Ghost Creek at Pumpkin Ridge #18

Editor’s Note: Our Ultimate Golf Road Trip Winner, Lou Perez, recently completed his Adventurecation, golfing his way across Oregon. Lou has graciously agreed to let us peek behind the scenes of his week. Check back over the next couple weeks to hear more about his trip. Read his first post here.

Pumpkin Ridge is one of my favorites places to play golf. Although located only some twenty miles from the city, the feeling is purely rural. The golf complex is totally surrounded by farmland and it’s stunningly beautiful.

Ghost Creek is and has been rated one of the top courses in America. It has a rich history of hosting USGA events, Women’s Opens and currently is the home of the LPGA Safeway Classic. Top architect Bob Cupp designed the course, and from the tips it plays 7000 yards. We decided to tackle the blue tees, which at 6,537 will test all the golf skill you posses.

The front nine starts with a strait away par four as we go over the hill to number two is when the real Pumpkin reveals itself the routing meanders through a forest requiring accuracy and preciseness.

The par 5 #4 is a great golf hole, a three shot hole (for most humans). The tee shot requires accuracy as there is out of bounds both on the right and left. The second shot is a layup to a fairway to a fairway that narrows to a hotel hallway width. The green complex is narrow and long requiring up to a three club change according to the pin placement.

The major domo of the front nine is definitely number nine. It is a par 4 that can be stretched out to 475 yards it has out of bounds on the left Ghost Creek on the right and a lake in front. Par is a great score.

The back nine is more conducive for scoring. Unlike the front it is more wide open with a par of 35. It starts with a short par 5 that should be a birdie opportunity. Other great holes are number 14, a long 225-yard downhill par three, the long par-5 15th and the short risk reward 17th. But the queen of the ball is the closing hole. A large tree stand on the left in a defensive stance waiting to reject anything coming its way, on the right Ghost Creek make another appearance waiting for errant fades, and a lake fronts the green. Like number nine, par is a great score here.

This was our warm-up round, so our scores were not great, but we all hit some great shots and shook some of the rust off so we were ready to head to the coast.

As we drove south, the talk in the truck turned to what a great golf complex Pumpkin Ridge is. If you are considering a trip to play golf in Oregon please do yourself a favor and put Pumpkin on your calendar, whether you play it first or save for the end of the trip, this is one place YOU have to play.

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