Lunchtime Golf Spots

Five perfect Portland-area courses to sneak in nine holes before the boss notices you're gone.

By Kasey Cordell July 1, 2013 Published in the July 2013 issue of Portland Monthly

King City Golf Course, King City
Drive from downtown Portland: 25 minutes

This short course—mostly par 3s, a few par 4s, and one par 5—lies in the backyard of a senior-living community and is relatively flat, giving hackers cause for concern if the ball travels through a window. Rental clubs are available, but save the woods for another course. From $14

Eastmoreland Golf Course, Portland
Drive from downtown Portland: 15 minutes

A fixture of the Portland golf scene since 1918 and minutes from downtown, Eastmoreland is home to long par 4 holes, groves of large firs and sequoias, and the occasional Canada goose waddling across the green. The front nine is replete with tree-lined doglegs, so feel free to take a mulligan or two. From $19

Claremont Golf Club, Portland 
Drive from downtown Portland: 20 minutes

Claremont Golf Club in Southwest Portland promises a laid-back nine-hole experience. Although bordered by houses, the fairways are expansive and have only a few bodies of water scattered about, making it a good option for those without the Tiger Woods gene. From $19

RedTail Golf Center, Beaverton
Drive from downtown Portland: 20 minutes

RedTail’s beauty hides its difficulty. The lush course’s rolling hills, steep sides, and deep bunkers make the front nine notoriously challenging. Your best option: take the whole afternoon off to work out the kinks in your game at RedTail’s double-decker driving range and chipping green. From $22

Eagle Landing, Happy Valley
Drive from downtown Portland: 25 minutes

Nested on a lavish 25 acres, Eagle Landing offers an idyllic spot to work on your short game with 27 par-3 holes—an 18-hole course and a separate nine-hole side, the longest of which reaches just 90 yards. And the 36-hole miniature golf course (don’t expect any gaudy clowns; it’s as refined as the regular course) inspires work on your really short game. From $10

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