To the uninitiated, Oregon doesn’t seem like the most obvious choice for a destination golf trip. But for those in the know, the state offers some of the most stunning places in the world to play a round. Here are the 10 most beautiful golf courses in Oregon, which may just inspire you to start packing your clubs.
Pacific Dunes is possibly the most beautiful golf course in Oregon and would be a strong contender for one of the most scenic in the world. Between the dramatic cliffs at the edge of the course and the crashing waves of the Pacific beyond, you’ll feel like you’re on the shores of Scotland, where the game began.
Bandon Dunes has the advantage of being on the water and is also perfectly maintained, with acres of immaculate green hills rolling in every direction around you. The money shot is at the 17th hole, where you can just see the horizon blend with the ocean over a gentle, sloping hill.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, 57744 Round Lake Road, Bandon, OR, USA, +1 541 347 4380
The ambitious owners of the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club set out to build a club that would attract worldwide tournaments and scale the ranks of the best golf clubs in the world, and they succeeded. In its first year of operation, the club hosted the prestigious U.S. Amateur Championship and was named the best new public course in the country by Golf Digest.
The Sunriver Resort features four golf courses, each designed by a prominent architect and each offering a different level of challenge to those who would like to play. (The Caldera Links course has only nine holes, making it an ideal choice for parents looking to teach their little ones the game.) Make sure your tee times won’t conflict with the PGA Professional Championship, which often takes place here.
Sunriver Resort Golf Course, 17600 Center Dr, Sunriver, OR, USA, +1 855 420 8206
Located just 16 miles (25.7 kilometers) outside of Salem, Cross Creek Golf Course is one of the most innovative in the region. Its unique layout combines traditional- and links-style golf, creating a challenging course in the midst of the verdant mid-Willamette Valley.
Cross Creek Golf Course, 13935 OR-22, Dallas, OR, USA, +1 503 623 6666
Near Lebanon, Oregon, Mallard Creek is an 18-hole course spread throughout rolling hills, all along Hamilton Creek and several lakes. The course is so beautiful that you just might see a wedding party while you’re playing—the venue is a popular one for area nuptials.
Near Baker City, the Quail Ridge Golf Course offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Elkhorn and Wallowa Mountains. The course, built in 1936, is one of the oldest in the region and offers three different courses for different skill levels.
Quail Ridge Golf Course, 2801 Indiana Ave, Baker City, OR, USA, +1 541 523 2358