Glendoveer Golf Course and Tennis Club in Portland gets new management team in CourseCo

Updated: August 1, 2013

Have you been to Glendoveer Golf Course and Tennis Club in Portland lately? If not, it’s time to reacquaint yourself with one of the Portland area’s historical golf experiences. It’s a golf facility that’s been treating visitors to a challenging round of golf for more than 80 years on one of its two courses.

Recently, a new golf course management company, CourseCo, was selected to run the 36-hole facility, that also boasts the only public indoor tennis courts in the area. CourseCo is considered to be one of the top municipal golf course management companies in the nation. CourseCo is best known for their stellar record of environmental accolades and awards, and the commitment to making a golf course a community asset that is enjoyed by all residents.

There have always been 36 holes of golf at Glendoveer Golf Course, with both an East and West Course. The East Course is considered the premiere 18 holes with a fun and challenging layout that is filled with tall and spectacularly beautiful trees you would expect to find in the Pacific Northwest. The East Course is also a bit more demanding because of its length and tree-lined fairways. Water comes into play on three holes on the East side.

The West Course is a little easier, with more open fairways and fewer bunkers. Water comes into play on 2 of the holes. The greens on both courses are small and fast. The terrain is hilly, yet easy to walk. John Stenzel designed the East Course in 1926, while adding the West Course in 1928.

Many of the most important changes have taken place on the tees, fairways and greens at Glendoveer Golf Course. The golf courses were in need of a strong plan to improve playing conditions, with the foundation of that plan being environmentally friendly and sustainable agronomic practices. No operator was better suited than CourseCo, as their list of awards is extensive. In fact, CourseCo awards includes the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Sustainable Practices. This is California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor.

The results of change in the turf management practices often aren’t seen overnight. For example, fairways were aerified recently for the first time in 20 years. According to Vice President of Agronomy, Scott Carrier, “Glendoveer Golf Course will realize dramatic improvements in playing conditions.”

If Tennis is your game, then Glendoveer might be your answer. The indoor courts shield players from rain and allow for 12 months of tennis activities, lessons, and leagues. There’s a complete calendar of tennis events for everyone from senior players to kids just learning the game. They also recently held an outdoor Wimbledon style event complete with a grass tennis court experience.

Changes at Glendoveer don’t stop at the tennis courts or out on the golf course. Glendoveer is fully committed to maintaining an active calendar of community events for the non-golfer too. In fact, Glendoveer recently hired a new Director of Community Events, specifically to manage a lively and active calendar of community inclusive events that get Portland residents out to the golf course and using the property for much more than just a place to play golf and tennis.

If you’ve ever played in a golf tournament, it’s fair to assume that you’ve been handed a boxed lunch and sent to the buffet line after your round of golf. At Glendoveer Golf Course, they have the good fortune of forging a strong partnership with the iconic Ringside Restaurant. The Ringside Restaurant has an attractive list of awards and accolades, including being one of the “Great Steakhouses in North America.”