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Golf in Eugene, OR
This a list of the best golf courses around the Eugene area. There is a brief description of each course as well as the pricing for each course.
To most college students, golf is seen as a sport played by only the rich and over-privileged. Golf itself is synonymous with exclusive country clubs, goofy clothing and expensive brand name equipment. However this is not at all what golf should be seen as. Instead it should be seen as a relaxing sport that provides a break from school and other distractions. It is also a great way to enjoy the outdoors without exercising much or having to worry about hippies and hobos bothering you.
The main thing keeping most college student from partaking in this fine sport is the outrageously priced green fees. In most cases it could cost up to $250 to play a quality course. In fact, the average price to play a round at one of the top 10 ranked courses in the U.S. is $310.70, with the highest price in the nation being $500 for one round at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. These prices don't even take into account food and alcohol. Now I don't claim to speak for all college students, but I can honestly say that most I know would not be willing to pay $300, let alone $60, for one round of golf. Luckily, Eugene is host to a few courses that don't follow the same practice of overcharging their golfers.
The following five courses are some of the best bargains in Eugene. A round of golf at these courses ranges from $5 to $40 and they are all within 20 minutes of campus. As this is a U of O publication all prices are the student rate available when you present a valid school ID. You may also want to take into consideration the price of a golf-cart, which ranges from $26 to $28 but are only available at River Ridge and Emerald Valley.
9 holes- $12 Everyday
Laurelwood is the closest course to the U of O, located on the top of Columbia at 27th. This 9-hole course is perfect for a quick round before or after class. The course is also fairly easy and short so it's good for golfers of all abilities. It is rarely crowded and during the week you can usually show up without a tee time and play with little or no wait.
18 holes- $20 Weekdays - $22 Weekends
9 holes - $12 Weekdays- $14 Weekends
This is a short 18-hole course with wide-open fairways making it an easy course to play. The course does not require reservations so it's perfect for a last minute round. And if you aren't feeling real golf for some reason, Oakway also has a full 18-hole disc golf course that you can play for only $10.
18 holes- $29 Weekdays - $39 Weekends Sutton Ridge- $13.50
9 holes- $17 Weekdays - $20 Weekends Short Ridge- $6.50
The River Ridge Golf Complex has a lot to offer. The signature River Ridge course is a great track for a great price. The Complex also offers two 9-hole courses, the Sutton Ridge Course and the Short Ridge Course. Sutton Ridge plays like a normal 9-holer, while Short Ridge is more of a pitch-and-putt with the longest hole measuring 107 yards (making it perfect for beginners). The River Ridge Course also has a membership for $195 that allows unlimited golf all spring term.
9 holes- $5 Everyday
18 holes- $9 Everyday
Fiddler's Green is another short 18-hole course that is great for golfers of any level. It's short holes and flat wide fairways make it very forgiving. Definitely a course where beginner can feel comfortable and more experienced players can excel. Fiddler's Green also boasts a great practice facility and "The Largest On-Course Golf Pro Shop in America".
18 holes- $35 Weekdays - $40 Weekends
9 holes- $24 Weekdays - $26 Weekends
(Rates Starting April 1st)
Emerald Valley, located on Creswell, is probably the best-maintained course of the group. It is also the hardest of the group, although it is not tough to a point where a beginner couldn't handle it. This course is definitely worth the extra couple of bucks. Both Oregon's men and women's golf teams practice here.