Heron Lakes Golf Club - Greenback Course

4.0723058824 4.1 stars from 5 (87)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6615 yards
  • Slope: 128
  • Rating: 72.0
  • Layout

  • 3500 N Victory Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97217, Multnomah County
  • (503) 289-1818
  • (503) 240-1925
  • heronlakesgolf.com
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Year built: 1971
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1971), Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1971)
Type: Public/Municipal
Style: Parkland
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Winter Rye Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirts must be worn on the premises at all times.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 87 Reviews
5 stars:
21
4 stars:
38
3 stars:
16
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

73 out of 87 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport   Great for walkers locals seniors   Challenges include bunkers water hazards forced carries   Great for drinks  

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Reviews


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ssfancyman's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2019
First time playing Walked Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Daniel8168450's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2019
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Nice jOb"


danlinksman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Wouldn't bother coming back"


NB1212's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2019
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"November Golf"


tptaylor1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2018
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Great weather for November golf. Course is in good shape.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fall is in the air."


55Edward's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Greenback Sunday review"


u000003297324's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice day - Great Round"


u055613078's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



aaronjung's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

always fun to play.. needs more water, though pretty hot days...

snack cart sells things too expensive ;(


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"What a Disappointment!"


Marcarooni's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Awesome course and has lots of wildlife and amazing veiws."


u495221768's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Couse in great shape"


ddorotik's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"They’re close to losing it"


Dean9007517's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played two weeks ago and the course played better, greens rolled a lot better. Today greens were slow and bumpy. Fairways were terrible, patches of wet dead grass with patches of thicker wet grass. Some greens half of the green was just watered and the other half was dry. Completely disappointed.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Always a great course, but slow"


Ballplayer680's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Started us on the back nine, got behind a group that was slow(like 3 holes behind the group that was In front of them.) the layout has a nice mix of shots. Lots of wildlife(bunnies squirrels) and we were lucky to see a big beaver late. Greens are pretty really good Considering the pounding they take a day which means the greens crews work hard. Sand was a bit hard.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Esteven1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



llpelon's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Golf Course"


Jeff3773609's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent shape. They were very busy but the tee times were right on time. The marshall was visible throughout the round and kept everyone moving along nicely.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Heron Lakes golf course"


golffin66's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played there many times it’s one of my favorite courses I just would like to have known that they had sanded some of the greens it was still a very good day and I enjoyed myself very much


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Tremendous Value!"


buemi23's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Great course(s) for the money. The course is starting to firm-up a bit too from the sloppy winter.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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