Golf vacations — Bandon Dunes & Northwest golf

 
 

With now-classics like Bandon Dunes and new kids on the block like Chambers Bay Golf Club, Tetherow Golf Club, and Palouse Ridge Golf Club (photo of 6th hole above by Rob Perry), the Pacific Northwest is a golf destination worth the trip.

 
 
 

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Free Bandon Dunes golf vacation guide

* Best places to play, stay and dine

* Secrets the resort doesn't want you to know

* Tips known only to locals and a few

 

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Northwest golf courses and resorts

Washington

Chambers Bay;  Tacoma - future site of the 2015 US Open

Palouse Ridge Golf Club;  Pullman - #9 Best New Golf Venue in the world in 2008 by T&L Golf

Gold Mountain;  Bremerton - site of the 2011 US Junior Amateur

Suncadia;  Cle Elum - a Lowe Destinations development 80 miles east of Seattle

Newcastle;  Bellevue - spectacular views of downtown Seattle from a Fred Couples / Bob Cupp course

Skamania Lodge;  Stevenson - amazing location on the Columbia River Gorge;  fun, forested, mountain-style course

 

Oregon

Bandon Dunes;  Bandon - now one of the foremost destination golf resorts in the world

Tetherow Golf Club;  Bend - another David McLay Kidd design;  Golf Magazine's Best New Courses of 2008

Sunriver Resort;  Bend - Crosswater course is a Northwest classic;  one of America's top golf communities

Black Butte Ranch Golf Club;  Sisters - Top 100 Resorts by Golf Digest and Links

Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club; North Plains - the Ghost Creek course is open to the public; the Witch Hollow course was the site of Tiger Wood's 3rd straight US Amateur win in 1996

Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club; Portland / Hillsboro - just 30 minutes from Portland in the Willamette Valley

Pronghorn Golf Club;  Bend - fantastic Nicklaus and Fazio courses open to members, but book a vacation rental with Sunray (visitsunriver.com), and you're on the tees, too.

Langdon Farms Golf Club; Aurora - a beautiful course with a novel and effective last-minute tee time booking engine

Running Y Ranch;  Klamath Falls - Palmer design one of Top 100 public courses in 2008

 

Idaho

Couer d'Alene Resort;  Couer d'Alene - also a Northwest classic with its famous moveable island green

Circling Raven Golf Club

Osprey Meadows at Tamarack;  McCall - America's Best New Courses 2006

 

Bandon Dunes and Northwest golf schools

Bandon Dunes Golf Academy

3-day programs with top off and on-course instruction

Contact Grant Rogers, Director of Instruction, at 1-888-345-6008, Ext. 5852

Sunriver Resort - Shawn Humphries Golf Performance

Under the eye of a GOLF Magazine "Top 100 Teacher"

Book online or call 541-593-7880

Tetherow Golf Academy

 

Secrets & Tips for a Northwest golf vacation

Where to stay playing Chambers Bay

It's rare we suggest a golf vacation because of one golf course, but Chambers Bay Golf Course itself justifies a trip - yes, the municipal links that landed the 2015 US Open.

So, we made our anonymous visit and have two great lodging suggestions. 

The Day Island B&B (dayislandbb.com), less than four miles away, has a great view of Puget Sound and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.  Prices range from $110-$430 per night for a suite or cottage.

In Tacoma, stay at the stylish Hotel Murano, where 40 acclaimed glass artists in this town famous for Dale Chihuly are on display. Prices range from $169-$469 per night.

 

Old Macdonald Opening for Bandon Dunes Golf Vacations

Well, in a limited way anyway, but we've always admired how the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon marches to its own beat, and its most recent announcement is just one more example.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort's fourth course, Old Macdonald, isn't scheduled to open fully until June 2010, but from April 1 through October 31 of this year, the resort is, on a limited basis, making 10-hole preview rounds available to resort guests.

Quick: name another major golf resort that would allow play on its brand new course — one of the most highly anticipated new layouts in the country — before all 18 holes were ready.  Any ideas?

 

Skamania Lodge golf a beautiful, fun treat

45 minutes east of Portland, Oregon, the 4-star Skamania Lodge sits on a bluff overlooking the spectacular Columbia River Gorge.  

Known for wind-surfing, fishing and glacier-carved mountains, this area is an outdoor sports mecca.  

The golf is great, too.   While a bit quirkier than more expensive resort courses, the forested, mountain-style layout is simply fun.   Steep drops from tee to fairway with beautiful views;  narrow, chuted landing areas; and a great staff make this a fun golf adventure.

 
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World-class Palouse Ridge Golf Club debuts

by Cameron Healey of Golf Today Northwest

Not far from prime wine country in Southeastern Washington, Palouse Ridge Golf Club has debuted as the #2 Best New Course You Can Play in the US.

A venture of Washington State University, the $12.3 million complex on 315 rolling, mostly treeless acres offers up dramatic views of distant mountains in Idaho and Oregon, a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse, an expansive practice center, and is a premier golf vacation stop.

 
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