A Little about the Course
Big River Golf Course is an 18-hole municipal course located just off the south banks of the Columbia River in Umatilla, Oregon. From several holes located along the north edge of the course, golfers will be provided a view of the Columbia River and McNary Dam. Big River Golf Course is a par 70 course with four par 5s, eight par 4s, and 6 par 3s, measuring 6130 yards from the longest tees, and stretched out on over 100 acres.
Big River is open year round and is a relatively flat course making it appealing and accessible for both walkers and riders. Big River Golf Course offers annual memberships for all ages, daily green fee play, and multi-visit punch pass discounts. Big River Course hosts several tournament opportunities throughout the year and is the home course for both the Hermiston and Umatilla High School Golf teams.
Big River Golf Course does not currently require a tee time reservation. Guests are accommodated on a first come, first serve basis.
A Little History
Big River Golf Course has been serving Umatilla since 1948
Big River Golf Course started out in the late 1940’s as a 9 hole course under the name McNary Golf and Country Club. The course was originally designed as a form of recreation for the workers building the McNary Dam.
The second nine holes were added in 1968 and the course changed hands several times in the initial years of operation using multiple names including McNary Golf Course and Umatilla Golf Course. Dale Miller purchased the course in 1988 and maintained ownership until 2007.
In 2007, Umatilla Golf Course was purchased by private owners and the name was changed to Big River Golf Course to honor the heritage of the Columbia and the location of the course. Big River Golf Course LLC owned and operated the course until December 2020, when it was sold to the City of Umatilla.