The coast is particularly fortunate with regard to the climate for golfers. Enthusiasts can play year round. When other courses in the Northwest are covered with snow, the mild rain and unlimited mud are not counted as obstacles. In fact, every spring the local Rotary hosts a golf tournament in the mudflats of Siletz Bay.
The two “18 hole” courses in town compliment each other well. Chinook Winds Golf Resort’s 5000-yard course is off Highway 101 on the north end of town. An indoor driving range (the largest in the Northwest) has been constructed at Chinook Winds Golf Resort in Lincoln City. The 12,000-square-foot hitting area overlooks the golf course. Especially for those who prefer to control the climate year round, this coastal setting is a special place to warm-up, practice and tone your ‘golf muscles.’ Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, on Highway 101 at the south end of town, was recently re-designed by PGA member Peter Jacobsen, is the ultimate in Scottish links-style golf playing out near the ocean with gorgeous ocean views from some of the fairways. In addition, Salishan, which is also open to the public, has a very nice driving range with grass tees and mats, PGA instructors and a large practice green close by.
People who prefer the quiet and ordinary will enjoy more golf in the immediate area. Three additional ’9 hole’ courses are within a half-hour drive; Neskowin and Hawk Creek to the north and Agate Beach to the south in Newport.