Heron Lakes - Great Blue Course: #9Great Blue at Heron Lakes Golf Course

Great Blue at Heron Lakes Golf Course
3500 N Victory Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97217
Multnomah County

Phone(s): (503) 289-1818
Fax: (503) 240-1925
Website: heronlakesgolf.com

Heron Lakes Golf Course was opened for public play in 1972. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and is located off of I-5 next to the Portland International Raceway. It was named after the Blue Herons that inhabit the many lakes and ponds around the course. There are two courses, the Great Blue and the Green Back.

The Great Blue has been rated for years as the most difficult golf course in the Portland Area. It is a links style course with water, tall rough, narrow fairways, and sand everywhere. Most fairways on the Great Blue narrow to small greens that roll and pitch in several directions.

Great Blue at Heron Lakes Golf Course
4 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews)
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View from #9 on the Great Blue at Heron LakesA view of the hole #9 with water and a bunker coming into play at Great Blue from Heron Lakes Golf ClubView from Great Blue at Heron LakesGreat Blue @ Heron Lakes: Driving rangeThe practice green will provide the golfer with plenty of practice for the course greens that lie ahead. It's large, rolling and chipping is allowed.The Heron Lakes clubhouse provides all the amenities a golfer needs. Clubs, bags, clothing, and most important....your favorite food or beverage. The large screen TV is always playing the latest sporting events and the cedar deck has plenty of room for yoHole #18 is the course signature hole. Fairway bunkers and rough mounds line the left and water lines the right from tee to green. The fairway narrows to a two tiered green that is surrounded by bunkers.506 yards from the blue tees and ranked as one of the toughest par 5's in the Portland area. Fairway bunkers and mounds line the left and trees and water line the right. The fairway narrows as you approach the small green with a lake jutting in on the rigHole #11 is a 173-yard par 3 from the blue with water in front and large deep bunkers on both sides of a two tiered green.Fairway bunkers and grass mounds line both sides of the fairway on #7. Your approach shot will be the true test of your accuracy. Check out the narrowing fairway, bunkers on the right, and trees on the left. You're in trouble with anything but a green shoThe photo of hole #6 was taken from the right side to show the extremely deep bunkers and two tiered green. The bunker to the far right is 4 feet deep near the green and will most certainly take away any chance of a par.Hole #4 is almost all water from tee to green. Three bunkers are to the left and heavy rough on the mounds at the backHole #2 is a 515-yard par 5 with fairway and green bunkers on both sides. Water and rough line the narrowing fairway to the green on the right. This is a tough hole!

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Kyle Phillips, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
  • Public/Private: Public/Municipal
  • Year opened: 1992
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Winter Rye Grass
  • Greens: Bent Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - $16

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Shirts must be worn on the premises at all times.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
White 72 6030 131 69.9
Blue 72 6491 137 71.9
Black 72 6902 139 74
White (W) 72 6030 142 75.9
Red 72 5258 131 71.3

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Great Blue at Heron Lakes Golf Course
    1 stars out of 5
    by slapshotGOLFER
    on September 21st, 2015 13:33
    I was extremely disappointed by the poor customer service. When I checked in the two pros at the shop were talking to each other while I stood there for 5 minutes and said can someone help me. Then I got a dirty look and checked in. After the front 9 taking 2 hrs and 40 min I went into the shop and told Nick Popovicci that I wanted a refund for our back 9 because I did not have the time or patients to for a round to take over 5 hours! He said “well it is what it is and 2.5+ hrs for 9 holes is our course standard.” I asked him why they didn’t have a ranger moving people along, or why they might have over booked tee times and he gave me some smart ass answer. I told him I was mad that he didn’t even offer a sorry or we apologize for the inconvenience. I told him I didn’t fly from NC to play your course to be treated like this and he said well I don’t know what to tell you. I will never return to your course again. This club needs to fire him before you lose more guests and need to have some training on customer service.

    Quality was terrible, the driving range or lack thereof was nothing but a mud pit with zero grass. When I attempted to hit a few balls in front of the rope an employee asked me to hit behind the rope. The balls were all chewed up and dirty as well. Not to mention how could you have a golf course next to a race track!? The entire round I heard nothing but motorcycles racing. They also had people playing in jean shorts and cut off tank tops.
  • Great Blue at Heron Lakes Golf Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by Longand Straightersen
    on June 17th, 2013 21:40
    I love this course! It's such a great challenge. When you can play well on Great Blue, you can play well anywhere. Last week I shot 117, today I shot 87. Great Blue will punish you swiftly and severely, then reward you with unexpected birdies. There is SO much trouble out there, water, sand everywhere, 4ft. wildgrass, mounds, fast greens, you have to think your way carefully around each hole. The wildlife was stunning today!! The Great Blue Heron seemed to be following me and we saw dozens of species of various varmints and critters. Go play Great Blue! You'll just have to be happy with 4:30 to 6hr rounds when it's crowded. And when the Raceway is running, it's F'ing LOUD!
  • Great Blue at Heron Lakes Golf Course
    4 stars out of 5
    by Detroit Bob
    on March 03rd, 2012 13:08
    Tough, well maintained course with a lot of water & sand traps on every hole. Good course to walk with only problem being the Geese droppings in the winter & spring time. They could use another Beer Lady in the summer time as there is not a lot of shade to hide under.
  • Great Blue at Heron Lakes Golf Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by gc
    on December 26th, 2011 19:11
    outstanding design, muddy in winter.
  • Great Blue at Heron Lakes Golf Course
    4 stars out of 5
    by wendell osborn
    on May 18th, 2010 20:31
    Excellent city golf course.This course gets alot of play but for the most part you'll enjoy it.Almost every hole has water on it!
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