Heron Lakes Golf Club - Great Blue Course

3.7422823529 3.7 stars from 5 (176)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6902 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.0
  • Layout

  • 3500 N Victory Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97217, Multnomah County
  • (503) 289-1818
  • (503) 240-1925
  • heronlakesgolf.com
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Year built: 1992
Type: Public/Municipal
Style: Links
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
Black 72 6902 yards 74.0 139
Blue 72 6491 yards 71.9 137
White 72 6030 yards 69.9 131
White (W) 72 6030 yards 75.9 142
Red 72 5258 yards 71.3 131

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 176 Reviews
5 stars:
37
4 stars:
88
3 stars:
37
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

155 out of 176 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals walkers   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks watching the game  

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"Course Conditions have significantly dropped!"


ucla1980's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2019
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



"Tough"


u000006371862's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course but its a ball eating course. Lots of bunkers and water. Stay in the fairway are you will lose your ball


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Pick your poison"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2019
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


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 recommend this course


"Sunny,windy and cold golf."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Gooose pooop!"


mark1230381's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Great Blue"


jeffreypeck's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Challenging and fun course but there is way too much goose poop that you have to play through.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course



Jking83's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Climate change in the NW"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


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



AWNich53's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



koji3024's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2018
Previously played 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: Good


I recommend this course



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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

pro shop staff ..... rude. impolite.

greens were worst ever.. poor maintanance

:(


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



David8634730's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great experience and we'll be back"


u689531030's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Walked Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"First time - New to area"


dgray33's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course needs maintenance pretty bad"


Ballplayer680's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like this course but the green condition .......

not impressive !!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


u000005233750's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace was slow, but the course and the day were excellent!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Below average."


u000003173741's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Stellar course, ESPECIALLY for the price!"


jwalsky24's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

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

Reviewed on

Portland Parks and Recreation operates five courses in the area and Heron Lakes Great Blue is easily the best. Challenging, beautiful, and fun. Worth every penny compared to public courses in other US cities.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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