4714 N.E. 94th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
Phone: (360) 253-3100
Fax: (360) 253-7998
Portland's neighbor to the north, Vancouver is the oldest of the Pacific Northwest cities. Fort Vancouver, originally a fur trading post, is nearly at the center of the city making history the heart of Vancouver, literally. Stop by the official visitors center at the General O.O. Howard House on Officers Row. This town on the Columbia River has a lot to offer from historical and natural attractions to major events.
You're sure to enjoy playing at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. The 1925 course features an abundance of water, making for a challenging game. Though its a private course, the public is also invited. The rates are $100 for nine to 18 holes, depending on the season and a dress code must be followed regardless of the season. The year-round course also offers a pro shop and rental clubs. A full bar, restaurant and snack shop will provide necessary sustenance before or after the game, and a driving range will help hone your skills.
Tee off with your buddies at Riverside Golf & Country Club. Although a private course, the public can play nine holes or 18 holes. An on-staff pro and putting greens will help you warm up. Golfers can grab a bite at the on-site restaurant and enjoy their favorite drink at the full bar. A snack bar and beverage cart will help you keep your strength up during the game. It opens daily at 6am.
This publicly owned facility is one of Portland's oldest golf courses. With a recently renovated restaurant and pro shop, this course is just 15 minutes from downtown. Beware of the killer 10th hole, which is always a surprise with its steep downhill tee off and a hard turn to the right across a wide lake to a rising green on the other side.There are many opportunities for singles and doubles to walk on.
PDX (or old Portland style) refers to a type of house you will find in Portland, as well as to this golf course itself. PDX also refers to the nearby airport, which surprisingly isn't too much of a distraction. The hand-watered fairways and the fast meticulously maintained greens render the jet noise unimportant. The par-72 course is challenging, with old trees and all kinds of hills and bumps. Situated close to the Columbia River, Colwood National Golf Course provides a spectacular view of the tops of the nearby Cascade Mountains on clear days.
Observe the race preparations, buy a racing guide, use your knowledge of racing or go with your gut. Place your bet and wait for the shot. They're off! Close to downtown, the races here are fun. Admission and parking are free, so you will have more cash to wager. Satellite races provide year-round betting. The stadium also hosts a wide array of popular concerts. Check the web site for more information.
This semi-developed park is named after the woman who led Lewis and Clark to Oregon. Sacajawea was the Native American married to the expedition's French guide, Toussaint Charbonneau. The Shoshone Indian ended up leading the way. Close to the airport, this park is a good place to stretch your legs after a long flight. Full of open space, it is also a great place to spread out and relax, although it is not the best summer park for finding shade. There are no fees to use the park.
As it has so many times, Portland Parks and Recreation decided to rejuvenate an area previously prone to misuse by vandals and the like. Now fit for families, this 26-acre corner of the city lends unity to the surrounding neighborhood. Visitors enjoy a plethora of sports here. There are tennis and volleyball courts as well as football and baseball fields in Fernhill Park. The playground equipment will keep the kids occupied. Admission to the park is free.
Portland International Raceway brings drag races and other professional racing including NASCAR events to the Portland area. This popular raceway was built on the city of Vanport, which was wiped out by a flood in 1948. The Formula One racing circuit also holds events here. Known to locals as 'PIR', it is conveniently located at Delta Park, only a few minutes from downtown. If you're staying in the area, you may even hear the cars at night.
The sound of the auto races has been roaring through Portland for 70 years, and these days, it's NASCAR stock car races every Friday night. In the beginning of July, there's a Destruction Derby with fireworks. Other fun events include 300-lap Enduro races Memorial Day and Labor Day. The season runs April through September.
Heron Lakes Golf Course offer challenging fun for all skill levels. Created by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones II, the beauty of the course rivals the incredible scenery and views as you play. There are plenty of bunkers and water hazards, so bring your patience and plenty of balls. The course was listed as one of the country's top 75 public golf courses by Golf Digest. You can hit off natural turf at the driving range, and there is a pro shop and snack bar.
This park is where the city of Vanport, formerly Oregon's second largest, was destroyed in 1948 by a tsunami flood. The one retaining wall collapsed and sent a 12-foot wave washing over the city. Now, this 633-acre natural area contains optimal wetland hiking and the Heron Lakes Golf Course. Lush marshes are home to an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna. West Delta Park area is also designated for the United States Army during national emergencies.