Hole 4


Colwood Golf Center, Portland, OR

Portland’s Ground Breaking Par 3 Executive course

Posted by Alistair Orr


How many times have you arrived at your airport check only to be told the flight is delayed? What to do to and kill a few hours taking out some frustration? Should you find yourself in that predicament in Portland, Colwood Golf Center might be a perfect solution. Located a couple par 5’s from the terminal at Portland International Airport, a quick nine on its Par 3 executive course is waiting to be enjoyed. If a fun round isn't in the plan for the day, you you can work on your game at the driving range or hone your footwedge skills on the accredited footgolf course.


Portland Parks and Rec purchased 85 acres of the former Colwood National Golf Club (which closed its doors 2014) with a plan to create a family friendly facility designed to bring fun back to the game and to accommodate players of all abilities. The Center offers lesson packages, men’s and ladies leagues and junior camps.


The layout is situated on a sloping piece of property and ranging from 91 to 163 yards with each hole on the routing having two sets of tees and two pins placement on the greens. The green complexes are rife with challenging undulations and are a test for even the most seasoned of golfers. The Blue tees play at 1223 yards and the White at 833 but by mixing and matching which pin you choose to take aim the layout offers variety. For the beginner Colwood offers a stress free environment to learn the game and for the wily veteran it is a great place to work on your short game.


Hole 1

By all accounts the Parks and Rec Departments experiment at Colwood has been a great success and should serve as a model for other cities who are currently at a crossroads when it comes to managing their golf properties.


Course Stats: Sunriver Resort: Caldera Links Course

Par 27


Colwood Golf Center
7313 NE Columbia Blvd.
Portland, OR































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Photos courtesy of Colwood Center