Standing on the Oregon coast, it’s hard to believe that the birthplace of golf is more than half a world away, and not around the next bend in the road. Maybe it’s the sea air, the rhythm of the tides or the rugged beaches. Maybe it’s the emerald green of the fairway against the seemingly infinite sky. Whatever it is, the Oregon Coast seems to be in harmony with the very soul of the game that was developed on a very similar Atlantic coastline by wanderlust Scottish shepherds.
While Oregon’s connection to the game goes back more than a century, the Central and Southern coasts have only recently emerged as destinations for golfers of all stripes. In Florence, the Rees Jones’ designed Sandpines golf course has been winning accolades from players and premiere golf publications alike since it opened in 1993. Venture another 90 miles south and you’ll find yourself in Bandon, a true golf Mecca centered on the iconic Bandon Dunes resort. Closer to the Overleaf Lodge & Spa, you’ll find the family friendly Crestview golf course in Waldport, a nine-hole gem carved out of the coastal hillside. Whether golf is the focus of your getaway or merely an addition to your itinerary, the Overleaf makes a luxurious backdrop for your round. In addition to our world-class facilities, Overleaf guests enjoy preferred rates at both Sandpines and Crestview. Allow our professional staff to arrange your tee time and enjoy the convenience of having your greens fee billed to your room. After your round, soothe sore muscles and unwind in our spa with massages and treatments designed specifically to rehabilitate the strain on backs and shoulders. Afterward, enjoy a glass of Oregon wine from our cellar as you enjoy the view.
Here is a list of courses in the region that form the backbone of an emerging Central Oregon Coast Golf Trail.
This 18-hole championship course debuted in 1993 and garnered Golf Digest’s coveted best new public course in America award. Since then, the Rees Jones’ layout has withstood the test of time, appearing again on numerous best public golf course lists. The club was recently sold and new ownership has breathed new life into the course, drawing praise from players and critics alike. Like the weather on the coast, Sandpines has a dual personality. The front nine winds through coastal pines reminiscent of something you might expect to see in coastal Carolina, while the back nine opens to a wide-open, rolling, links-style layout. Liberal use of water and bunkers, however, will have big hitters questioning just how long they can go without finding trouble. It’s the kind of complete golf experience that you would expect to be offered only at a premium.
This challenging and scenic nine-hole golf course dazzles and delights even as it forces you to reckon with its undulating fairways and bent grass greens. Designed by architect Dan Hixson and opened in 2009, Crestview Golf Club proves that you don’t have to go big or big or go home when it comes to a winning golf course design. This compact course makes the best use of its terrain, offering golfers a variety of shot-making opportunities, rewarding skill shots without overly penalizing casual players.
This family-friendly course is more than just a sideshow on the Central Coast Golf Trail. It’s the kind of value golf that should exist all over the state but unfortunately doesn’t.
Ready to explore even farther down the coast? Bandon Dunes is your destination. A 72-hole-and-counting, self-enclosed golf playground, Bandon Dunes is a must-play on every serious golfer’s bucket list. The resort is the brainchild of Mike Keiser, a successful entrepreneur who made his fortune in the greeting card business. Kaiser created Bandon as a no-frills golf resort by golfers and for golfers in the tradition of the Scottish courses that gave rise to the game. Bandon boasts four 18-hole championship courses, each with its own personality, including the original layout Bandon Dunes, the much-lauded Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and most recently Old MacDonald. Bandon doesn’t do specials for non-guests, but it does offer preferred rates to all Oregon residents.