Date Played: November 7th, 2012
Chehalem Glenn is located in Newberg, OR which is about 30 miles SE of Portland. The course itself is in a well-to-do community not too far off the highway. Regular rates at this course vary (currently) from $36 on the weekends during prime time, to $25 for a weekday early bird. Normally this would be a little steep for a course that’s a 45 minute drive from downtown…but this place is awesome. A while back, I bought a deal on livingsocial for this place, knowing that I’d be working in Portland. I payed $25 for a round, with a cart and a bucket of balls; if you see this deal again, buy it immediately. It might be the best deal in Portland (unless you consider Kelso and Three Rivers GC to be “in Portland”).
I pulled up to the modest clubhouse expecting a run of the mill experience, but was pleasantly surprised by the staff, the facilities and most importantly, the course. The nice gentleman behind the counter chatted with me about the course and about my job before giving me my range bucket and cart key and sending me out at my leisure. The range is a good size, with grass tees, although because of the season they were on mats. After peeling off my bucket (a preview of the misery to come) I headed out to the first tee.
I’ve been wracking my brain since I played this course, trying to think of a tougher track that I’ve played. The forced carries of Gleneagle and White Horse, before the remodel are the only things that come to mind. A quick review of the scorecard showed the slope rating at 137 from the white tees (a whopper of 145 from the tips) at only 6157 yards. That is just brutal. The fairways at CGGC are are tight, the rough is penalizing, the greens undulate and the elevation is disgusting. The front nine, while difficult, will lull you into a sense of security. The out is fairly reasonable, with some back and forth design until the par 3 5th hole. It’s an uphill, 185 yard bruiser with a forced carry over a deep gully and sloped green. The follow up to that is a 325 yard par 4 where the split fairway requires an accurate tee shot to no longer than 210 yards with an approach of 125 all-carry yards to a well protected green, if everything goes perfect.
The back nine is where this course will get you. The 10th and 11th holes are almost identical, playing just over 300 yards with a tight uphill fairway over another deep gully. Both holes will play much longer due to the steep uphill approach, which will likely be from 150+ yards away. The 12th hole is a long, forced, three shot (at best) par 5 that requires an iron off the tee, unless you carry 300 with a driver. At 520 yards, a very long second shot over a waste area needs to land on a tight fairway in order to have any chance at reaching the green in three shots.
This course flat out kicked my ass. But I loved every minute of it. Everything was very well maintained, with no noticeable G.U.R and very few pitch marks on the extremely true greens. A couple of fairways had an abundance of divots and the sand wasn’t as good as it could be. All told, I was so impressed with the course and the neighborhood it’s located in that I drove around and picked up some for sale flyers from a few houses (there is a small chance I might move to Portland). The fact that there are houses on a few holes brings this place down a couple of points, and the value isn’t the greatest, but in the south of Portland there isn’t much better. Final Score: 53/60
Design – 9/10
Test of Golf – 10/10
Condition – 8/10
Amenities – 8/10
Value – 8/10 (It’s an 11 if you can score that livingsocial deal)
Experience – 10/10