Portland, Oregon is one of my favorite cities to visit on a weekend getaway. The city has amazing restaurants, the people are friendly, there’s a great bar scene, and it’s extremely walkable. Not to mention the spectacular golf opportunities.
As a golfer, I’ve been wanting to play Pumpkin Ridge, just outside of Portland for years. I finally had the opportunity and booked a tee time at the Ghost Creek course, which is open to the public. Ghost Creek did not disappoint! The Ghost Creek Clubhouse is a beautiful and modern facility, perfect for picking up some golf supplies in the fully stocked golf shop, enjoying lunch or even hosting an event.
Pumpkin Ridge prides itself on delivering outstanding amenities and superior personal service. The driving range and putting greens are beautiful and offer free practice balls. I could practice here all day:
After warming up, I was ready for a great round! Here’s the view from the first tee, a par 5:
What a beautiful day it was in early September, on the cusp of fall. The trees were just starting to show off those gorgeous fall colors:
Ghost Creek is very walkable, with a few rolling hills. I recommend walking this course and enjoying the beauty all around. Here’s the view of the second tee, as you can see the fairway is a bit narrow:
This is the view of the third hole, a fun downhill par 3:
Ghost Creek has its fair share of sand traps. Luckily I was matched up with a golf professional who gave me a lot of great tips for getting out of the sand, including to keep your weight far forward and the club face open.
I really cannot emphasize enough the beauty of this course. The evergreens juxtaposed with the fescue really highlighted the beauty of the Northwest:
Here’s the view of the 9th hole, with the Ghost Creek Clubhouse in the background. The 9th hole is a tough one, with water hazards on both sides. The fairway really narrows towards the green.
This is the view looking back onto the 8th hole green. I really couldn’t get enough of those fall colors!
If you’re in the Portland area, do not miss the chance to play Pumpkin Ridge! Next time, I’m definitely going to try to sneak onto Witch Hollow, the private course:
When landing in Portland at PDX, it’s always important to take a photo of that famous PDX carpet:
There are so many great options for hotels in Portland. I love the downtown area and the Pearl District. My two favorite hotels in Portland are the Heathman Hotel, where the service is so top notch that they will remember your name, and The Nines. I recently stayed at the Nines, which has modern rooms, great restaurants and a cool rooftop bar scene. Here are the rooms, which I promptly photographed upon arrival so I could steal the decor ideas for my own bedroom:
Another reason to love The Nines is the Urban Farmer restaurant, which has my favorite brunch in Portland. On weekends, do not miss the bloody mary bar!
Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past decade, you know that Portland has an amazing restaurant scene. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Veritable Quandary: sit outside on the romantic patio and order the Osso Bucco, about which I frequently fantasize!
- Gruner. Here’s a few of the dishes I love:
- Clyde Common – great food and even better cocktails:
I hope you’ve found this guide to Portland and Pumpkin Ridge helpful! After writing this, I’m ready to go back to Portland to play golf and eat my way through the city all over again! Cheers!