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Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Golf Program Information

Portland Parks Golf Program Information

Portland Parks Golf was established in 1918 at Eastmoreland Golf Course, providing the first public golf opportunity in the City of Portland. 

The Portland Parks Golf system consists of five courses:  Eastmoreland (1918), Rose City (1923), RedTail (1968) Heron Lakes (1971,1992) and Colwood (2015).

Portland Parks Golf is an enterprise fund. It covers its operating costs with user fees paid by public golfers and no tax dollars.

Revenue made in excess of costs are placed in the golf fund. The reserve in the golf fund helps mitigate negative impacts to revenue, like poor weather, and for future capital projects. 

The current fund balance is $965,000.

In fiscal year (FY) 2019, the Parks Golf courses made $517,000, its most profitable year in over five years.

Forty full time and part time City employees maintain the five Portland Parks Golf courses. An additional 260 people work for the clubhouse concessionaires in the pro shops, restaurants, and driving ranges. 

341,000 rounds were played at Parks Golf courses in FY 2019.

 A 10-member, volunteer Golf Advisory Committee advises the Parks Director and Commissioner in Charge of Parks on golf program-related matters.


Environmental Stewardship

Portland’s golf courses play a crucial role in achieving the City’s Climate Action Plan by delivering ecosystem services, such as improving air and water quality, providing wildlife habitat, and managing stormwater. The open space provided by the golf courses host a diverse range of native species, from great blue herons and salmon to native grasses and legacy trees.

Portland’s public golf courses, covering over 800 acres of green space within our metro area, serve to filter and absorb a vast amount of stormwater, which mitigates local impacts from climate change.  

All Parks Golf courses are Salmon-Safe certified, meaning they achieve strict standards to protect the health of our City’s watersheds and restore salmon habitat. Learn more at https://salmonsafe.org/.

Both Heron Lakes and Eastmoreland golf courses are certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, enhancing the important urban wildlife habitats that golf courses provide. Learn more at https://auduboninternational.org/acsp-for-golf/.

In the Spring of 2020, each golf course will host a honey-bee colony, promoting pollination. The first Pollinator Patches seeded at Heron Lakes are a collaborative project with Oregon State University.

Parks Golf includes maintenance practices include the innovative Greenway Program.  When fully implemented, chemical inputs can be reduced by as much as 75%.

All courses follow PP&R Integrated Pest Management Program and City of Portland Urban Forestry best practices.

Heron Lakes was named in honor of the great blue heron rookery that still thrives on-site after over 35 years.

Parks Golf is honored to partner with impactful, local non-profits, including:

  • Columbia Slough Watershed Council
  • Johnson Creek Watershed Council
  • Crystal Springs Partnership
  • Salmon-Safe
  • Portland Audubon Society
  • Oregon Bee Project


Programming and Social Impacts

The Rose City clubhouse, built in 1932, is on the National Historic Registry.

Eastmoreland offers a free driving range and boxed cereal for all youth 17 and under.

During the summer, golf is free on Mondays before 3 pm at Colwood and Eastmoreland for youth 17 and under.Parks Golf banquet rooms serve as venues for all occasions for our diverse Portland community.

In 2019, Parks Golf hosted over 800 banquet events.

Parks Golf partners with The First Tee of Greater Portland and Leisure Hour Junior Golf Program, providing space for youth development and golf programming.

Parks Golf is a proud supporter of Youth on Course, a subsidy-based program that gives youth the opportunity to golf for $5.

Parks Golf is a proud supporter of high school golf, providing access to our local teams.

Parks driving ranges provide for a low barrier entry into golf and are a great place for a quick golf experience.

Parks Golf facilities provide great support for local charities through event coordination, facilitation and donations. 

The EAGLE Caddie Program, in partnership with the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation, offers summer employment to high school students and pathway to the Evans Scholarship, a full tuition and housing scholarship. 

In March 2020, Parks Golf launched the YA! Golf PDX, a program designed to better serve ages 19-29. 

Parks Golf provides a great recreation opportunity for seniors, contributing to their social and physical well-being.

Parks Golf offers reduced rates for ages 65 to 84 and FREE golf for ages 85 and older.

The Portland Parks Golf Players Card provides an more affordable option for golfers seeking to play a high volume of golf rounds.