Portland Public Golf’s Colwood Golf Center Grand Re-Opening Event:
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Portland Parks & Recreation’s Portland Public Golf and KemperSports will host the Colwood Golf Center’s Grand Reopening on Sunday, July 30, 2017. The free, family-friendly event at the popular City of Portland golf course and event site (7313 NE Columbia Blvd.) is free for guests of all ages. Enjoy free range balls and rounds of golf, golf lessons; meet our friendly staff, enjoy food, music, and more!
“Colwood Golf Center is a tremendous site for relaxation and recreation for people of all ages and backgrounds,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “And it is a real asset for both the Cully neighborhood and the City as a whole. We are excited to welcome everyone to the grand opening and invite everyone to play anytime at Colwood or any other Portland Public Golf course. We offer fun and challenging amenities and courses for everyone, whether they’re an experienced golfer or someone who’s never picked up a club. And we make golf affordable for all Portlanders.”
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), in partnership with the Trust for Public Lands, acquired a portion of the former Colwood National Golf Course in 2014, and began redeveloping the property into a unique golf and environmental asset for Portlanders. The driving range and the innovatively designed par-3 course were part of Colwood Golf Center’s initial improvements, and have appealed to a wide variety of guests for the past three years.
Since the initial property redesign began, Colwood Golf Center has been continuously making facility improvements. The second phase of this improvement project was completed in the spring of 2017, and included significant investment in infrastructure upgrades: removal of existing site septic systems and construction of an approximately quarter mile sanitary sewer (which increased water quality protection of the Columbia Slough and other adjacent waterways), pedestrian enhancements to the right-of-way that increases safety through new lighting and new sidewalks, the addition of an outdoor event space featuring sweeping views of the new patio, driving range and golf course. The project expanded the Colwood driving range, adding more hitting stalls and a large patio area for outdoor dining, lights, and new grass tees. Colwood’s parking lot enjoyed a repaving, new lights for safety, and enhanced landscaping increased the site’s aesthetics.
In addition to these recent facility improvements, Colwood Golf Center is home to the Colwood Grill and Columbia Room banquet space. Both segments of the operation feature improved menus and best in class service, as Colwood has become a popular event venue in Northeast Portland.
Colwood Golf Center is also a host facility for the First Tee of Greater Portland, with offices, programming, and dedicated facilities on-site.
About Portland Public Golf
Portland Public Golf offers affordable, quality golf to Portland's residents and visitors. Our five golf courses are conveniently located around the metro area to offer unparalleled access to our nationally recognized courses: Eastmoreland, Heron Lakes - Great Blue, Heron Lakes - Greenback, RedTail, Rose City and newly acquired Colwood Golf Course.
Portland Public Golf has been meeting the recreation and golf needs of the Portland community since 1917. The program has a long history of presenting successful, high-profile golf events and tournaments. Portland is the only municipality in the country to have hosted four USGA national championships, and several other notable tournaments and events.
Every year, ~400,000 rounds are played on Portland Public Golf courses. We are proud to offer lessons by trained golf professionals, meeting and hospitality facilities, and public and private events and tournaments at each of our properties.
Golf is a lifelong sport that benefits participants in many ways: it rewards patience, focus, deferred gratification, discipline, engages the mind and the body. Portland Public Golf implements environmentally sustainable maintenance practices. The program is increasing efficiency through improved equipment and changing turf management practices. We use a minimalist approach to turf maintenance, which maintains playing surface quality while reducing expenses and the needs for irrigation, fertilizer and herbicides.
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. The company’s award-winning portfolio includes nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF magazine; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; Harbor Shores, site of the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid; and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit http://www.kempersports.com.
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Kylen Trevor | KemperSports
For inquiries, specific to Portland Parks & Recreation:
Mark Ross - Public Information Officer
Portland Parks & Recreation
503-823-5300 (office); 503-823-6634 (cell)
Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland
Amanda Fritz, Commissioner | Mike Abbaté, Director
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