1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Decades before the 340-acre site became Heron Lakes Golf Course, it was part of Vanport, the second-largest city in Oregon in 1944. Many men and women arrived in Vanport to work in the local shipyards during the height of wartime projection. At its peak, Vanport housed nearly 40,000 people, including many African Americans, greatly increasing the black population in the Portland area. After WWII, on May 30, 1948, excessively high-water levels caused a break in the dike that held back the Columbia River, resulting in massive flooding that decimated Vanport. Because of the catastrophe and the natural vulnerability of the low-lying land, housing was never allowed to be rebuilt. In 1960, PP&R Parks purchased 635 acres in West Vanport for $136,000. 11 years later, the present-day Greenback 18-hole course opened under the name West Delta Park Golf Course. In 1992, a second 18-hole course was completed and named the Great Blue. All 36 holes were designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II.
Heron Lakes Golf Club is conveniently located less than 10 miles north of downtown Portland, between the Willamette River and the Columbia Slough. Today, Heron Lakes Golf Club offers two distinct championship 18-hole golf courses catering to multiple skill levels.
The 6,615 yard Greenback Course opened in 1971 and has a milder and more flexible layout, featuring large and elevated greens. The parkland-style design incorporates trees, ponds, and numerous bunkers.
The more challenging Great Blue Course, which debuted in 1992, better suits the skilled golfer. At 6,902 yards, the Great Blue Course is complete with narrow fairways that wind through Scottish-style mounds, small greens, and risk-reward opportunities. Both courses at Heron Lakes are carefully maintained and have the reputation of being in the best condition of any public golf course in the area.
The award-winning Great Blue Course at Heron Lakes has hosted the 2000 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, a USGA event won by current PGA TOUR professional D.J. Trahan, and the annual Portland Invitational Tournament, among other tournaments.
In addition, Heron Lakes is home of The First Tee of Portland, which has as its mission to impact the lives of young people by providing educational and mentoring programs that incorporate life skills, character development, family values, and personal growth through the game of golf.
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All of Portland Public Golf's courses offer private and group lessons for men and women of all ages. Our dedicated staff of Teaching Professionals provide helpful instructions to improve your game, regardless of your experience level. Contact our Head Pro, Jason Baslie, at 503-289-1818 or at firstname.lastname@example.org