If you asked a random sample of people conjure up a vision of a dream golf vacation, you’ll likely get a hodgepodge of answers like Monterrey Peninsula, Scotland, Cabo San Lucas and similar cliché destinations. But in the last decade, the State of Oregon has made strides to not only join this list, but top it all together.
Every year, tens of thousands of golfers make the pilgrimage to the remote swaths of stunning Oregon coastline, just to experience the closest replica of great Scottish links land in America. The four 18 hole courses at Bandon Dunes Resort see approximately 125,000 rounds of golf a year; so it now seems crazy that less than two decades ago when Mike Keiser picked rookie architect David McLay Kidd to develop a course in the middle of nowhere, many thought he was out of his mind. Today, Bandon Dunes Resort now hosts 4 of the top 16 public golf courses in America. Alongside McLay Kidd’s Bandon Dunes Course (6) are the Coore and Crenshaw designed Bandon Trails (16) and the Tom Doak masterpieces Pacific Dunes (3) and Old Macdonald (10).
However, Oregon is hardly a one trick golf pony. The High Desert of Central Oregon is home to some amazing golf of its own. Courses like the Jack Nicklaus design at Pronghorn (28), Bob Cupp’s Crosswater course at Sunriver (49) and another David McLay Kidd design dubbed Tetherow (66) are all ranked just behind the 4 costal courses at Bandon Dunes.
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