I think one of the coolest things about living in Oregon is that you are always within about an hour or two of some very different biomes. Whether you are in the lush and fertile Willamette Valley, the Cascades or coastal mountain ranges, the high plains and deserts of Central & Eastern Oregon, old growth rain forests, or on the beaches of the gorgeous Oregon Coast, you will be amazed at Oregon’s beauty and diversity. You will also be amazed at the beauty and diversity of Oregon’s golf courses.

My son, Jackson and I recently traveled to Bandon Dunes on Oregon’s south coast. What an amazing trip. The courses themselves (there are 4 of them), are some of my favorites anywhere. They are built right into the existing dunes and plant life, mainly beach grasses and gorse, with unbelievable ocean views. The courses fit into the landscape so well that you might miss them if there were no flags on the greens.

Not only does my son love playing golf, but as a seven year old, 2nd grader, he also loves all the different wildlife, the birds in particular. In fact, he kept a journal documenting the type and number of all the animals he saw while we were gone. The raptors we saw were among the highlights, as he will never keep an eagle, hawk or falcon sighting to himself. He also spotted a group of turkey vultures devouring a sea lion carcass that washed up on a shore, beneath a tee box, perched on a cliff, a couple hundred feet above the Pacific. Not something you get to see every day, and he was for that moment transfixed. I think for him the people, the wildlife, the scenery, the food; the dad-time roadtrip was cooler than the golf. It was maybe his first lesson in the importance of the “journey” as opposed to the destination. A lesson, that as adults, we have learned a thousand times. We went down there for the golf and it turned out to be so much more. Wow, in fact maybe all those things were cooler for me too. Oh wait…who am I kidding, it was definitely the golf!

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