1 IS LOWEST - 10 IS HIGHEST
HOOD RIVER GOLF COURSE -
Maintenance: Not really up to
country club standards, with lots of brown outside of the
fairways and quite a few raw spots on the fairways.
Scenery: The tree-lined fairways are
nicely lined up to give you some wonderful views of Mt. Hood
and Mt. Adams - especially some panoramas of Mt. Hood.
You kind of feel like you're back in the woods at times which
is nice and you don't have to see the other golfers that
often. The scenery is broken by patches of plowed
farmland and roads on two sides.
Fun: If you like a challenge, this
course can be for you. Between the hills and relief of
the course, and the ever-present Columbia River Gorge winds,
this course can do damage to your score. We wished
for some water, though, and there weren't very many bunkers.
Safety: This course is pretty
isolated on the outskirts of Hood River, and there aren't any
roads to cross. The holes are pretty well laid out so
you're not taking any beginner's drives in your face too.
No natural hazards to speak of to fall into.
Staff: No recollection - guess they
must have been decent.
Design: We liked the rolling hills
very much, but it seems they could have thrown in some water
and some more bunkers. It's nice that you have a little
space to move around - some nice, wide fairways to keep you at
a distance from other golfers.
Value: For this price, you can
play a lot better courses - however, if you're from Hood River
or vicinity, there aren't many other choices for economical
golf. They do honor both the
Entertainment Book and the
Golf Card, so when you consider that you get one free
round, then that's pretty darn cheap.
Other Comments: We'd like to try
this one again before long to see what it might be like
without 30 mph winds. The country club restaurant is an
old farmhouse - kind of funky, but it fits. Great views
of Mt. Hood from pretty much everywhere.