Long par-5s highlight play on this Estacada golf course

by: ESTACADA NEWS: DAVID BALL - Trees highlight the Springwater course, making golfers feel like they are playing in a forest as they trek through the middle holes. Springwater Golf Course is a hidden gem on the outskirts of Estacada with holes so well maintained that you don’t mind playing them twice to get in a round of 18.

The first thing you notice about the 6,217-yard, par-72 course is the trees. As you walk into the middle section of the course, it feels as if you are playing in the middle of a forest with the occasional bird chirp, breaking up the serene silence.

Playing the course offers a simple challenge.

Keep you ball down the center, and you’ll find your way to the green. Slice it into the trees and you’ll be punching a wedge shot just to return to the fairway.

The course offers players an encouraging start with a wide straightaway par-4 that gives a view of the flagstick from the tee box.

The challenge quickly escalates by the time players arrive at the picturesque three-tiered tee-box on the par-4, third hole. Golfers have two options. One, land a safe downhill shot down the fairway or two, attempt a high lofting shot over a pack of fir trees on the right side. The latter offers a sizeable shortcut to the green on this dogleg right, but clip a tree and your ball will likely splash down in a pond hidden in the forest.

Golfers concerned with their score will have to maintain their focus with a pair of par-5s in the middle portion of the course. The 503-yard, fifth hole is the longest on the course and will stretch most novice golfers to reach the green in regulation. The trees offer the only hazards in play, so feel free to swing away if you can keep the ball straight.

In a recent round, the 450-yard, sixth hole was my favorite of the mix. It also offers two intriguing choices for attacking the fairway.

The angle of the tee box and the cut of the trees invite players to let loose and aim over a long pond, but it’s going to take an accurate shot to split the trees on each side of the water. Complete the task and you’ll be on the fairway and within view of the flagstick for a long approach attempt.

Your second option appears to be a safe straightaway shot down the right side, but beware of a small pond that is hidden when you are teeing off. I played an iron shot that landed just short of the water, while my playing partner Parker Lee blasted a long ball that landed on the other side of trouble.

The challenging stretch finishes with the 445-yard, seventh hole — the longest par-4 on the course by more than 60 yards. It is rated as Springwater’s most difficult hole.

Golfers finish their round with their best chance for birdies on holes No. 8 an 9. The final hole gives golfers a downhill view at a 135-yard, par-3. Block out the water running across the fairway and the rightside bunker, and you’ve got a good chance of pulling out your putter for your second shot.

The course is offering a $10 weekday special to play nine holes after 5 p.m.

Visit to view flyovers of each of the nine holes.

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