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Gearhart Golf Links is an 18 hole, public course located on the beautiful North Oregon Coast in Gearhart. The course, officially opened in 1892 as 3 holes strewn across the sand dunes, is the oldest course in the northwest and arguably in the Western United States. Legend has it that Gearhart Golf Links began life in about 1888, starting out as a few holes of true Links golf amongst the seaside meadows that characterize the North Oregon coast. Golf, somewhat new to the U.S., came to Gearhart by way of visitors to the bustling resort who had experienced the game in Europe and found Gearhart’s meadows the perfect setting. By 1892, golf was a regular pastime for guests of the Hotel Gearhart on the four-hole course just across the street. In 1901, at the hands of Marshall Kinney, Gearhart was officially opened as a 9 hole course. In 1913-1915 Gearhart grew to 18 holes and began a long heritage as one of the state’s premiere golf venues. Between1926 and 1935 the course underwent a series of changes including a redesign by Chandler Egan resulting in the layout which remains relatively unchanged.

In 1999, Northwest golf course architect, William G. Robinson re-designed a large portion of the golf course. By utilizing most of the layout from the 30’s, and adding new tees, bunkers and re-designing some of the problem greens, he has created a challenging and beautiful links style course. Gearhart Golf Links began as a classic example of early Links golf. For over a century it has stood as a landmark of the game’s origins in Oregon and the western United States. Today Gearhart stands ready to begin a new century and a new millennium. With classic styling and rugged windswept features it remains Oregon’s premier link to a rich golf history. To this day, the course retains a classic Links flavor, with a hint of traditional Northwest design features. It plays 6218 yards from the blue tees and 5353 yards from the red tees. Services include a full service restaurant and bar, pro shop, golf instruction, power carts and clubs for rent. Annual memberships are available. Groups/Tournaments are welcome. Call (503) 738-3538 for tee reservations. Gearhart Golf Links began life as a form of recreation for guests of the Gearhart Hotel. Today the course remains part of the Gearhart By The Sea Resort with accommodations available in the resort’s 200 condominium units which rent nightly or by the week. Gearhart By The Sea Resort welcomes groups. Call 1-800-547-0115 for reservations.

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  1. Roadtrip: Gearhart on the Coast

    written by Eileen Garvin on April 2nd, 2012

    April is here, and that means spring roadtrip season. After the cold of winter, we suggest going coastal for some sand, surf and sunshine. Head to Gearhart (pop. 1,462), a little town tucked away between Seaside and Astoria. This quaint and quiet…

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