Prineville Golf Club

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Prineville Golf Club isn’t likely to make it onto many top ten lists but it damn well should.  I was lucky enough to play this course with one of our writers who lives in the area and I can honestly say, it’s the hardest nine-hole golf course I’ve ever played. 

On paper, it’s short.  And the par for 18 holes is only 65.  Should be a birdie fest, right?  Wrong.

Built into the base of ridge that overlooks the south shore of Ochoco Creek, the course features small, undulating greens that are hands down some of the fastest I’ve ever played.

The course opened in 1950 and remains virtually the same today as it did 70 years ago.

You don’t need driver except for a couple of holes and you’d better keep the ball below the flag if you want to have any chance.

Despite the quirky golf course that’s brought many a great player to their knees, Prineville Golf Club’s unchanged simplicity and charm is something to behold.

It’s like time stopped here.  The drinks are cheap and stiff.  The pro shop is simple and unimpressive.  The staff and members set in their ways yet welcoming in the same breath. 

Best not to show up on Poker Night as the old timers have been at it a while and you’ll probably get fleeced.The members of Prineville Golf Club are proud of what they’ve built and maintain to this day.  It doesn’t appear that’s about to change anytime soon.


Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast both on Apple and Spotify talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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