Golfing on the Oregon Coast is something very unique. Personally, I'm not a golfer, but I know many people who are and absolutely love the sport. Although, I have been known to take my wife out for a rousing game of Putt-Putt on occasion. ;)
The maintaining of the natural coastal surroundings makes for some of the most interestingly-designed courses around. If you are an expert attempting sub-par games, you'll be challenged by the uniqueness of the courses, while providing an average player a fair round.
Players from around the country make their way to the Pacific NW beaches just to play 18-holes. That says a lot about how good the courses are. In fact, Bandon Dunes Resort was rated #2 by Golf Digest in their "75 Best Golf Resorts" report. It also made the top spot in GOLF Magazine, as it surpassed Pebble Beach as America's top public course. Having all the top courses within a days drive of one another, there and back, sure doesn't hurt either. Make sure to stop into all the pro shops for the latest in equipment and apparel.
Another great thing about playing the Oregon Coast is the moderate climate, welcoming year round play. It's a unique challenge as you play in whatever weather the coast throws at you. Below is a list of the more popular courses that dot the coastline.
Gearhart Golf Links - course first opened in 1892
1157 No. Marion St.
Gearhart, OR 97138
18 hole regulation length course, public, 72 par, 6,089 yards, 68 rating, 112 slope.
This course first opened in 1920. Located two miles from the center of Seaside..
451 Avenue U
Seaside, OR 97138
9 hole regulation length course, public, 35 par, 2,593 yards.
Manzanita Course - first opened in 1987
908 Lakeview Drive
Manzanita, OR 97130
9 hole executive length course, public, 32 par, 2,192 yards.
Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club - first opened in 1924. It is member-owned, but open to the public. It is located four miles from the center of Tillamook.
7300 Alderbrook Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141
18 hole regulation length course, public, 69 par, 5,692 yards, 67 rating, 105 slope.
18 hole regulation length course, public, 65 par, 4,458 yards, 62 rating, 102 slope
Neskowin Marsh Course - opened in 1932,.
48405 Hawk Street
Neskowin, OR 97149
9 hole regulation length course, public, 35 par, 2,591 yards, 33.8 rating, 110 slope
Salishan - course first opened in 1963 and is part of the Salishan Resort. It is located four miles from the center of Lincoln City.
7760 Highway 101 North
Gleneden Beach, OR 97388
18 hole regulation length course, public, 71 par, 6,400 yards, blue grass
Agate Beach Course - course first opened in 1931. Relatively flat, rolling terrain along the Newport coastlines makes this a great place to play.
4100 N Coast Hwy
Newport, OR 97365
9 hole regulation length course, public, 36 par, 2,905 yards, 69 rating, 109 slope
Crestview Hills Course - course first opened in 1971 and is located one mile from the center of Waldport.
1680 S Crestline Dr
Waldport, OR 97394
9 hole regulation length course, public, 36 par, 3,062 yards
Sandpines - course first opened in 1993. This beautifully designed course will offer a challenge to players of all levels.
1201 35th St
Florence, OR 97439
18 hole regulation length course, public, 72 par, 7,252 yards, 76 rating, 132 slope, bent grass
Ocean Dunes - course first opened in 1963.
3345 Munsel Lake Rd
Florence, OR 97439
18 hole regulation length course, public, 71 par, 6,055 yards, 70 rating, 124 slope
Kentuck Course - course first opened in 1961.
94469 Golf Course Ln
North Bend, OR 97459
18 hole regulation length course, public, 70 par, 5,393 yards, 66 rating, 99 slope, bent grass
Sunset Bay Course - course first opened in 1970.
89516 Cape Arago Hwy
Coos Bay, OR 97420
9 hole regulation length course, public, 36 par, 3,020 yards
Old Bandon Golf Links
3235 Beach Loop Drive
Rated as one of the most challenging 9-hole courses in the entire Pacific NW, Bandon Face Rock Course includes a relaxing club house with an ocean view, a full service pro shop, a wet bar, as well as an great dining experience. This course is a wonderful place to spend the day.
They have annual memberships, men's and ladies clubs, and lessons. They welcome visitors every year from far and wide and are open year round, so grab your clubs and head down to Bandon.
Bandon Dunes Golf Course - course first opened in 1999 and is part of the Bandon Dunes Resort. It was rated number one as America's top public course by Golf Magazine and players are known to flock there from around the world.
57744 Round Lake Rd
Bandon, OR 97411
18 hole regulation length course, public, 72 par, 6,732 yards, 75 rating, 145 slope, fescue grass
Cedar Bend Course - course first opened in 1971.
34391 Cedar Valley Rd
Gold Beach, OR 97444
9 hole regulation length course, public, 36 par, 3,000 yards
Salmon Run Course - course first opened in 1999. It has the reputation as one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in Oregon.
99040 S Bank Chetco River Rd
Brookings, OR 97415
18 hole regulation length course, public, 72 par, 7,200 yards, 70 rating, 123 slope, rye grass
That list should provide you some terrific days of play. Many of the courses are award-winners and very popular, so book early and enjoy your game.
There are a few excellent schools and clinics around the state to help you achieve the game skills you've always wanted. From beginners who are just walking onto the green for the first time to top-level players who want to gain that edge. You can choose from 1 to 3-day clinics to week-long school camps and vacations. The state of Oregon has a school to fit your particular need.