Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek) – Played 2015
- Rankings: Golf Digest Public #63, Golf Magazine Public #56
- Location: 12930 NW Old Pumpkin Ridge Road, North Plains, Oregon
- Year: 1992
- Architect: Bob Cupp
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 6,834 yards, Par 71, 74.5 Rating/146 Slope
- Blue: 6,357 yards, Par 71, 72.0 Rating/139 Slope
- White: 5,882 yards, Par 71, 69.6 Rating/136 Slope
- Red: 5,111 yards, Par 71, 66.0 Rating/132 Slope
You didn’t think I would be too tired for more golf after Bandon Dunes did you? After the Bandon portion of our trip it was off to the Portland area. While in town I was able to grab a quick drink with Sean from breakingeighty.com. Give his site a visit if you haven’t been.
The idea for Pumpkin Ridge came from three partners and the help of a Japanese family. The partners were Marvin French, Gaylord Davis, and Barney Hyde. With additional support from Shigeru Ito and his daughter, Kumiko Rodewald, the building started in 1990. They built two courses, the private Witch Hollow and the public Ghost Creek.
They received a windfall of publicity in 1992 when the Witch Hollow course received the 1996 US Amateur. You may know this little tournament. Tiger Woods happened to win his third straight Amateur. That was a pretty good event to bring notoriety to your courses.
The golf facility is quite nice. Below you can see the clubhouse that services Ghost Creek. There is another private clubhouse as well. There is an ample driving range and putting green as well.
You can see below that the clubhouse has some good memorabilia. It makes sense for a facility that has hosted the 1996 US Amateur, 1997 & 2003 US Women’s Opens, 2000 US Girl’s Junior, 2000 US Junior Amateur, 2006 US Women’s Amateur, and the 2009-2012 Safeway Classics.
Hole 1 – 392 yards – Par 4
The first hole is not overly demanding. There is a bunker down the right to avoid. Other than that, swing away.
This looks like the Pacific Northwest that I pictured. The tall trees frame the tee shot. A little draw works here.
I liked this hole. The junk is not really in play unless you hit it really poorly. This was a bit of a sucker pin.
This tee shot plays uphill slightly. A draw fits best. There is more room up there than it seems.
The second one-shotter is another solid one. A long iron is needed, but the architect gives you a big target. You can miss it both ways quite a bit and still catch the green.
A shorter hole at the sixth gives you options. You can bang driver as far up there as you can or play conservative. What I am assuming is Ghost Creek runs up the entire right side and must be respected.
This hole seems even longer following the sixth. It bends to the left, but you can hit it pretty far right. I thought I had lost my ball after blocking it, but still managed to find it.
The eighth requires you to hit out of a bit of a chute. If you can play a small fade you will be in great shape.
This is a strong finish to the front side. The creek is definitely in play up the right side.
This is a great birdie opportunity. It is a short par five and can definitely be reached in two. The fairway provides a big landing area so pound away.
I will say it, the par threes are great here. This creek is easy on the eyes. It can bite you though if your shot drifts right and short.
This hole doglegs to the right. A shot left of the bunkers you can see will play nicely. It plays a little downhill to maximize distance.
The approach plays over quite a bit of sand if you take it at the pin seen here. You can go into the right side of the green and avoid the traps. The mounds around the green probably provided some good spectator areas.
The tee shot here is straightforward. Something a little over 200 yard will leave you an easy shot into the green.
This one is lengthy, but it plays downhill. The green is quite large to receive long iron shots.
You can bust one off this tee. A draw will get rolling down the hill to the semi-blind landing area.
This is a short little hole. It is surrounded by bunkers and rough. Missing the green can result in some difficult chipping.
This is a shorter hole and you can take a shorter club off the tee. Something 200 yards will work great.
The finishing hole is strong and requires a long drive. The lake is quite a way out there and not really in play for normal golfers. The creek, however, is in play. Favoring the left side of the fairway is a smart play.
I had a great time at Pumpkin Ridge. The course was very playable and fair. The greens had been punched recently, but aside from being on the slow side they ran smooth. It was a treat to play a public course that has hosted so many great events. The course was beautiful with large trees and creeks throughout. This is what I had in my head when I pictured courses in the Pacific Northwest. Having played Bandon I know there are many types of courses in this region, but Pumpkin Ridge was a fun experience on the other side of the spectrum. If you are in the area definitely carve out some time for Pumpkin Ridge. For planning purposes it is about 30 minutes outside of town.