Despite how badly the USGA screwed up, Chambers Bay is clearly one of the three best "true muni" courses in the U.S. with pricing that favors local access.
Pumpkin Ridge is still a tier above everything else in the Portland area. This is a "top 100 public" course that is still underappreciated.
Associated with a tribal casino, Salish Cliffs is a great, fun course, albeit very challenging, and easily one of the three best in Washington.
This course has hosted USGA and NCAA events, it's a classic northwest course with water, woods, and picturesque vistas everywhere.
Just across the Columbia River, tucked back into a great woodlands setting, this is actually the "local favorite" for golfers in Portland.
The Reserve Vineyards has everything - the architectural pedigree, the location, and the pro tour events. The South is the better of the two courses.
A very hot-and-cold course, with those who love it and those who are ambivalent, Langdon Farms remains one of the best Portland courses just south of downtown.
The "home of the Huskies", this course can be brutally long from the tips, but offers many tee options to make if playable by all levels of players.
Though some elements of the course are still maturing, the Home Course is a high quality yet very forgiving test of your golf game.
Once again, great destinations are defined by the fact that their "second" course is great on its own, and the North is a prime example of this fact.
Lucky Oregonian golfers - their club's official golf course is also a premier track, challenging, interesting, fair, and fun.