Skamania Lodge, located just outside of Portland, on the Washington side of the border, has announced the opening of a new golf complex named "The Backyard at Skamania Lodge," which is slated for a grand opening on July 30 and 31, 2021.
Surrounded by wooded forests and with views of the Columbia River Gorge, the "Backyard" has three new golf course experiences, designed for golfers of all ages and skill sets. The three new courses are Gorge 9, a premier nine-hole short course; the Little Eagle 18, a creative 18-hole putting course that mimics a real course experience; and the Disc Golf at The Backyard, a nine-hole course with challenging baskets placed through forest and mountain terrain.
The new golf courses are the latest addition to Skamania's outdoor offerings. The Gorge 9, spearheaded by golf course architect Brian Costello, is a short course highlighting the landscape, with tall timbers, picturesque lakes and local wildlife. Golfers can swing their clubs from multiple tee locations as the course is designed for players of all skill levels and provides a variety of play for numerous return visits. Synthetic tee boxes and greens provide more consistent play with a continued focus on sustainability, using less water and chemicals to maintain.
Little Eagle 18 offers a real-course experience with challenging 2- to 4-par holes that emulate high-end greens with challenging impediments throughout the course.
When it's time to tally the scorecards, golfers can head to The Backyard Grill, with a menu inspired by locally sourced ingredients with Northwest craft beer and wine.
Nestled in 175 acres of Pacific Northwest, Skamania Lodge offers a host of activities, including zip lining, axe-throwing, running, walking, or biking a trail. There is also a five-station Gorge Loop Fitness Trail. The Lodge offers six luxury treehouses with views of the Cascade Mountains and the old growth forest that surrounds Skamania.