The Front Nine
- Par 4 | 370 yards
- Located 4 yards behind the 366 block
- A slight dogleg right gives long players an advantage if their tee shot is placed correctly in the left center of the fairway. The approach is to an elevated green with a false front that defends well against shots that come up short.
- Pro Tip: If you want to see what jail is like, hit it in the trees to the right of first fairway.
- Par 3 | 166 yards
- Located rear of the tee with the 161 block
- Pin placement on this hole can force players to be very tentative with their strategy. A slightly elevated and very narrow green features a bunker on each side of the green and a very narrow middle section that divides the front and back of the green. The left bunker is the deepest on the course, making an improbable up and down par.
- Pro Tip: I would much rather be long than short on #2, taking the bunkers out of play and having a relatively easy chance of up and down if I miss the green.
- Par 4 | 409 yards
- Located even with the 409 block on back of the tee
- The large maple to the left of this fairway beautifully frames the tee shot to this medium long par 4, as does a well placed fairway bunker on the right. Generally a longer iron shot is what it takes most players to reach this well guarded green, with two bunkers left and a very penal short right bunker.
- Pro Tip: Aim for the left center of this fairway, as right rough leaves little room for recovery.
- Par 4 | 391 yards
- Located rear of the tee with the 161 block
- This is a classic par 4, with a large oak tree as a great aiming point off the tee. Stay just inside of the fairway bunker for a clear shot into the green, which has a Macan signature mound at the front right. A par 4 here is not a bad score, but a birdie is not impossible if played correctly.
- Pro Tip: This is my favorite hole on the course, but it is always more enjoyable to play from the fairway, whatever the distance to the green.
- Par 5 | 489 yards
- Located rear of the tee with the 480 block
- A great risk-reward par 5, this Lake style hole features a large pond that guards the left corner of the fairway. Accuracy off the tee will be awarded with a chance to be aggressive if you dare. The second half of the hole may be innocuous, but birdies here are made by properly reading the subtle breaks of the green.
- Pro Tip: Either challenge the lake and try to get home under regulation, or play it as a 3 shot hole, laying back from the fore bunker to the left for a short wedge home.
- Par 4 | 379 yards
- Located rear of the tee with the 377 block
- An elevated tee shot allows players extra yardage which is needed due to a tough second shot. This hole presents a very small green that is heavily bunkered short left and right. Shots missing this green present a huge challenge to get up and down.
- Pro Tip: Watch out for that OB line, which is very close to the left of the fairway bunkers.
- Par 5 | 463 yards
- Located rear of the tee with the 460 block
- Out of bounds is lurking along the entire left side of this hole and also behind this very undulating green. Tee shots that find the fairway will still be tested with long to medium irons off uneven lies.
- Pro Tip: Try playing a running shot that lands 40 yards short of the green and may just catch a downslope and run right up on the green.
- Par 3 | 145 yards
- Located rear of the back tee
- This shortest par 3 is no easy task to birdie. The large lake to the right attracts its fair share of tee shots. Trying to avoid the bunker to the short right will steer shots over the green, making a tough up and down to a green that slopes towards the water.
- Pro Tip: Take the guesswork out of your mind before you swing: aim for the middle of the green and take your chance at birdie from there.
- Par 4 | 410 yards
- Located 5 yards behind the tee with the 405 block
- Out of Bounds along the entire left side of the hole along with a fairway bunker to the right challenge every tee shot on this lengthy par 4. The green complex features a collection area left along with two bunkers. Out of bounds lurks behind the green, which slopes from back to front. This green is not for the feint of heart.
- Pro Tip: Tee shots that are right of center may just kick into that fairway bunker, watch your line!
The Back Nine
- Par 5 | 512 yards
- Located rear of the tee with the 512 block
- A fairly generous landing area off the tee starts off the back side. However, this will change quickly for the second shots, as a pond to the right of the green and a very undulating green complex makes an accurate approach a must. Not a cinch birdie by any means.
- Pro Tip: Like many greens at CECC, going long on your approach will prove to be an almost impossible up and down.
