Nelscott Reef Big Wave World Tour competition, Lincoln City, Oregon.
Seasoned surfers and newbies alike can catch a wave at one of many popular surfing spots on Oregon's coastline. (Photo credit: Tyler Roemer)
Bandon Dunes, recently named the #1 course in North America, is true to the spirit of Scotland’s ancient links.

When you need to escape the ordinary, the 363-mile stretch we call The People’s Coast is the picture-perfect place to do it. It’s a place where you can surf the crashing waves in Pacific City, then pack up and travel south to swing your clubs at the #1 rated golf course in America at Bandon Dunes.

Start your adventures in Pacific City, where amazing surf breaks set against the backdrop of Cape Kiwanda and Haystack Rock draw adventurous surfers from around the globe. Contact Moment Surf Company for all the surfing lessons and gear you’ll need to take on the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. When you’re done playing in the surf, you can hike the dunes, explore tide pools, or explore more of Pacific City, which has grown from a sleepy little town off of Highway 101 into a surfer’s and fisherman’s paradise.  Stay the night at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, but not before taking in the views – and brews – at the Pelican Pub and Brewery, a popular spot to watch both the surfers and the sunset over a pint of some of Oregon’s best craft beers.

After you’ve mastered the surf, it’s time to head south and master the greens. Sweeping ocean views, pristine native dunes and challenging courses combine to create the golfing mecca of Bandon Dunes.  Immerse yourself in the traditions of a timeless game and the grandeur of Oregon’s rugged coast. With four distinctly different courses, you could spend days finding new golf experiences – but when you’re ready to rest, Bandon Dunes Resort serves up overnight accommodations and delicious dinners, too. Make sure you take the time to explore the shops and restaurants in downtown Bandon — try the fish and chips at Bandon Fish Market and the artisan chocolates at Coastal Mist.

about author Emily Forsha

Emily Forsha is Travel Oregon’s Content & Community Manager. When she’s not road tripping around the state with her husband and two young boys, this proud native Oregonian is cooking up new recipes in her kitchen, sampling the latest craft brews and cheering on her beloved Oregon Ducks.

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  1. Pearl Ross says…

    Bandon is really far from Pacific City. I don’t know about, you but I like my vacations to involve less driving. But if you like beer and surfing you could do Pacific City and then stop at Ona Beach in Newport and head to the Rogue Brewery afterward. The best hotel in Newport is the Sylvia Beach Hotel. Or you could stop at the Rogue first get some goodies to go, and then kayak up the Alsea River in Waldport to camp at Blackberry campground. In the morning you could catch low tide and float back to your car with elk and eagle as your companions. Either of these would make a better trip combo. Golfing in Bandon is awesome and could be paired better with a trip to Ashland’s Shakespearian festival.

    Written on September 19th, 2015 / Flag this Comment
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