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Where can we play golf and go wine tasting?

In the state of Oregon, the Willamette Valley is most prevalent with wines (as you probably already know) but too has some pockets of good golf to enjoy.

If you focus on southern Willamette Valley area, Eugene has its fair share of wineries and a few public access courses worth checking out; my two favorites are:

  • Emerald Valley Golf is the home for the Oregon Ducks golf team, and depending on the time of year, it can be in great shape to play — plus it’s not a hard course at all.
  • River Ridge is a family-owned course with 18 holes and a par 3 nine-hole track too. This place is really special in that it reflect the old days of golf course ownership. I think you’ll like its home-spun feel

If you wine taste down by the Medford area, there are several great golf courses to try. For sure play Centennial Golf Course — it has a John Fought design and is really pretty right in the heart of Medford.

If you end up staying in Portland and driving to the wineries near the city, then Pumpkin Ridge and The Reserve are two very find golf facilities, both with two 18-hole courses.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on September 15th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Where should we stop to play golf between Redmond and Bandon?

Before you leave Redmond, I recommend playing the courses at Eagle Crest Resort. The Eagle Crest owners also own Brasada Ranch, which is about 20 minutes east of Eagle Crest and is a fantastically fun golf experience.

As far as the trip from central Oregon to Bandon, I have a “no-brainier, must play” recommendation…..Tokatee Golf Course.  It is located about an hour south from Eagle Crest next to the town of Blue River.  It is family owned gem that is easy to walk and has tremendous views of our Cascade mountains.  It is modestly priced and the beer is real cold!

If you want to get further down the road before playing golf, I would travel to Florence where you can play Sandpines Golf Club.  It is right on the ocean, great public play course.  And, just up the hill from Sandpines is Ocean Dunes that too is more modest in design but an easy golf course to get around and modestly priced.  In any event, you are experience great public play courses along your travels from Bend to Bandon.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on June 17th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

What are the not-to-miss golf courses on the Oregon Coast?

There are many wonderful golf courses along the Oregon Coast, ranging from all levels of difficulty and pricing. If you start south and head north, a really cool place to play is Salmon Run in Brookings. The Jack River crosses the course several times.

Two hours north is Bandon Dunes, considered the world’s most famous collection of courses with now five courses total. Bandon Dunes Resort is a must for the serious golfer looking for a memorable “bucket list” kind of experience. And there are a variety of accommodations, restaurants and accessible oceanfront so you can really take in the Coast. Just a few miles from Bandon Dunes, another enjoyable golf course is Bandon Crossings. And if you choose to stay in Bandon, the Bandon Inn is a lovely place to stay and tour the town.

 

As you head up the coastline, you must try to play Sandpines Golf. It is in the city of Florence and is considered one of the better public play courses in Oregon. Across the way from Sandpines is a fun, fun course named Ocean Dunes. It is modestly priced and you can play it well under four hours.

 

As you continue up the coastline, there are several other courses you can put on your “must-do list.” Salishan resort course in the town of Gleneden is known for tasty crab.  Manzanita Golf Course in the city of Manzanita is lined with trees, has ocean views and is really fun to play. Hawk Creek Golf in Lincoln City is a gem of a track and kind of a secret place mostly locals play. Gearhart Golf is one of the first courses to populate Oregon and again, is a lot of fun to play.

 

In all cases, you can’t miss celebrating the Oregon Coast with its views, good energy and fun, fun golf!

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on May 27th, 2016 - Post Your Answer
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Where are the best golf courses and resorts in Oregon?

I recommend starting in Central Oregon and making your way to the Southern Oregon Coast. Central Oregon is the home of more than 23 golf courses at all levels of difficulty and price points.  And Central Oregon is ranked as the 23rd most robust golf destination in the United States per the editors of Golf Digest. If you are with family (kids or folks that do not play golf), I recommend Sunriver Resort as this property has many, many activities to enjoy in addition to golf. Sunriver has four courses, but I recommend playing at at Crosswater, which was ranked as one of the best golf courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest. Accommodations at Sunriver range from hotel rooms to multiple bedroom homes. Nineteen miles of paved bike paths and the Deschutes River roaming through the property make this a great place to stay.

