PRIVATE GEMS: OREGON
Broken Top Club, Bend (1993). A crowning glory of the Tom Weiskopf–Jay Morrish partnership, Broken Top blends expansive outdoorsiness with peaceful contemplation. It's a thinking-man's course that wends through meadows, forests and rock outcroppings.
Eugene Country Club, Eugene (1899). A classic old-style Chandler Egan layout through some of the largest trees in America. Robert Trent Jones Sr. reversed the nines during a 1969 renovation, and it's been ranked among the top 100 in the country ever since.
Portland Golf Club, Portland (1914). Water, sand, trees and psychological barriers challenged players here in both the 1946 PGA Championship and the 1947 Ryder Cup.
Pronghorn, Bend (2004). Potentially the Bandon Dunes of the desert, this target-style Nicklaus design will appear on everyone's list of the year's best new courses. Jack took chances with split fairways and lava-rock backdrops that add strategic challenges.
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Witch Hollow, North Plains (1992). Host to the 1997 and 2003 U.S. Women's Opens, this tough, well-crafted venue—more sublime than the public track here—is the course that locals brag about playing.
PRIVATE GEMS: WASHINGTON
Sahalee Country Club, Sammamish (1969). Ted Robinson's revered timber-country layout cut from cedars and Douglas firs hosted the PGA Championship in 1998—reminding the rest of the country that they play golf in the Northwest, too.
Seattle Golf Club, Seattle (1907). This venerable—and highly exclusive—6,806-yard track was designed by John Ball and Robert Johnstone and reworked by Arnold Palmer in the mid-nineties. Its primary challenges come in the form of three lakes and many varieties of well-placed, mature trees.
Tournament Players Course at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie (1999). This Jack Nicklaus design sports 107 bunkers guarding many elevated bent-grass greens in the foothills of the Cascade mountains. The layout includes short risk-reward par fours, grassy mounds and swales, and tightly mown chipping areas.