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Golf Course Overview: Camas Meadows Golf Course

Golf Course Overview: Camas Meadows Golf Course

Insights From An Insider With Chris Garrison, PGA General Manager

By Brian Weis

Local and traveling golfers love to research courses before playing them, whether it is to gain some local knowledge or to set an expectation before their upcoming round. Below is an interview with Chris Garrison who shares some valuable insight about the property, its most talked about holes and the signature dish/drink to consume at the 19th hole.

Provide a brief description of the golf course/property, the terrain and best times of the year to play.
We really are a golf course for all abilities and as the name implies most of our course works its way through some beautiful wetlands. No doubt, its difficult from the back tees, but golfers find plenty of options all the way to the front tees which accommodate golfers who hit their drives slightly over 100 yards. We can accommodate everyone in the family for a fun round of golf. But, more than that, we want our guests to experience our SW Washington Community. Camas Meadows is simple a great place to Play, Celebrate and Gather.

Share with golfers, your most recent awards and golf course improvements.
We have been recognized by the Oregon Golf Association with the first Jacobsen Family Friendly Course award. In addition, our PGA Professionals Bryce Poulin and Chris Garrison have been awarded by the Oregon PGA and PNW PGA for their efforts in player development with youth and adults. We are also the home of the Washington Youth Golf Academy at Camas Meadows.

Any tips on playing and reading the greens?
We have bent grass greens, so what you see is what you get...very true.

Starting on hole #1, are there any tips to get your round off on the right foot?
It's a tough open with water hazard left and out-of-bounds to the right. Use whatever it takes to get you in the fairway.

What is your favorite par 5, and how would you recommend playing it?
Number 18 is my favorite here. It plays similar to a double dogleg depending on where your tee shot lands. It's short, but water protects the green and it's not always any easy birdie. The best part is watching all of the golfers come in an negotiate the lake. There is a perfect view from the deck of the Oaks Bar & Grill to watch all of the action post-round.

What is your favorite par 3, and how would you recommend playing it?
Number 8 - Downhill with Dwyer Creek to the side and back of the green. Plenty of oak trees to make you second guess the wind. Never more than an 8 iron from the back tee, but it really gets you thinking about club selection and has fooled me plenty of times.

In your opinion, what is the hardest hole and do you have any tips on playing it?
Number 12 is a very long par 5 into the east wind. Water hazards everywhere with the back half of the green sloping away from you. To make things more difficult you will need to negotiate two trees in the landing area of the second shot. However, on the green you can see Lacamas Lake and the Heritage Trail, two big attractions in our community. Just get your 5 and get out of there.

As a golfer plays the final three holes, is there a chance for salvation? (any tips on closing out the round?)
Birdie-Birdie-Birdie! It's been done many times and you can get the momentum started earlier by driving the par 4 #15 to make it four in-a-row. You can really close strong here, but be advised...water hazards are everywhere. Stay focused on the target and commit to your well thought out landing areas on 15, 16 and 18. You've got wedge in your hands all the way home!

Contact Course
Camas Meadows Golf Course
4105 NW Camas Meadows Drive
Camas, WA, 98607
360.833.2000 option 2

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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