Camas Meadows Golf Club, near Vancouver, WA, provides one of the best overall golf experiences of Portland’s metro area. From its natural environment and sophisticated design down to the golf carts equipped with ProLink GPS, Camas Meadows is a first-rate course from top to bottom. As you cruise the serene country setting, the touch-screen GPS system will tell you the exact yardage of every relevant point ahead including hazards, landing zones, the pin, and also the golfers in front of you. Aside from this useful system, which even allows you to order food or report a missing club, you will want the service of the four wheels beneath, as Camas Meadows is widely spread throughout the rolling terrain. In numerous ways, it’s a luxury to navigate this exemplary Northwest track.
Camas Meadows is a championship style course, yet very short; a comprising attribute for the casual golfer seeking quality golf. Beyond that, difficulty shows its face in many forms with an abundance of challenges. Lined with towering evergreens, dispersed with water hazards, long-grassed meadows and bunkers, and exposed to other unplayable and protected areas, the course is tight and hazardous. A few holes are scorable with a risk-and-reward setup, but many demand a management approach of smart play and solid execution. The greens are as well built as the rest of the course, and can be very fast and difficult to read. The back 9 includes a number of holes that are lined with high-end real estate, which is the only detraction from the natural beauty here. Camas Meadows offers some nice territorial views, including a head-on shot of Mt. Hood from the 9th hole.
The facilities at Camas Meadows Golf Glub have the whole package. The driving range provides grass hitting during golf season, and heated & covered mat hitting for ideal winter practice. Their range & teaching facility is located across the street from their clubhouse. This divides up the foot traffic between patrons looking to golf from those there to practice. There is a big putting green near the first tee, good for getting a feel for the subtle and slippery breaks found here. The clubhouse includes a big pro shop with merchandise, as well as a full bar & grill.