Known for stunning landscapes, Oregon features coastline, forests, mountains and high desert. This ecological diversity spills into the golf scene making for unique and fun courses from affordable, local favorites to some of the most high-end resorts in the country. Whether you are packing your clubs or renting them, here are our top unique picks for golf in the state of Oregon.
Considered the crowning jewel of Portland's muni courses, you'll get a beautiful championship course at a bargain price. Despite the flat-though-scenic landscape, you'll find a links-style feel on the course that is easy to walk.
3500 N. Victory Boulevard
Portland, OR 97217
Green Fees: $15 - $40
This easy to access, upscale public course combines the rolling feel of links-style courses with a farmland feel. Here you'll find church pew-style bunkers and a barn that you drive your cart through. Also, a large double green serves both the ninth and 18th holes.
24377 NE Airport Rd #1
Aurora, OR 97002
Green Fees: $18 - $64
Jack Nicklaus Signature at Pronghorn Resort
Set in a beautiful high desert, this once private course features lava rock ridges and outcroppings as well as gorgeous views of the Cascade Mountains. It's considered one of the toughest challenges for bogey golfers, playing firm and fast. The course provides a minimalist experience with a focus on the game, combining strategy and playability.
65600 Pronghorn Club Drive
Bend, OR 97701
Green Fees: $215
Old MacDonald at Bandon Dunes Resort
Many courses at this gorgeous resort make for wonderful rounds of golf, but this unique course serves as a tribute to the father of American golf architecture, Charles Blair Macdonald. Designers Tom Doak and Jim Urbina used concepts favored by Macdonald. The course features deep bunkers, vast greens and multiple angles to play holes.
57744 Round Lake Road
Bandon, OR 97411
(888) 345-6008, (541) 347-4380
Green Fees: $85 - $325
Located in central Oregon, this course offers something not often seen in top rated courses--family ownership. The Cyrus family opened Aspen Lakes with nine holes in 1996, adding a second win in 1999. But what makes this course memorable is the red sand that makes up the course's bunkers. It's made from crushed red cinders from the family's property.
16900 Aspen Lakes Drive
Sisters, OR 97759
Green Fees: $23 - $78