As an alternative, you can stay in downtown Bend where Tetherow resort is a super, full service destination.  The course itself is like playing Bandon Dunes (with mountain views instead of ocean views) and the accommodations are solid — plus you are five minutes driving distance to restaurants, shopping, etc.

From Bend, I would take the Highway 20 down toward Eugene. In the McKenzie River Valley, you should play play at a “public course, privately owned gem” called Totakee. Surrounded by the Cascade mountains, Totakee is very walkable and a pure, old-fashioned golf course with small greens and towering trees. You can probably play it in three and a half hours.

From the Engene area, I would head toward the ocean to Florence, where Sandpines should be your next round of golf. Take Highway 126 toward to Oregon Coast. Sandpines is a real treat, with an award-winning design and celebrated as one of the best public courses by the Golf Digest.  I suggest you stay overnight where you can add another quick round playing Ocean Dunes. It’s right next door to Sandpines and is a fun track, modestly priced. It is owned by Three Rivers Resort and Casino that is an option for lodging or there is Riverhouse Inn and Driftwood Shores that are right on the coast line as hotel options in Florence.

From Florence, your final premium golf stop would be to drive down to Bandon Dunes.  The drive itself is beautiful, ocean-filled with lots of bridges and sand dunes and everything one might anticipate for our rugged Oregon Coast. Bandon Dunes is beyond fantastic. When you set up your golf, for sure play the Preserve after one of your rounds.  I personally love Bandon Trails the most because of the diversity of holes and the walk itself reminds me of the movie, Jurassic Park. In addition to the five courses at Bandon Dunes, there is a great, public play course, family owned called Bandon Crossings.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on April 25th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Is Bandon Dunes a good golf course to spend my 40th birthday in April?

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a forever memorable experience any day of the year.  You will have a fantastic time experiencing the most spectacular collection of golf in the United States. The only dynamic that April will present you verse being there in summer time is the length of sunshine which impacts whether you play 18 or 36 holes each day. Depending on how many days you stay on property and what kind of housing you want to experience, Bandon offers many choices. That is another plus to this now five-course golf experience. Whatever you do, be sure to play the Preserve (13 holes all par 3 along the ocean….it’s a great walk with a cocktail after playing 18 holes from one of the other courses). The other thing to factor is getting to Bandon. You can fly into Eugene and travel two hours to the resort, fly in direct via San Francisco connection or make the longer five-hour drive via flying into Portland.

If you’re looking to explore more, come to Bend, one of the finest cities in Oregon and a complete destination for skiers, floaters, golfers, bikers, hikers, fishing, food and lots and lots of craft beer. FYI, Central Oregon has 23b golf courses including three Golf Digest top 100 rankers.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on March 29th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Can I golf during wintertime in Oregon?

I am answering your question while staring at two feet of snow and 10 degrees out…..so there’s no golf being played right now in Bend, the home of some 23 golf courses.

As far as playing golf in the winter, it all depends on what area of the state that is more tolerate to weather and what courses stay open year round. Several Central Oregon courses are open year round, such as Brasada Ranch and Juniper Golf Course. There are also courses open all year round in Southern Oregon and along the Coast. So, yes, you can golf in Oregon during winter — but you might have to drive farther!

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on February 10th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

What are the best golf courses to play as we head south down I-5?

There are several fun Oregon courses to play while traveling down Interstate 5. While in Portland, check out Langdon Farms just off the freeway. It’s a great course with great views of the Cascade mountains. There are a variety of tees so can be interesting for all levels of play. Not far from I-5, Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains is one of the most famous public courses that has hosted several big events, including the USGA Championships. Those are just some of the many courses you can access in the Portland area.

For the the Willamette Valley, there is a great course called Emerald Valley Country Club in Creswell. It’s flat, easy to walk and not very expensive. But it’s also famous for hosting several NACC and high-level competitions. However, you have plenty of options in Lane County.

