Peninsula Golf Course is located just minutes north of the mouth of the great Columbia River which separates Oregon from Washington. The entrance to the Columbia River from the Pacific Ocean has been dubbed the “Graveyard of the Pacific” due to its treacherous currents and tumultuous storms that have sunk many a ship.
Each hole at Peninsula Golf Course is a tribute to 9 of many unfortunate ships and also to the men, women, and children that have lost their lives on the waters of the
Columbia-Pacific. When you play our course, you can feel the history of this area and appreciate the true force of nature.
Morning Star (year lost 1849): 313 yards
#1 is a difficult opening hole with a linksy undulating fairway and OB right and trees left. The safest play is to lay up to the 100 yard stake with a short iron left into a blind green. Big hitters may take their chances with a driver and carry it over the hill 260 yards away. Beware; landing area is 35 yards wide at this point. Hole #1 may be the toughest par on the course.
U.S.S Shark (1846): 266 yards
#2 is a beautiful short 4 par framed by evergreens and poplars. Smart play on this hole is a mid to long iron leaving a short approach to the green. Long hitters going for the green have a good chance of rolling left into the pond short of the green. This green is the most severe on the course with a steep right to left slope. Birdie opportunities abound if approach shot is left below the hole.
U.S.S. Peacock (1841): 154 Yards
Hole #3 is a mid range 3 par with a blind tee shot. The green on this hole is the smallest on the course at 2500 square feet and is sloped from front to back. Make sure your tee shot gets to pin high or beyond as a chip from in front of the green takes a deft touch. A par here is a great score.
Windward (1871): 162 Yards
#4 is a great par 3 through a chute of trees to a relatively flat green with subtle breaks. This hole usually plays ½ to 1 club longer due to the prevailing wind which quarters into the golfer from the right.
Mermaid (1961): 252 Yards
Hole #5 is a classic risk / reward par 4. This hole has trees along the right side, water down the left and the severely right to left sloping green sits in a cove of trees and underbrush. In addition, a 150 year old spruce tree guards the right side at the 200 yard mark. The prudent play is a tee shot short left with a pitch back up the slope of the green. Like Hole #2, positioning the approach underneath the hole is imperative.
Desdemona (1857): 141 Yards
#6 is a par 3 that can vary from 115 yards to 175 yards. A waterway crosses the fairway and runs parallel to the green on the left side of the fairway. Prevailing winds help push the ball left so take this into consideration on the tee. A sentinel spruce tree juts over the right edge of the green and rhododendrons greet you from the back of the green.
Intrepid (1954): 346 Yards
#7 is a bombers paradise! Be forewarned…A waterway crosses the fairway at the 230 yard mark. Summer breezes tend to make this hole play longer than the yardage indicates. A smart lay up short of the water leaves an approach to a beautiful green with subtle breaks.
Sea Thrush (1932): 248 Yards
#8 is another example of a classic risk and reward hole. It can be played as a short par 4 or an extremely difficult par 3. The landing area is very narrow beyond 200 yards. A drive to the right side of the fairway leaves a great angle to a newly reconfigured green. Watch out for the pond right of the green.
Triumph (1961): 347 Yards
The closing hole is a par 4 that can be play anywhere from 235 to 360 yards. From the forward tees, it is quite manageable. The back tees are a different story. Hard against the highway, the shot must be threaded between the out-of-bounds right and an old-growth forest to the left. The approach must be judged carefully into the links-style green that has been expanded and relocated slightly east of the newly created pond. Hole #9 is a great ending to a terrific round.