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Heron Lakes named to Golf World Reader's Choice Awards



Heron Lakes Golf Club Ranked No. 38 Public Facility

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 6, 2009 – The second annual Golf World Reader’s Choice Awards have been announced, which recognized the 50 best private, public and resort golf facilities in the country. Heron Lakes Golf Club in Portland, Ore., was ranked as No. 38 among public facilities and was one of two Oregon golf courses to be named to the public facility list. The rankings are based solely on the input of Golf World readers in an online ballot format.
Golf World readers were asked to evaluate the nation’s golf facilities in three distinct categories—private, public and resort—based on 13 different performance criteria, including quality of the course, course conditions, reputation/prestige and service. More than 46,000 individual facility ratings were received.  More than 46,000 individual facility ratings were received. 
 “We are thrilled that the readers at Golf World have recognized Heron Lakes Golf Club as being among the best public courses in the nation,” said Stewart Koch, Heron Lakes Golf Club General Manager. “This honor is a true testament to the loyal customers we have in the region and we are very proud.”
To determine the overall rankings, the ratings that were received by each facility in each of the 13 performance categories were totaled and then balanced to fit on a 100 point scale. The awards are listed in the September 28 issue of the magazine. The full list, including special online-only sections, can be viewed at
Heron Lakes Golf Club, owned by Portland Parks and Recreation and managed by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports since 2008, is a 36-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. facility located within the City of Portland. Heron Lakes’ two courses, the Greenback and the Great Blue, have been considered among Portland’s best since the facility first opened in 1972. Heron Lakes also features an all-grass driving range, practice bunker, and putting green.
Other KemperSports properties that were listed among the best public courses include Independence Golf Club (No. 3), Sand Creek Station (No. 8), Hiddenbrooke (No. 9), Falcon Ridge (No. 17), Desert Willow Golf Resort (No. 25), Chambers Bay (No. 29) and Bolingbrook Golf Club (No. 28).
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About Portland Parks & Recreation
Portland Parks & Recreation leads the City of Portland's efforts to develop and operate public parks, natural areas, recreational and sports opportunities to give life and beauty to the city. Portland Parks & Recreation Golf Program provides high quality and affordable golf to its residents and visitors through its four public golf facilities: Heron Lakes; Eastmoreland; Rose City and RedTail. For more information, visit:
About KemperSportsNorthbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events, including nationally ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Dorado Beach Resort & Club, The Glen Club, Harding Park, Desert Willow Golf Resort and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. Affiliate KemperSports Marketing & Communications, a sports marketing, events and public relations agency, has produced and managed major national and international events, including the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational college basketball tournament. For more information, visit
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