Heron Lakes Golf Club - Great Blue Course
|White (W)||72||6030 yards||75.9||142|
|Black M: 74.0/139||413||515||324||168||566||205||396||466||428||3481||412||182||526||446||352||187||380||523||413||3421||6902|
|Blue M: 71.9/137||381||501||307||150||520||179||380||428||402||3248||388||173||506||443||321||176||356||496||384||3243||6491|
|White M: 69.9/131 W: 75.9/142||351||461||286||126||503||161||343||413||366||3010||367||166||467||408||300||149||325||474||364||3020||6030|
|Red M: 68.5/128 W: 71.3/131||314||435||260||111||432||103||297||361||286||2599||346||139||400||342||274||122||259||439||338||2659||5258|
High potential course that is lacking a bit of maintenance.
Great course lacking some maintenance but other than that it’s a really good place to golf. Parking is tough but doable. Tea times are every 9 minutes causing compression in the pace of play often. If it’s not slow pace of play it’s really fast and enjoyable but one group can really cause a big back log. 10 minute intervals might help but I am not the owner and I don’t know their bottom line for making money.
Course Conditions have significantly dropped!
This is a Robert Trent Jones Jr designed course. I have played this course numerous times over the past 15 years. It "was" one of the best Muni courses in the country!
Haven't played this course in 2 years and discovered that the course conditions have drastically dropped. The greens used to be between and 11 - 12, and sometimes in July or August a 13! Now a 9. The fairways are now like an average rough, the sand traps are poor and in need of maintenance - see photo. This course a 7-8 (out of 10), now maybe a 4 - just above being a mowed down cow pasture.
Great course but its a ball eating course. Lots of bunkers and water. Stay in the fairway are you will lose your ball
Pick your poison
Played in a foursome where I was the only one who has never played the course, where as the others played this course multiple times. Each one of them said you can play this course 20 times and you will play it different each time.
Off the tee it provides you with options on how to play the hole. Will you challenge the fairway bunker and risk putting water into play where it wouldn't be if you clubbed down short? Lay it up short for a long approach shot? Not many courses in the area provide you with the multitude of options off the tee; most are take driver/less than driver and pipe it down as far as you can. Not Great Blue. You've got some hard choices ahead of you.
Fairways are in decent condition when you factor in early season conditions, greens were in great shape without yet being aerated, a few tee boxes are a little uneven which is fairly annoying.
A few negatives about the course: I booked online via their website a few days prior to the day of play and they somehow lost my booking. They had to squeeze me in where I should have already had a tee time. Second is something they can't really do anything about and that's duck/goose poop lines much of the holes, so if that's an issue for you probably should wait for the summer months.
Sunny,windy and cold golf.
There was so much goose and duck poop on the fairways it was amazing. On the 17th hole there were thousands of birds and poop like you would not believe. Too early to be out on the course.
Played today besides the fact they didn’t feel the need to mention the greens had been verticut and sanded.... the Goose poop is ridiculous! This was the first time i’ve Ever had to wash my shoes and push cart after a round. Not to mention wash my towels and pants as soon as I got home.
You literally can’t walk 5 feet without stepping in or dodging (then stepping in) poop!
Oh and on the back nine my tee shot landed about 5 feet from a big ( I mean BiG) steaming pile of dog poop.
Playability wise: fairways were furry and lots of upheaval (think little reverse divots) I had to clean goose poop off my ball on every shot (not exaggerating) greens were crazy slow due to sanding.
The bunkers were my only reprieve from the greasy Goose slip and we’re surprisingly soft and able to handle a standard bunker shot.
I think I’ll leave this course alone till summer!
Challenging and fun course but there is way too much goose poop that you have to play through.
Grew up playing this course. If you don’t play it all the time (Men’s club) or Pro or a really good Am who is daily accurate this course can give you fits. And the back 9 is one of the toughest 9s in the state. It’s a love hate relationship with the blue. You play well here you can play well anywhere. The only I need to accomplish is shoot under on the back and then do it consistently. Great course.
Climate change in the NW
Beautiful day, sunny and warm on the first Monday in December. This week will be a great time to get some golf in for the end of the year. The Blue course is tough but in great shape.
The drinks inside and on the course are too expensive. They charge $5.50 per can for something that cost less than 10 dollars for a six pack.
Great experience and we'll be back
We had a great time playing the Heron Lakes Great Blue course on Sunday. We played at 3pm to get a cheaper round since it is a little pricier for a public track. I would say it is definitely worth it though. The course is in great condition and it's a challenging round. There's a lot of water in play. The other golfers we saw looked to be experienced and I think this helped with pace of play. One negative I would say is that there is not much shade on the course, which we were hoping for since it was really hot.
First time - New to area
Just moved here from Sacramento. Love the layout and the length of the holes. Just be prepared for the weather - everyone has golf umbrellas and covers for their clubs. The facilities are old but I don't mind.
Course needs maintenance pretty bad
The course is wonderful and a lot of older players fav in Portland area. I played it a few times but this time I felt like the course wasn’t kept up that well. The bunkers need lots of work(weeds and sand added to them.) and some of the course needs work. Greens were ok nothing special nor bad. I just hope they do some work to it, cause it needs it cause his should be a gem in Portland
I like this course but the green condition .......
not impressive !!
The course was not good. I'm sure it'll be in better shape later in the season. Even so, I cannot imagine it being an above average course to play. It's was terrible to look at and to smell today. I doubt that gets much better, even in the summer. There are a hand full of courses in the Portland metro area that charge a premium price for a sub premium experience. This is certainly one of them. Overall the course lacks any genuine beauty and is overpriced to boot.