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!
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Noel Lucky is an avid, single digit golfer who, for the last 18 years, has played most of Oregon's golf courses. Because of her passion and knowledge of Oregon Golf, she has worked for Golf Digest and Golf World Properties to help promote courses big and small, for golfers of all skill levels. Noel and her husband, Jeff, live in Bend, Oregon which is considered by many the premier golf destination of the Northwest. She is excited to share her passion, many travels and insights on the Oregon golf experience.