This week I’m going a little different. There is one GIANT, GLARING, HEINOUS omission from this list. Bandon Dunes is the best golf resort in the world. It goes without saying that if you can make the pilgrimage to the Southern Oregon Coast, it is one of the best buddy golf trip destinations on the planet. Since my schtick on this site is to uncover some places you might not know about, I’ve decided to layout some ideas for wallet friendly and fun buddy trips across the NW.
1. The Coeur D’Alene – I had this place on my list of worst golf course values. I still stand by that, because unless you’re a resort guest and buy a package, it’s nearly $200 a round. But for the same price, you can get a double occupancy night and 2 rounds of golf on the notoriously easy and well kept resort course per person. The facilities, and the massages are always raved about. You can also shoot a half hour down the road and play Circling Raven or one of the many great Spokane Courses.
2. Chelan/Wenatchee – I recommend this trip to anyone. The wealth of great spots in the region are worthy of a trip, and you can do them all in a long weekend. There are quality and cheap hotel options, great wineries and crossing Stevens Pass is a great drive. Bear Mountain Ranch, Desert Canyon and Highlander are all top-notch and all within 45 minutes of Wenatchee. With the completion of Gamble Ranch in Brewster, this could be one of the best golf areas in the country.
3. Bend – Bend is one of my favorite cities that I never quite get to enough. The golf is seasonal and the area is really expensive, but man are there some killer courses. Tetherow, Pronghorn, Juniper, Widgi Creek, Sunriver, Brasada Canyon. All world-class and all supplemented by the great breweries and scenery.
4. Tacoma – Tacoma has some great hotels and some great golf. This and Portland are the only year round trips on the list. And when you have Chambers Bay, The Home Course, Gold Mountain, Salish Cliffs and Trophy Lake within 45 minutes of downtown, it’s a golfers dream and relatively wallet friendly.
5. Portland – Portland is a cool city with a lot of excellent golf. I frequently stay at the very nice and very affordable Red Lion in Jantzen Beach when I’m on business. Being right on the river with a great bar it’s an excellent starting point for a Portland trip. Langdon Farms, Pumpkin Ridge and The Reserve (North and South) are the obvious first choices. But beyond that, Stone Creek, Camas Meadows and Elk Ridge offer great tracks and the drive to Elk Ridge is one of the prettiest in the region.