But ALL Willamette Valley courses are soggy in the rainy season, i.e. from November through April or May. Eastmoreland, Cross Creek (a bit better because grass is better maintained; greens are well-sanded and pretty dry); Langdon Farms (works on drainage); Pumpkin Ridge (just a better course): all are wet and swampy in the winter.
Play the coast! Gearhart, Sandpines, Ocean Dunes, Bandon: all are built on sand and drain almost immediately for great winter conditions.
He would not play this course again.
Popular course with occasional slow pace. Narrow fairways with danger on the sides make it the most difficult of the Portland 90. Aggressive play can reap rewards. Scenic back nine intertwined with botanical gardens. Watch out for trains!
After your round, drive a half mile north to Hopworks for great outdoor seating on an elevated deck.
Needs work as any city course does. Could be so much more with a little effort, but the city wrings out all the dollars it can by skimping on maintenance.
He would play this course again.
This review is for the driving range at Eastmoreland. I have yet to actually golf a round here. But the range itself is decently nice enough. Large buckets are something like $9.5 (about $1 more than our at Glendoveer), the mats are in decent shape, the pro-shop is well stocked and the clientele seem respectful enough (not like I've ever had a problem with fellow driving range clientele).
The only downside to this driving range is that the top section is open - no cover. So it's not really usable in the rain. Also, they don't allow woods on the top level during daytime as it's too easy to hit over the fence on the right side of the range, which fronts up to one of the holes on the course. But honestly, it's almost as easy to sky one over the fence from the bottom level as well. In the summer it's actually kind of nice to have no cover up top so you don't feel like you're spending your summer day in some dark driving range, so I guess there's an upside on that end as well.
Overall since Glendoveer is equidistant from my house I'd probably go there for basic driving range purposes. I don't have to worry about hitting over the fence and it's $1 cheaper/bucket. But for quality of facility, more options and a much more complete pro-shop, Eastmoreland wins hands-down.
I love this course. It's beautiful and the crew there always does a nice job keeping it in shape. It's definitely tough for those of us with the occasional (ok, more than just occasional) errant shot, as the trees can eat a lot of balls. Just make sure you bring a few extra and you don't mind leaving with less balls than you came with.
As far as the food goes, it's good solid clubhouse fare. I had the burger last time I was there and it was pretty tasty, with good fresh, hot fries.
I also really like the driving range, especially in the summer as it's open until 10PM then.