Golf in the State of Oregon
Oregon, in the nation’s Pacific Northwest, is bordered to the south by California and Nevada, to the east by Idaho and to the north by Washington. Greater Portland, including Vancouver, Washington, is the largest metropolitan area, with the capital Salem having the second-most residents. Portland is home to 39 golf courses, Bend another 20, Salem 15, Medford 13, and Eugene 10, giving Oregonians and visitors alike as much choice as their Pinot Noirs.
Geographically diverse, the Beaver State contains heavily forested areas, deserts, semi-arid bushlands, wetlands and volcanic mountains, the landscape easily lending itself to unique and challenging golf course layouts. Of note are four courses in Bandon including Bandon Dunes, Old MacDonald, Bandon Trails and Pacific Dunes, the top-ranked public course in the nation. Beaverton, famous as the headquarters for Nike, Inc., is home to Red Tail Golf Center. Bend is proud of the Jack Nicklaus designed Pronghorn Golf Club Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, famous for spectacular fall colors. Chehalem Glen Golf Course, Newburg, with six sets of tees, is located in Oregon’s scenic wine country. Langdon Farms Golf Club, Aurora has a double green that serves both the 9th and 18th holes and is a favorite for tournaments and corporate events.
Pro golfers Aaron Wise, from Cape Town, South Africa; Oregonian Peter Jacobsen, now residing in Bonita Springs, Florida; Wyndham Clark, from Denver Colorado and now living in Scottsdale, Arizona; Ben Crane, born in Portland and now calling Westlake, Texas home; Pat Fitzsimmons, born in Coos Bay, Oregon and now residing in San Diego, California and Tom Shaw from Wichita, Kansas and now living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, all got their start at The University of Oregon. Just Ducky!