Formerly the Progress Downs Golf Course, this redesigned, year-round, soft-spike-only course mixes old and new styles. More ... More
Red Tail Golf Course
Formerly the Progress Downs Golf Course, this redesigned, year-round, soft-spike-only course mixes old and new styles. More water, bunkers and bumps will mean more trouble for those who do not hit fairways. The par-71 course is 6,426 yards long and mainly flat. Be prompt as the management requests that you pay and check in 15 minutes before your tee time. Wind down with a meal at the Stockpot Restaurant and Catering Co.
The course is fair to middle of the pack with all the course options in the Metro area. The staff is rude. I had an encounter with a staff member who happen to be playing for free. I was approached by another staff member working who witnessed the ordeal and confirmed that I was being harrassed. He gave me the staff's name and his manager's name and I should speak to the manager. I went a spoke with Management after my round and found Management to be dismissing of my ordeal. I have never experienced this in all of my golf career. I have played in numerous of Pro-Am tourneys and currently have a ghir card with a 4.8 hcp. This was by far the worst experience on a golf course. This was even more disturbing than taking a snowman on a par 5.
I have never had such an awful experience in dealing with Redtail's customer service and General Manager. I recently brought in a club that I purchased at Redtail to be reshafted and have subsequently had to bring it back 3 additional times to have the club "fixed" again. The issue is still unresolved and I am still stuck with a club that has not been properly repaired. Poor customer service and a "your just a number" attitude. I would not recommend Redtail for any equipment purchases or repairs.
I do agree with other comments that the teaching staff is wonderful and the golf course is challenging but I would strongly encourage people to bring there equipment needs elsewhere.
I moved to Hillsboro a few months ago and was thrilled to find Redtail. I look for two things in a golf course: challenge and value. Redtail can stretch to 7,100+ yards from the tips and plays to a 74.1/136. That is the most challenging of any municipal course (and most others, too) in the Portland area, and they also have the some of the best prices, too. I can also report that the staff is awesome! I've never waited more than a couple minutes to pay and play, and they are always friendly. They even gave me a jump once when I left my lights on.
The course itself is always well-kept, even in Winter, with the greens and tee boxes clean and cut. As I mentioned, it can be challenging, with lots of elevation changes, trees that linger and haunt, water, OB, and all the rest. The 7th hole is a 646 yard par 5 that usually plays straight into the wind. The 15th is a 470 yard par 4 that also plays into the wind from an elevated tee box with water right, OB left, and a green protected by water, bunkers, and slope. These holes are among the toughest on an unrelenting test of golf. I'm sure the more forward tees (that are 4 sets total) offer an easier go of it, although I've never tried them.
Check this course out if you like a good test of golf or like a good deal. I've played Heron Lakes, Rose City, Quail Valley, Meriwether, and most of the other municipal and full-length public courses in the Portland area and none of them can really compare to Redtail.
I recently took my first golf lesson and was so pleased with the quality of instruction that I signed up for a lesson package. The package is a great value and I couldn't be happier with the level of attention and expertise that the instuctor (Jason J.) delivers. I disagree with a previous reviewer, and felt like the customer service was impeccable from the moment I stepped through the door. Jason is new, but they are lucky to have him and I'm glad I got in on his lessons before he gets full.
Overall, I think it is a great value and was very happy with my experience.
The course surroundings are beautiful, but as far as a public course you can find better value at Heron Lakes. Many times the condition of the course is no better than Rose City. Rose City green fees are $25. In myt opinion that is what Red Tail is worth.
Now Stockpot Rest. Is a great place to eat lunch, dinner, or Sunday Brunch. Save your money and play somewhere else.
The redesign at the turn of the Millennium was fantastic and very needed. If only they would of redesigned there customer serive philosophy as well.
Redtail is the only muni course around that makes you feel like you are inconveniencing them by being their customer.
Once you get out of the clubhouse and away from the General Manger things get better.
Lots of water, well done design, holes of many legths, and direction, doglegs and a little elevation. 615 par 5 is a beast, but its fair.
For a few more bucks then Redtail's $40 you can play many other local resort courses and they will treat you like a king....if you have to play Red tail, you will enjoy your 6 hour round, the course is worth playing, its everything else that is a pain.
Its the best muni on that city block, no question. Eastmooreland and Heron lakes are better value.
I like the challenge. It is not a long course for ladies, but I have played it for over 17 years and still find it worth playing and $40 is a fair value.
This summer there are more than others a lot of very bare spots so you are hitting off hardpan. Sometimes they pack the scheduling a little too tight and it can be slow at times.
I would recommend it to others, especially after school begins.
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