The Northwest, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, are all great places to enjoy a golf vacation. In addition to golf courses sprawled among spectacular scenery, these destinations offer many other ingredients that make for a great getaway.
Here are our picks for the best golf destinations in the Northwest.
Bandon, which is on the southern Oregon coast, is home to the acclaimed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Bandon Dunes has three courses - Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, and Bandon Trail. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort also offers a variety of accommodations from lodge rooms to cottages that are perfect for a foursome. Fine and casual dining is available at the resort. Bandon is home to one other well-regarded golf course, Bandon Crossings Golf Course. While in Bandon, you can enjoy river rafting, windsurfing, beachcombing, or shopping in Old Town Bandon.
In the golf world, Coeur d'Alene is known for the floating golf green at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course and the Putter Boat that shuttles you from the shore to the green. Located just east of the Resort's hotel and marina complex, the golf course overlooks gorgeous Lake Coeur d'Alene. There are many other golf courses in and around Coeur d'Alene, as well as in nearby Spokane, Washington. Other top-rated courses in the area are The Club At Black Rock, the Avondale Golf & Tennis Club, the Circling Raven Golf Club, and the Hayden Lake Country Club. You'll also be able to enjoy all the amenities that the resort town of Coeur d'Alene has to offer, including fine dining, shopping, and outdoor fun.
Visit Spokane on a golf vacation and you'll be able to choose from many great courses. Hangman Canyon Golf Course, Indian Canyon Golf Course, and Meadow Wood Golf Course are all highly rated. Whether you're looking for an inexpensive getaway or a deluxe experience, Spokane offers a variety of accommodations and activities. The city also has great parks, unique shopping, and access to an abundance of water recreation. For even more great golf, drive across the Idaho border to the resort town of Coeur d'Alene.
Located in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, the Bend area has become one of Oregon's sunny resort regions. There are many public and private golf courses in the area. The top-rated public courses include Lost Tracks Golf Club, River's Edge Course, Quail Run Golf Course, Aspen Lakes Golf Course, and the Meadows Course at Sunriver Lodge & Resort. Bend is a great base for year-round outdoor recreation, including mountain biking, rock climbing, and paddling - and of course, skiing and other snow activities.
Dry, sunny weather and river views help make Washington's Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco) a great place for a golf getaway. The best golf courses in the area include Columbia Point Golf Course, Horn Rapids Golf Club, Sun Willows Course, and Canyon Lakes Golf Course. Tri-Cities is smack in the middle of Washington's wine country. Take a break from the sunshine and golf to tour the region's wineries. Plan ahead and combine your golf weekend with one of the area's major wine festivals.
The area in and around Whitefish is home to nine different championship golf courses. The courses include Whitefish Lake Golf Club, Meadow Lake Golf Course, Glacier View Golf Course, and Big Mountain Golf Club. Whitefish offers a wealth of outdoor beauty and recreation, as well as excellent dining and lodging. From Whitefish you'll have convenient access to Glacier National Park.
Bellingham and Whatcom County make for a great golf vacation. These courses are open to the public: Homestead Farms Golf Resort, Lake Padden Golf Course, North Bellingham Golf Course, Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club. Whether you’re into the arts, shopping, good food, and wine, or wildlife watching, you’ll find plenty of other diversions in Bellingham.
Jackson Hole doesn't have a large selection of golf courses, but two of them are considered among the best public courses in the state. These are Teton Pines and Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club. You won't lack for things to do during your Jackson Hole golf vacation. You're right in the midst of some of the world's most spectacular scenery, including Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.