by Jim Gullo, for Oregon.com
Forced carries over wide ravines. A swooping, up and down terrain. Tight shots into well-guarded greens. We played the new back nine of the Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg recently, and it was tough!
And fun. The front nine of the course was opened in July 2005 by the Chehalem Park & Recreation District as the first half of a much-needed championship golf course in this part of the Willamette Valley. It wasn’t until two years later that the back nine was added, stretching the course to 7,054 yards from the tips, with five tee boxes on each hole to accommodate all skill levels.
“The setting is great,” commented Head Professional Branden Thompson, “with views of the Chehalem mountains and vineyards. It’s a challenging golf course, and fun to play.”
We can vouch for both of those qualities. The back nine starts with consecutive par-4s that start with elevated tee boxes, go way down to cross over ravines and then way back up to elevated greens. Club selection and placement is crucial to scoring well (and a cart is crucial to keeping your legs from turning to jelly on those steep hills). The 14th is a 597-yard par-5 with the same swooping quality, and a tee shot that must cross a ravine and avoid framing fairway bunkers.
When you come out on level ground at the short, par-4 15th, you’ve done some work. And then water comes into play on three of the last four holes. Next time, we’ll bring more balls and hit ‘em straighter (our eternal golfer’s promise).
Chehalem Glenn Golf Course
4501 E. Fernwood Road, Newberg, OR