What are the playable golf courses along the Oregon Coast and beyond?

You are in a win, win situation exploring Oregon’s many golf offerings.

The Oregon Coast

You are looking at 363 miles from California to Washington and 27 golf courses along the way.  Your Oregon Coast golf experience is all about how much time you have and how much money you want to spend along the way.  The most famous, internationally celebrated golf resort on the course is Bandon Dunes.  It is everything that you have heard and more.  Truly a great test of golf surrounded by the ocean’s beauty and a resort staff that is there to spoil you at every turn.

From the Central Coast you have gems like Sandpines. And farther north from that course is Gearhart Golf Course. It has lots of history and is one of the first courses built along the Oregon Coast.

If you make it to the South Coast, Salmon Run Golf Course is one of those quiet gems……under new ownership, this course has the ocean views and fun zig zag holes crossing repeatedly the Jack River. Very cool.

Greater Portland

Beyond the great food and drink, Portland has several great courses ranging from a variety of price ranges. A must is the famous Pumpkin Ridge. This celebrated public course has hosted the US Open, US Amateur, Champions Tour events during it’s storied history.  It’s walkable and has pure Oregonian feel with tree lined holes and tight greens.  It’s a must and about a 20-minute drive from downtown Portland.

Willamette Valley

Another great course that is more southeast from downtown Portland is Langdon Farms. This public course has great vistas where you can better appreciate the enormity of the Cascade mountains.  It also has a complexity of holes where your tee to green range fluctuates with the hills in the course.

February 15th, 2017

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About Ask Oregon Expert Noel Lucky

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.

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