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Unchanged Beauty, Unrivaled Challenge

Golfing in Oregon has been rising in popularity, and these courses are a lot of the reason why.

Salem Golf Club
Salem Golf Club
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(SALEM, Ore.) - Nestled 50 miles south of Portland and 50 miles east of the rugged picturesque Oregon coastline, the Salem, Oregon area is home to eight scenic private, semi-private and public golf courses.

Two area courses stand out because they’ve retained their original charm, splendor and design for over seven decades. Salem Golf Club, founded by a group of local businessmen, opened nine holes in 1927 and a second nine 1928.

Original green fees were 25 and 40 cents for 9 and 18 holes respectively. With tree lined fairways and wildlife around every corner, 18 holes of golf is also a walk with nature through 6236 yards of natural beauty.

Although the facilities have been modernized over the past 70+ years, the course remains virtually unchanged from its original 1920’s design.

Oak Knoll Golf Course in nearby Independence, Oregon, was founded in 1926. The course was mowed by horse teams until 1930. Today, 6279 yards of fairway wind in and out of large sequoias trees ending on challenging, well manicured greens.

Open year-round with large modern practice amenities, Oak Knoll Golf Course is considered a historical gem of northwestern golf facilities.

These are just a sample of the courses in the area—for a full list, Oregon Link and GolfNow both have a nice selection, as well as reviews of the favorites.

If you do some research and find a course that fits your style, you’re bound to have a fun and beautiful day out in nature!


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Matt Johnson June 15, 2012 9:51 pm (Pacific time)

I'm grabbing my club and heading out!

Sandy June 15, 2012 12:23 pm (Pacific time)

I have been golfing these courses for years and wondering why more isn't written about them. Thank you for mentioning my favorite places!

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