Rose City GCRose City Golf Course

Rose City Golf Course
2200 NE 71St Ave
Portland, Oregon 97213
Multnomah County

Phone(s): (503) 253-4744
Fax: (503) 255-8189
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Rose City Golf Course is the second oldest municipal track in the Portland area. In 1921, A.H. "Jay" Gould played his first round of golf ever at Eastmoreland Golf Course. After returning home, he decided to look for a good place to hit golf balls and came upon The Rose City Speedway. He spoke with C.P. Keyser of the City Park Bureau and obtained permission to burn the tall grass on the infield so that golf balls could be found.

Jay and friend Herbert George used shovels and hoes to carve out a nine-hole course on the speedway infield. Tin cans were used for cups, packing cases for tee-boxes, and iron rods and rags for flags. The Oregonian and Journal Newspapers ran a story on the new golf course and 30 golfers showed up the following Sunday to hit balls around on the burnt grass and dirt. The main hazard was a head-on train collision that occurred earlier in the summer and partially blocked the seventh green.

After a few weeks, the Rose City Golf Association was founded which marked the beginning of the course. Full cooperation from the city and donations from businesses and individuals solidified the construction. George Ott drew up a nine-hole plan and work began in the spring of 1922. Play continued in the spring, but was stopped in the summer due to long grass and no mower. Play started again in the fall, but stopped again due to motorcycle racing. In the winter of 1922-23, the viaduct on the west end of the track washed out and put an end to the races. On Jan. 31, 1923 the first green fee ticket was sold to Jay Gould and in the spring, more than 800 played in one day. The city then took over the course completely.

Today, Rose City Golf Course is an 18-hole, par-72 course with rolling fairways that are lined with a variety of large trees. Water comes into play on holes 10, 11, 14, and 15 and greenside bunkers are well placed.

Rose City Golf Course
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Autumn view of a green at Rose City Golf CourseFall view of a green at Rose City Golf CourseBeautifully manicured and chipping is allowed on the north end of the green only. View of the Clubhouse at Rose City Golf Course Rose City #17: From the back of the green. A fairway that severely slants left and leads to an another elevated green.Rose City #15: Hole #15 is a beautiful looking hole. Another downhill tee shot with water and tall grass in front and two bunkers on the left. Rose City Golf Course #14: This starts out downhill with a dogleg left about 240 yards out. Dense trees line the left and scattered trees line the right. The green is small and elevatedRose City #4: Your tee shot is downhill with an open fairway to the left and a small group of trees to the right. Your approach shot is to an elevated green. There are no bunkers on this hole. Rose City #2: This hole starts with a downhill tee shot to a rolling fairway. Your approach shot is to an elevated green that's surrounded by bunkers. Rose City #1: One fairway bunker on the right about 200 yards out and trees down the left await your first tee shot. The green has one large bunker on the left.

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: George Otten
  • Public/Private: Public/Municipal
  • Year opened: 1923
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Winer Rye Grass
  • Greens: Poa Annua Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: No
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

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Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code:
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Blue 72 6552 123 71.7
Red (W) 73 5589 118 71.8
White 72 6164 119 69.8
White (W) 73 6164 126 75.3

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Rose City Golf Course
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by Patrick Trudell
    on October 05th, 2014 09:46
    Fun old golf course. Friendly staff, great breakfast sandwich, fair green fee and no pretense. A decent test of golf especially if you don't like paying high green fees and walking significant distance from green to tee.
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