Golf + Adventure = Oregon
In Oregon we can turn just about anything into an outdoor adventure — including golf. With mountains, rivers and forests just around the bend, why not turn your golf trip into an adventure vacation? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Fore and more
At the coast, play through with history at Old Bandon Golf Links, a sweet 9-hole course offering 1920′s golf clubs and authentic gutta balls. Feel the salt air in your face and the smack of those old hickory clubs on the western-most course in the lower 48. Up the coast in Gearhart, enjoy 18 holes at Gearhart Golf Links. Founded in 1892, it’s the oldest public course in the northwest and one of the oldest in the country with a recently upgraded course and new clubhouse. After a few polite rounds, go rip it up on the surf. Near Gearhart, try the beach break in Seaside at off of Avenue U. From Bandon, head north to Newport and look for the wind-protected spot in at Agate Beach (not Agate Wayside). Rentals, lessons and local info are available at local surf shops like Seaside’s Cleanline Surf Shop and Ocean Pulse Surf & Skate in Newport.
Drive the range and shoot the rapids
Recognized by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” and No. 4 of “America’s Top 50 Courses for Women,” Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls is also part of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System. Nearby Medford brings you within range of Centennial Golf Club, a new course designed by two-time PGA Tour winner John Fought in the beautiful Rogue River Valley. Take a day off to tear down the Wild and Scenic Rogue River in a raft or a kayak. Check in with Rogue Wilderness Adventures or Noah’s River Adventures for trip information.
Mountain tops and mountain bikes
At Pronghorn Club and Resort in Bend, the Nicklaus-designed desert course is juxtaposed with majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks. Up the road in Sisters, Black Butte Ranch has three 18-hole courses to choose from. Get off the green and onto the mountain bike trails outside of town. Check out the 7-mile out-and-back to scenic Tumalo Falls, or take the Paulina Plunge Downhill Waterfall Mountain Bike Tour. For bike rentals and trail info, check in with Bend Cyclery and Hutch’s Bicycle Store.
About the Author: Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.