12930 NW Old Pumpkin Ridge Road,
Oregon (OR) 97133,
- +1 (888) 594 4653
26 miles NW of Portland
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Scott D. Humphrey
Bob Cupp, John Fought
Ghost Creek is the Robert Cupp and John Faught-designed course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club that you can play; Witch Hollow is the one you can’t. One-year after Ghost Creek opened for play, the course hosted the 1993 Nike Tour Championship, which saw David Duval emerge victorious. The event remained at Witch Hollow for the following year and Mike Schuchart won the title.
The Ghost Creek fairways are laid out in two returning loops of nine and the closing hole on each circuit is played to a green nestled alongside substantial bodies of water.
The 9th is possibly the toughest on the course as bunkers steer golfers to the left of the fairway, even though that’s the side where wayward tee shots will end up wet. The average score on this hole for two years in the Nike Tour event was half a shot over par.
At the 18th, water runs down the right side of the fairway and it takes two mighty blows for most golfers to get anywhere near the green. David Duval sank a 17-foot birdie putt to win the 1993 Tour Championship, one of three threes he recorded at the home hole during his four rounds.
Other holes of note at Ghost Creek include the par four 312-yard 7th (where greenside bunkers are located a good way in front of the putting surface in an attempt to fool golfers that the green is closer than they think) and the short par four 17th which Mike Schuchart double-bogeyed during the final round of the 1994 Tour Championship on his way to winning the event.
The Ghost Creek course at Pumpkin Ridge is the public golf course. The first hole is a long par 4. Fairway bunkers right, left greenside bunker and a raised green. The 2nd hole is a straight par 4 with a bunch of fairway bunkers on both sides that should not come into play. The third is a short par three with bunkers left and right. The 4th is the first par five. Not reachable except for the few, strong and the brave. The landing area is much bigger than it looks. The fairway continues to narrow as you get closer to the green. Play it as a 3 shotter. The 5this a long par three with a very wide but narrow green with bunkers front left. The 6th leans left and is a good birdie oppty. Off the tee fly over the furthest right fairway bunker. Do not go thru the fairway as there is a creek right. Decent drive will give you a flip wedge in. The 7th is a long par four that leans left. Ideal drive is a draw that will catch the downslope and explode. The bunkers you see that are near the green are well short and should not come into play. The 8th is a long par five. Off the tee aim at the right fairway bunker. For your second shot pick your favorite attack yardage. The left side is better as this is one of the smallest greens with a BAB front right. In my opinion the long 9th is the toughest hole on the course. Off the tee hit it long and straight. If you are playing the correct tees you cannot reach the left fairway bunker or the creek that cuts across the fairway. A good drive will leave you with a long approach over water to a green perched on the edge of the water hazard.
The 10th is a short par five that is definitely reachable. Ideal drive is left of the right fairway bunker which should end up short of the left fairway bunkers. The creek crosses the fairway about 140 yards out so it won’t effect good shots. The 11th is a mid-length par three, slightly uphill with the creek left. The 12th is a tough hole, long dogleg right. I would not suggest trying to cut the corner. All pf us tried and we were all found wanting. A high fade is the best tee shot. This is one of the tougher greens on the course. The 13th is a birdie oppty. Find the fairway and you should have an attack iron in your hands. The 14th is a long downhill par 3 with a bunker left. The last par five bends left. Ideal tee shot is just right of the left fairway bunkers. Best approach angle will be from the right. The 16th is a really short par 3 that is surrounded by 7 bunkers. The 17th is a fun risk reward short par 4. Big hitters will try to go for the green. The margin for error is low, 300+ yard drive that needs to miss the greenside water hazard right, carry the creek that crosses the fairway and runs down the right side. Better play is to lay up and have a flip wedge in your paws. The 18th is a demanding long finishing hole. Hit it as far as you can down the left side. You will still have a water carry, but….
Disappointing, I would not go back if you paid.
Before the arrival of the Bandon complex of courses - Pumpkin Ridge was often cited as the key place to play golf when in Oregon -- both with the private Witch Hollow and the public Ghost Creek. That day has passed and Ghost Creek is simply outclassed by how public golf has evolved in a big time way since it first opened. The design is often formulaic and pedestrian in its approach and could certainly gain from an updated effort.
Playability is a highlight feature but simply providing larger size targets needs to have a bit of clear differentiation in the core of the design. Having hosted events of special note can certainly help with any course's exposure but to maintain real interest the essence of any course must have architecture that really possesses solid elasticity for all types of players.
Ghost Creek is better than adequate yet less than notable. When you're in the same State as Bandon it's akin to being the guy who sings in the shower and thinks he's capable in matching skills with the likes of Frank Sinatra. Not likely to happen.
by M. James Ward
This is the public course at the club, and a nice compliment to the private layout.
Golfers in the Portland area will enjoy the experience.
Ghost Creek is one of the best conditioned parkland courses I’ve ever had the pleasure to play. It’s not the cheapest at around $130 but it’s one of the best and trickiest layouts in Oregon. Undoubtedly the best course in the Portland area and a must-play for those seeking out top class golf courses.