Hey Dom, check out the thread here
Just to add another 2 cents to the discussion, I was down by the WA/OR border weekend before last and played a few courses. I was literally depressed when I got back home b/c all three of the courses I played were way nicer than my home course.
I played Pier again, for like the 3rd or 4th time, beautiful as ever. I made the mistake of playing it on a sunny Sunday afternoon though, and it was way crowded...I can definitely sympathize with Dom in that dept. I don't mind some population, but when you have to wait on every hole, and have a string of 2somes catching up to you all the time, it can be a drag. Still, great course, just play it in off-peak hours.
I also got a chance to check out Trojan Lake, site of an old nuclear facility. I thought it was just going to be a ho-hum pitch and putt course around a little pond. Wrong! It is absolutely beautiful, free of trash, nicely mowed, and really a championship level course--not on the same scale as Milo mind you, but it's got plenty of challenge to it, and water comes into play on, oh, like 14 of the holes? It's a great course, and we didn't see any other golfers out there, just some fisherman (yeah, they've heard all the jokes about 3 eyed fish). Just make sure you bring plenty of discs you don't care about.
And last but not least...if you're going on vacation and want to get away from it all, and play on an AWESOME private course, I HIGHLY recommend this place: www.luckymud.com
. The hosts are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, the location is simply stunning, and the course is definitely one of the most fun I've played. Oh, and its got some of the biggest damn ferns you'll ever see. It's a bit out of the way, kind of out towards the coast in WA, but well worth a trip if you've got the time. I'd say it's about 1 1/2 hours from Portland or so, so not too bad of a day or weekend trip to make it out there. Oh, and you don't need to stay at the inn to play the course, just call ahead of time out of courtesy. There's a good chance that Ol' Bob, the groundskeeper, will want to come out and join you for a round.