Southern Oregon has many great courses. One of my favorites is a Bob Cupp design called Centennial Golf Club, located in Medford. It too is walkable and more of a links kind of experience in the heart of the state. If you are traveling right down the 5, another cool course is called Grants Pass Golf Club. Play a quick 18 and then go back on the road if you so choose. Of course, there are also plenty of other courses in Southern Oregon.

Throughout all this travel are fantastic wine tasting options for you to consider. Remember, no sales tax in Oregon, so drink up.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on July 5th, 2015 - Post Your Answer

Can I go golfing in Oregon during November?

November can be a glorious time to play golf in Oregon. You just have to be prepared for weather changing on you even during the course of your round. But then, that is what makes it a memorable adventure.

Most of the golf courses along the coast line and in and around the Portland area are open year-round. And down in the Medford area and Southern Oregon, there are some courses that remain open year-round. Only the Central Oregon market is closed due to the weather being cold with possible snow — it’s a destination in the high desert where the skiing is as famous as the golf experience.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on October 2nd, 2013 - Post Your Answer

What’s the best place to golf near Medford? – K.D.

There are two really great public play courses I would recommend you check out. One is Eagle Point Golf Course. This is a Robert Trent Jones design and one of his last pieces of work done in his storied career.  It is not expensive and good pace of play.  They are going through bankruptcy but that in no way is effecting the conditions or quality of play at the course.  The other course is Centennial Golf Club.  This is a John Fought design – very wide open and much like a links styled course in the middle of Medford.  They have a great restaurant attached to the pro shop and the head pro there, Vince Domenzian, will take great care of you.

As part of your planning, visit the Southern Oregon Visitor Association’s website. They can tell you a lot about the Southern Oregon area
including all the golf that is to be played.  And if you pick up the latest Golf Digest May issue, there is a six page story on Oregon Golf and it has a lot of great information.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on April 20th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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My wife and I will be in the Bend area and would like help in locating four top golf courses to play as well as lodging suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your time. – John P.

Depending on your handicap and energy level, you can actually play 36 holes a day in Central Oregon….there is just that much golf to be had. As far as top courses, I would recommend you consider the following:

  1. Crosswater Golf Club located at Sunriver Resort. If you are a resort guest, you can have access to this top quality course and you’ll love it. There are several tee boxes so depending on your level of play, you can make it as challenging as you like.  Crosswater has hosted several NCAA, PGA Tour and USGA amateur events.  The course is reopening after an extensive renovation the end of May so your timing to play the course is perfect.
  2. Brasada Canyons Golf Club at the Brasada Ranch Resort is also a fun course to play. It is located just outside  of the airport area in Powell Butte.  It is a Peter Jacobson design. The best part of playing this course are the views. Really spectacular views that follow you through out the 18 holes of play. Zach Swafford is the head pro and he and his team will take great care of you.
  3. Black Butte Ranch has two classic designed golf courses that in so many ways give you that authentic central Oregon golf experience.  The Ranch is  located in Sisters.  The property has two courses, Big Meadows and Glaze Meadows…… tree lined and small greens.  it may remind you of playing Donald Ross designed courses if you have traveled east to do just that.  Jeff Fought, little brother to PGA Tour winner and course designer, John Fought, is the director of golf.  They are super people there and will take great care of your every golf need.
  4. Pronghorn Golf Club – Nicklaus  course – Pronghorn is a semi-private facility again not too far from the Redmond airport.  The course may be most remembered for its manicured greens and  over sized clubhouse.  This course design is pure Nicklaus…..knowing  his pattern for risk reward temptation in the hole designs.  You will love playing this course for so many reasons including the very friendly staff, the views and the 19th hole patio area.

All four places I have recommended do provide overnight stay accommodations including all the amenities and restaurants. You really can’t loose if you choose to stay at anyone of these properties so depending on how much golf you want to play, you’re in a good spot. Finally, I would invite you to check out the Central Oregon Golf Trail and Visit Central Oregon for more information on courses in the area.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on April 19th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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