Mountain View Golf Club is an 18 Hole Course tucked away in the edges of the Portland metropolitan area in Boring, OR. Known for its tight fairways and slick greens, Mountain View will push your short game to the limit while maintaining a true test of target golf. Mountain View is also home to a hole that belongs in the pantheon of interesting golf holes in the state. Ask any local golfer if they have played Mountain View, and odds are they will instantly bring up the 12th Hole. A 180 yard Par 3 with a 180 foot drop, it truly has to be seen to be believed. Watching your ball fly on this hole is a sight to see, and a draw will seem to continue forever. From a value standpoint, Mountain View ranks near the top in the area, as a great round of golf can be had for a great price, even in the peak months of summer.
While Mountain View Golf Club is not a long golf course, tall mature tree lines put a premium on accuracy. There are a few holes on the course where you can really let loose with the boom stick but often times the better play at Mountain View is to leave the driver in the bag, even on a Par 5. The rough at Mountain View is manageable but rarely extends very far off the fairway before you end up with a lie better served by a punch out to safer territory. Swales in the fairways throughout the course provide yet another challenge. Level lies come at a premium, particularly on the front nine. As tight as the course can play, the real challenge lies on the greens at Mountain View. As a shorter course, the primary defense against low scores at Mountain View are the severe slopes of the greens. Pin placements can end up in brutal positions where a five foot putt can have two feet of break. This is especially true as you reach the back nine. Assuming your short game is on, Mountain View is a scorable golf course. A small stream runs through the course, affecting shot selection on more than one hole. Sand is present in the form of green side bunkers throughout the course.
Playing Mountain View Golf Club
Mountain View Golf Club begins with one of the more open holes on the course, a Par 4 with a great view of Mt. Hood. The 2nd Hole begins your trip into the trees with a bending Par 5, with nearly a 90 degree dogleg right. Hole #3 is a narrow Par 4 with a pond reachable on the right. The fourth hole may be the most difficult on the course, particularly from the back tees. A narrow Par 4 lined by OB stakes on the right, this uphill Par 4 plays longer than it shows on the card. Hole #5 is a fairly straight forward Par 4, followed by the first and only Par 3 on the front nine. Keep your ball right on the #6 and watch your ball feed to the hole. Back-to-back-to-back Par 4’s complete the front nine. #7 is short but a stream running through the back end of the fairway prevents you from playing too aggressive. The 8th Hole turns around a large tree to an inviting green. The finishing hole on the front is a tough dogleg right around the driving range.
The back nine begins with a flurry of Par 3’s. Remember your club selection on 10, because it will come to play two holes later. The Par 4 11th is a short hole, but play too long on the right side and you have no look at the green on your second shot. The aforementioned 12th Hole is as interesting a Par 3 as you will find, dropping 180 feet to the green. The club you used on Hole 10 should get you to the green on 12. The final Par 3 of the day may be the most difficult, a deceiving uphill shot that plays a club longer than you expect. Two quirky Par 5’s greet you next. The 14th hole may provide the best view on the course, followed by a huge dogleg left on the 15th. The green on 15 is probably the most challenging on the course. Holes #16 and #17 both start way downhill before coming back up. #17 in particular plays longer than it looks. The closing hole at Mountain View may be your best scoring opportunity of the day, allowing for a positive finish to your round.