Sandpines Golf Links
About midway up the Oregon coast is the small coastal town of Florence. On the northwestern
end of Florence is Sandpines Golf Links, an 18-hole public golf course with ocean views and
outstanding golf. This fabulous course has been 4 star rated, and on the top of best places
to play lists of such prestigous magazines as Golf Digest, Golfweek, Golf Woman and
Golf Magazine. Golf Digest ranked Sandpines first amont their "75 Top Affordable Courses
in America" and "Best New Public Course" in 1993.
If you have ever traveled the Oregon coast you already know it is one of the most beautiful places on earth with dramatic vistas around every corner.
The front nine represents the "Pines"portion of Sandpines. For the most part the front nine winds through the tall Oregon pines. If you didn't know better you might think you were in North Carolina as you hear the echo of crisp golf shots in the trees.
In contrast, the back nine is built primarily on the sand dunes and is reminiscent of a Scottish links style course. The wind blows across the dunes and tests a players ability to control his game. Sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen provide one of the toughest trios of finishing holes you will ever face. Play the finishing three at Sandpines in even par and you may be ready to head out on tour. A driving range, putting green and "Wee-Links", a 9-hole putting course, are also available.
The golf enthusiast will be amazed and gratified will Florence golfing, for across 101 from Sandpines is Ocean Dunes Golf Links, an equally beautiful and challenging course. The term golf links refers to any golf course built on sand left by the sea and influenced by the natural forces such as wind, rain, vegetation, and terrain. Ocean Dunes is a true golf links, with native Scotch broom, wax myrtle, rhododendrons and shore pine blending easily with the bunkers and greens and creating a magnificent view.
Designed by golf course architect William G. Robinson, the natural sand base of this course provides a dry, firm playing surface year round. The course offers links-style pot bunkers, a double green, sand dunes, beach grass, and great drainage for a unique game of golf any time of year. Also available are lessons, a driving range, a full-service deli, and a well-stocked Pro Shop.