Tri-Mountain Golf Course turns 30

Updated: June 30, 2024

Tri-Mountain Golf Course is an 18-hole four-star link-style daily fee golf course located in Ridgefield, Washington, it is the course you see on the east side of I-5 about 25 miles south of Longview or 15 miles north of Vancouver. Situated at the base of a valley and surrounded by Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, Tri-Mountain Golf Course offers a picturesque vista that is unmatched in natural beauty.

Tri-Mountain clubhouse

This year marks the 30-year anniversary celebration of the 1994 opening. The Bill Robinson designed layout traverses gently rolling ground with some mounding between holes. The well-maintained course prides itself on the quality of its greens.  “I would put our greens up against any course within 100 miles,” said GM Brian Michaud.

Superintendent Daniel Bierscheid has been at Tri-Mt. since its beginning, he knows every inch of the property and is continually looking for ways to make it even better. The top condition of the course it a testament to his ability and attention to detail.

The rural park-like setting is not only pleasing to golfers, many types of wildlife also find it appealing. It’s not uncommon to see eagles, osprey, deer and a variety of migratory birds on the course.

First-time visiting golfers need to be aware of the 11 lakes that come into play on 12 holes. Also of concern are the 64 bunkers and the prevailing westerly winds that average 10-15 miles per hour. Michaud passed on a suggestion: if you play early when the wind is down the course plays the easiest, play later in the day when the wind is up, the difficulty is ratcheted up. Keeping your ball flight low helps to lessen the effects the usually brisk winds have on your ball flight.

Some of the amenities you will find at Tri-Mt. are a water driving range, a 9-hole putting course, a chipping green, The Grill at Tri-Mountain, and a fully-stocked pro shop. Club fitting and repair and a variety of competitively priced merchandise and apparel are available through the pro shop.

Golfers are treated to a large deck overlooking the 18th green, a perfect place to relax and enjoy some food and drink. Great for viewing tournament golfers as they play their final hole. Golf cars have a placard with a CR code to connect to the grill to order drinks and food as they make the turn during their round.

Michael Parker is the Director of Instruction at Tri-Mt. and is a PGA Teaching and Coaching Professional. He is a Master instructor of the Operation 36 teaching system which is recognized as one of the best methods for teaching new golfers the game.