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Golfing at the Beach

May 20, 2011 | by Becky Jensen

I adore golfing! I love walking along the greens, the feel of a driver in my hand, and I love watching the ball fly through the air. Unfortunately for me, I’m not very good at golf. I can hit the ball straight but not far, and my putting is atrocious! Regardless of my lack of skills I still love it, and thankfully my boyfriend is also incredibly patient while I putt away. As a treat for his patience I’m planning to take him golfing in Seaside. Golfing on a green course with the Pacific Ocean nearby is an incredible experience. There is one golf course in Seaside, and a few close by in Gearhart (just two miles from downtown Seaside).

Seaside Golf Club

Seaside Golf Club is a nine-hole public golf course that’s open 365 days a year (weather permitting of course). It’s open from sunup to sundown with no pre-booked tee time. The Seaside Golf Club is located along the Necanicum River on 102-acre club. It was built in 1923 (and home to the first resort in Seaside), and the second green is only 300 feet to the ocean. You can walk, or use a cart (there’s a fee for the cart). They have a complete pro shop, and you can rent everything except shoes (no need to bring your clubs with you). If you’re hungry after all your putting you can visit the on-site restaurant that has a breakfast and lunch menu (only open during the summer).

Gearhart Golf Links

Gearhart Golf Links (GGL) is an 18-hole public course that also happens to be the oldest golf course in the northwest (it opened in 1892). They also have the bonus feature of having McMenamins Sand Trap on their incredibly green grounds. GGL offers outdoor seating that overlooks the greens and an incredibly delicious menu featuring McMenamin’s amazing ales (their cheeseburger and fries are so delicious). GGL features a pro shop, offers instruction, and has rentals (including clubs and carts). You’ll want to make reservations for the course (you can call 503-738-3538 or visit their website).

The Highlands Golf Club

The Highlands Golf Clubs is the only ocean view golf course on the Northern Oregon Coast. It’s a nine-hole public course, and the first place I played golf (so it ruined me for all other courses). It’s a walking course (pull carts are available), so when you’re done golfing you can grab a snack or sandwich, and enjoy a cold beverage on their patio that overlooks the course. Highlands has a great pro shop with extremely helpful staff (I also bought my golf clubs here). Call the golf shop for tee times and more information (503) 738-5248.

Whether you’re a beginner (like me) or are ready to go pro, there’s nothing quite like golfing near the ocean. They are all unique and different but each offer great views, challenging greens, and a memorable experience playing golf on the North Oregon Coast.

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