Swinging Into Summer

Swinging Into Summer

This year spring has felt more like summer than we’re used to here in Oregon, and golf enthusiasts may find their minds wandering away from work meetings and drifting out to the course. Although Oregon has more of a reputation as a haven for sports that appeal to the reckless, that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the sport of tycoons and kings.

Oregonians are lucky to have several nationally recognized public courses available to them. Widely respected as the best of the best, the four courses at Bandon Dunes showcase the attribute that our state’s reputation is built upon: unspoiled natural beauty. Although the courses are available to the public, you won’t play on the cheap. According to Golf Vacation Insider you can save a bit during the peak season by taking advantage of the second round discount, or you can schedule on the outskirts of the peaks season when packages are available, but not advertised.

Looking for something a little closer to Portland or maybe just a bit more affordable? Try The Reserve in Aloha which manages to be both private and public (they rotate availability on the two courses) and includes an on-site vineyard for those who prefer to sip rather than swing. The South Course was designed by a native Portlander, John Fought, who has been recognized as a golfer with two PGA Pro Tour wins, and as a course designer. The South Course is open to the public from the first of each month to the fifteenth, and can be enjoyed all summer for under $100.

If you’re more of an armchair golfer, perhaps you’d like to check out the professionals in person. This summer Sunriver Resort will host the PGA Professional National Championship. This is the fourth time Sunriver has hosted the PGA championship, and viewers will have the opportunity to watch 312 players compete this year. Low on dough, but itching to see the pros? Get up close and personal by volunteering. You can even earn a free round of golf for your troubles.

Here’s hoping the amazing weather sticks around because whether you golf or just spectate, it’s always better with clear skies and sunshine overhead.