- Par 4 | 337 yards
- Located middle tee on the right with the 332 block
- Accuracy off the tee is the name of the game here. Smart players play for position to allow for a shot from the fairway that will hopefully come to rest hole high. Watch for a very sloped green from back to front, especially the front right pin locations.
- Pro Tip: Watch out for that false front, one of the steepest slopes on the course.
- Par 5 | 546 yards
- Located even with the 546 block
- To reach this green in regulation takes three solid shots played between tree lines and a large embankment on the right. The green is large, but it is not easy to get up and down if you are out of position.
- Pro Tip: Tee shots should be aimed at left center off the tee, as a tee shot to the right will be a difficult recovery to get home in regulation.
- Par 3 | 160 yards
- Located rear of the tee with the 155 block
- A pond protects the front and left of this green, with bunkers flanking the left and right. A large ridge separates the front from the back and makes for some interesting lag putting. However, it is one of the easiest greens to read, if you are lucky enough to hit it in regulation.
- Pro Tip: Grab an extra club, there is much more room long and dry than short and wet.
- Par 4 | 362 yards
- Located rear of the tee with the 360 block
- This is one of the tightest tee shots on the golf course, with giant sequoias guarding the right side and a cluster of firs and cedars protecting the left side. An original A.V. Macan designed green, with a very difficult back left pin location. This is a very strategic, short par 4.
- Pro Tip: Don’t get greedy off the tee, as the fairway starts to pinch in around 125 yards.
- Par 4 | 372 yards
- Located 8 yards behind the 364 block
- The best line off the tee is left center, short of the left bunker to this dogleg right par 4. Aggressive players will challenge the right bunker, but the landing area is narrow and the carry is long. The green is guarded by bunkers short right and to the left, making the right pin locations blind and difficult. Players hitting the fairway will be rewarded with short irons and plenty of birdies.
- Pro Tip: Avoid the right side of this hole, as you can get blocked easily with your approach to the green.
- Par 3 | 175 yards
- Located rear of the right tee with the 162 block
- The longest par 3 on the course offers the accurate long iron player a chance at a rare birdie. However, the table-top green offers a challenge if missed from the tee. Holding the green with a low shot is difficult.
- Pro Tip: I’d rather be short than long on #16, as over the green is an impossible up and down.
- Par 4 | 397 yards
- Located 4 yards forward of the 401 block
- Long hitters beware: A hidden lake to the right of this fairway makes players very careful with their tee shot placement. Best line is favoring the left side of the fairway, short of the new bunker. The tri-level green can be exceedingly fast sloping from back right to front left. This green sees its fair share of three putts.
- Pro Tip: Unless you can confidently carry the green-side right bunker with your approach, just play to the left front of the green and take your chances at a two putt.
- Par 4 | 393 yards
- Located 1 yard forward of the 394 block
- This tight par 4 is played best from the left side of the fairway, as a large bunker guards the right side of the fairway. The pond to the short, left of the green tends to force players to play long. However, avoiding the water hazard altogether brings the bunker right of the green in to play, making the undulating green a difficult task to get up and down.
- Pro Tip: Don’t let the back left hole location intimidate you – there’s plenty of room!
Originally constructed in 1925, this 18-hole, A.V. Macan course is renowned for its immaculate condition and magnificent tree-lined fairways. While it is consistently rated as one of the best in the Northwest, Columbia Edgewater Country Club recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship and sustainability. The management staff and board of directors are committed to optimizing golf course management practices to protect the environment within and around the golf course.
For the LPGA professionals, it plays at a par of 72 and measures 6476 yards from the tournament tees with 54 bunkers. With 2014 marking the 29th time the course has hosted the Portland Classic, Columbia Edgewater has been the most frequent home for the LPGA in Portland. The tournament has also been played at Portland Golf Club, Riverside Golf & Country Club, and Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
“I’ve been to hundreds of LPGA events, but never have seen a golf course that looked better. In my opinion, Columbia Edgewater is one of the best golf courses on the West Coast and one of America’s great old courses.”
–Jim Achenbach, Senior Writer, Golfweek Magazine