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Over 5 million people in the U.S. play it on a regular basis, on over 17,500 courses across the country. As one might expect, not only are there quite a few golf courses along the FunBeachFun coast of Oregon and Northern California, there are some pretty remarkable ones that any serious golfer should come check out.
Golf is one of the few ball games that does not require a standardized playing area. And, for those who have (to a certain degree) mastered the physical mechanics of the game, a good deal of the fun is playing on different courses, challenging oneself with new terrain, conditions, and enjoying the beauty of different surroundings. Variety is the spice of golf.
Raw beginner, casual duffer, or aspiring master, no matter what your skill level, there are golf courses up and down our stretch of coastline to suit every sort of golfer and ability. Plus the shores of the FunBeachFun coast offers the great treat of beautiful, unique scenery to enjoy. Look through the listings below to find golfing opportunities all along the way. Our list includes both public courses and private clubs (requiring membership).
Over and above that, a list of courses would only be a list if we didn't also have occasional coupons to offer for some of these golf destinations. Check out the list (ordered north to south by city) and see what FunBeachFun.com has...
Opened in 1924, Alderbrook Golf Course is one of the oldest courses along the Oregon Coast. 95 acres of dairy farmland were transformed into this scenic and challenging 18-hole layout. Originally a nine-hole course, the layout has undergone major renovations over the years, including its expansion to 18 holes. Despite the changes, Alderbrook has retained its classic character and still gives golfers a classic round. The mountains that enclose the course provide a stunning backdrop and the rugged terrain of the foothills is ideal golfing ground. Forests of mature cedar and fir trees blanket the landscape, which is also dotted with natural springs. Alderbrook's 16th hole is memorable for its extremely steep incline, but a panoramic view of the Tillamook Valley offers some scenic respite. Address: 7300 Alderbrook Road, Tillamook, ORn 97141. Phone: (503) 842-6413. Website: www.alderbrookgolfcourse.com
The 18-hole Astoria Golf & Country Club in Warrenton, OR is a private golf course that opened in 1924. Designed by George Junor, Astoria Golf & Country Club measures 6494 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 120 and a 71 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels. Address: 33445 Sunset Beach Lane, Warrenton, OR 97146. Phone: (503) 861-2545. Website: www.astoriagolf.com
The 9-hole Bay Breeze Golf Course in Tillamook, OR is a public golf course that opened in 1994. Designed by Mike Lehman, Bay Breeze Golf Course measures 1061 yards from the longest tees. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels. Address: 2325 Latimer Road N, Tillamook, OR 97141. Phone: (503) 842-1166.
Although records indicate that the golf course at Gearhart was established in 1892, tradition has it that several Scotsmen laid out four holes on the wind-swept dunes in the 1880s. Gearhart Golf Links is the oldest course in Oregon. Originally a nine-hole course, Gearhart Golf Links was extended to 18 in 1913. Today the golf course is 6,300 yards from the Back Tees, 5922 from the Middle Tees, and 5154 yards from the Forward Tees. It's a par 72 and stretches for about a mile from north to south, with the width equal to about three fairways. The elevation is fairly constant, but the up-and-down roll of the sand dunes over which the golf course is built, makes a flat lie a rarity. Gearhart Golf Links' sand base makes for excellent drainage, and the encircling condo-motel units provide considerable shelter from the coastal winds. The golf course is generally wide open, easy to walk, and a pleasure to play. Addess: 1157 N Marion Street, Gearhart, OR 97138. Phone: (503) 738-3538. Website: www.gearhartgolflinks.com
The Highlands at Gearhart is a gorgeous executive style course that is located next to the Oregon Coast. It meanders through a neighborhood and is sculpted out of a hillside overlooking Gearhart Beach. This 1800-yard, par-30 course provides all the challenge and practice you need for your short game. The course also lays claim to having the best prices on custom-made clubs and equipment in the country. Some manufacturers restrict them from advertising their low prices. Call for prices and a brochure, you won't be disappointed. Address: 1 Highland Road, Gearhart, OR 97138. Phone: (503) 738-5248. Website: www.highlandsgolfgearhart.com
The 9-hole Lewis & Clark Public Golf Course in Astoria, OR is a public golf course that opened in 2005. Lewis & Clark Public Golf Course measures 2738 yards from the longest tees. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels. Address: 92294 Youngs River Road, Astoria, OR 97103. Phone: (503) 338-3386. Website: www.astoriaoregonrvpark.com/golf_course.php
The golfer who likes to play different kinds of courses will enjoy the uniqueness of Manzanita Golf Course, located off HWY 101. The 2,192-yard, par-32, 9-hole layout is constructed on a beautiful hillside that faces the pounding surf. The course has many majestic fir trees, lush fairways, and well-cared-for greens. Hole #5 is a particularly interesting hole. The tee area is 80' above the fairway and provides a wonderful view of the hole. Only 280 yard from the back tees will provide the golfer with a great opportunity for an eagle. Steve Erickson, owner and manager, and his friendly staff will ensure your round is enjoyable and satisfying. The pro shop has the latest in golf equipment and apparel and the snack bar can provide you with your favorite foods and beverages. Address: Lakeview Drive, Manzanita, OR 97130. Phone: (503) 368-5744.
The 9-hole Seaside Golf Club in Seaside, OR is a public golf course that opened in 1921. Designed by H. Chandler Egan, Seaside Golf Club measures 2593 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 104 and a 33.3 USGA rating. Address: 451 Avenue U, Seaside, OR 97138. Phone: (503) 738-5261.