There’s a common misconception that for truly great golf on the West Coast, you need to head for California.

While the Golden State certainly has its fair share of incredible golf courses, in our opinion, the Pacific Northwest has them all beat. Here are our picks for the best places to spend a golf weekend in the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon

Sunriver Resort Golf – Sunriver

sun setting at Sunriver Resort Golf
Sunriver Resort Golf | Photo courtesy of Kirt Edblom

When it comes to premium golfing in Oregon, it doesn’t get much better than Sunriver Resort. An on-site golf academy lets those interested in learning the game improve their skills on the architect-designed courses. Of course, the location in Sunriver is certainly a plus. Sitting in the shadow of Mount Bachelor to the north and Paulina Peak to the south, there’s no shortage of stunning views to enjoy as you play.

Aspen Lakes Golf Course – Sisters

mountains in the background at Aspen Lakes Golf Course
Aspen Lakes Golf Course | Photo courtesy of Andy Simonds

Another Central Oregon course, Aspen Lakes is nestled near the town of Sisters, which itself is right near the jaw-dropping trails of the Willamette National Forest. As such, the public golf course features some amazing views of the trees, as well as the towering peak of Mount Washington. After a rousing game on the course’s 18 holes, you can treat yourself and your group to a delicious meal at Brand 33, the on-site restaurant. With both Sisters and Bend just a few miles away, however, you have plenty of options for celebrating your game!

Chehalem Glenn Golf Course – Newberg

Where better to enjoy a relaxing round of golf than in Oregon’s gorgeous wine country? The Chehalem Glenn golf course offers beautiful scenery ideal for enjoying any game, whether it’s a full 18 holes or a shorter nine-hole course. Offers like on-site lessons and free golfing for kids after 5:30 p.m. make this a fantastic option for newcomers, as well as veteran golfers looking to show the joys of the game to family and friends. Don’t worry if it rains—not only is golfing in wet weather a unique experience on its own, but Chehalem Glenn offers a five-dollar raincheck towards your next game of golf, even if you finish your round!

Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club – North Plains

the greens at pumpkin ridge golf club
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club is Portland’s premier golfing destination, lying just 20 miles westward on a plot of pristine former farmland. The public Ghost Creek course takes advantage of the natural wetlands west of the city, creating an 18-hole course that’s both engaging to play and beautifully lush. As you play, you can admire the distant views, ranging from far-off mountains to fringes of trees with branches swaying in the wind. Afterwards, stop by the public clubhouse to kick back and relax.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – Bandon

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the ocean
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort | Photo courtesy of Ryan Healy

As the name would suggest, Bandon Dunes is located just near the town of Bandon, tucked away along the southern Oregon coast. The scenery is nothing short of breathtaking, with crashing Pacific waves, rolling sand dunes, and the shores of the beach all popping up throughout the club’s five courses. The courses themselves harken back to golf’s Scottish origins; they’re groomed just enough to make for engaging play, but have a certain roughness that you just don’t see in most modern courses.

Washington

Chambers Bay – University Place

One of the best golf courses in Washington State, the elite Chambers Bay course is worth every penny. The course hosted the prestigious U.S. Open in 2015, and it’s not hard to see why. Located on the southeastern side of Tacoma, the views are a breathtaking blend of crashing ocean waves, gently swaying trees, and distant mountains. It’s an incredible backdrop for one of the best golf courses in the Pacific Northwest.

Palouse Ridge Golf Club – Pullman

fairway at Palouse Ridge Golf Club
Palouse Ridge Golf Club Fairway | Photo courtesy of joe.yeah

Palouse Ridge Golf Club is just near the quaint towns of Spokane and Pullman, right near the Idaho border. The course is flanked by visually striking rolling hills, offering a unique taste of eastern Washington geography that visitors who don’t make it over the mountains never see. After an exciting nine—or 18—holes of golf, backtrack to the club to celebrate. The on-site Banyans Restaurant serves up delicious colonial-inspired steakhouse fare, and makes for a perfect end to a day full of golfing.

Wine Valley Golf Club – Walla Walla

putting green at Wine Valley Golf Club
Wine Valley Golf Club | Photo Courtesy of CJ Anderson

Just west of Walla Walla, the Wine Valley Golf Club is a fantastic way to enjoy the scenery of Washington’s often-overlooked southeastern region. The course itself is unique among golfing in the Pacific Northwest, trading in the heavy forests for tall grass and waving meadows. Eighteen amazing holes of golf await you, with delicious burgers and brew specials available to celebrate at the on-site restaurant on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Gold Mountain Golf Club – Bremerton

Located near Bremerton, Gold Mountain Golf Club offers more of the best golfing in Washington state thanks to its championship-level courses. The scenery highlights everything that makes the Pacific Northwest great: towering pine trees, rolling hills, and vibrant flower bushes line each of the club’s two courses. Thanks to the facility’s golf lessons, Gold Mountain Golf Club is also one of the best ways to introduce people to the sport—where better to learn the game than on a stunning course surrounded by picturesque scenery?

Idaho

Coeur d’Alene Public Golf Club – Coeur d’Alene

A sand bunker with a green grass patch and tall trees under a purple sky.
Coeur d’Alene Public Golf Club | Photo courtesy of Vimeo

When you’re not spending time by the sandy shores and warm waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene, you can take your time enjoying all 18 holes of the Coeur d’Alene Public Golf Club. The lightly-wooded surroundings are almost more reminiscent of a New England golf course than a western one, making for a nice change of pace if you’re visiting other courses in the area. After your game, be sure to drop by the Broken Tee Grill for a bite to eat!

McCall Golf Club – McCall

a fountain and golf green at mccall golf and country club
McCall Golf & Country Club | Photo courtesy of McCall Golf & Country Club

The western Idaho town of McCall offers plenty of reasons for travelers to pay it a visit. For visitors who enjoy golf, McCall Golf Club has to be near the top of the list. The tree-lined course is famous for its hazards, giving each of its three nine-hole courses an expertly-tuned challenge.

Don’t let your preconceived notions about the ideal golf course get in the way of an amazing experience. The next time you’re in the Pacific Northwest, don’t hesitate to check out a few of these fantastic courses!

Featured photo courtesy of Ryan Healy

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Author: Sam Sexton

Sam moved back to Portland after spending some time in Silicon Valley. Along with Otter Pops, Pokémon, and trains, traveling was one of the high points of his childhood. He is just as ready to try a new restaurant or walk around town as he is to order a pizza and explore the wastes of Netflix.