

Clearly, there is no pride in the way this course is being presented to the public. It gets a lot of play, but any positive reviews are ill deserved. I now live in the Palm Springs, CA area and play at least three rounds a week at a variety of well maintained course around the desert -- paying between $45 and $80 in season, and as low as $25 in the heat of our summer there.

I paid $20 for a "Hot Deal" time. I would never pay any more than that for this course.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome course and has lots of wildlife and amazing veiws.

Absolutely love this course and great blue. I shot the best round of my life with a 79. Staff is very friendly and course was in great condition. Will definitely be playing there again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Couse in great shape

Greens were firm and fast and would hold a good short iron from the fairway. Pace was excellent, finished in just over 4 hours. Fairways had a few browned out areas but at least the sprinkler heads had yardage to the center (per peeve of mine.) Hot deal worked out well and they honor "youth on course" discount for my son!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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