Heron Lakes - Greenback Course: #13Greenback at Heron Lakes Golf Course

Greenback 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 Club is home to two championship courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the Great Blue Course and the Greenback Course. Both utilize the rugged natural terrain in different ways, offering challenges that will appeal to both low and high handicappers. The Greenback Course is a versatile parkland layout that is gentle enough for beginners to approach with confidence. It is a less demanding design than the Great Blue but it still has plenty of challenges in store. There are 86 bunkers framing the elevated greens and six ponds come into play throughout however the mature trees present the most prominent threat. The par 3s on this golf course can be especially tough. The more challenging elements are nicely balanced by large, inviting greens and generous landing areas.

Greenback at Heron Lakes Golf Course
4 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews)
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Heron Lakes - Greenback Course: Green #13A view of the 16th green with water and a bunker coming into play at Greenback Course from Heron Lakes Golf ClubView from The Greenback at Heron LakesGreenback @ Heron Lakes #17: This photo was taken across a lake that runs down the left fairway of hole #17. It doglegs right just past the trees shown on the right. A long and accurate tee shot is required for an unobstructed approach shot. The green hasGreenback @ Heron Lakes #13: Hole #13 is a dogleg left par 4 with a tree jutting into the fairway on the left at the turn. The photo is what you will see on your approach shot. Three large bunkers guard the front of the greenGreenback @ Heron Lakes #12: Relish a par or birdie on this hole if you can avoid the water and five bunkers. Not much room for error on this one.Greenback @ Heron Lakes: Hole #10 is a long 536-yard par 5. It doglegs right about 220 yards out with trees lining both sides of the fairway. Your approach shot is open but the green is surrounded by deep bunkers.Greenback @ Heron Lakes #7: Water runs across the front of this 178-yard par 3 with only one small bunker to the right. The green is long and rolling.Greenback @ Heron Lakes: #4 is a normal length par 5 with fairway bunkers and an approach shot over water. You long hitters may want to try for the green in two, but your best bet would be to lay up short for that easy wedge shot to the green. Two bunkers

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
  • Public/Private: Public/Municipal
  • Year opened: 1971
  • 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
Blue 72 6615 128 72
White 72 5952 123 68.6
White (W) 72 5952 132 74.2
Red 72 5240 123 69.8

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Greenback at Heron Lakes Golf Course
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Joe
    on June 21st, 2012 09:22
    Greenback is a great track. It differs from Great Blue in that you have to maneuver the ball much more if you are going to score well. From the blues of both, Greenback is a more demanding course. The extra length is the only thing, in my opinion, that makes Great Blue rate tougher. My scores from the blues are almost identical, from the whites I score better on Great Blue. Go figure. We are very fortunate to have two terrific muny tracks next to each other for the prices.
  • Greenback at Heron Lakes Golf Course
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by wendell osborn
    on May 18th, 2010 20:35
    Not has hard as the "Great Blue" course.It does demand proper shot choices.
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