Gearhart Golf Links clubhouseGearhart Golf Links

Gearhart Golf Links
1157 N Marion St
Gearhart, Oregon 97138

Phone(s): (503) 738-3538
Fax: (503) 717-0265

Although records indicate that the golf course at Gearhart was established in 1892, tradition has it that several Scotsmen laid out four holes on the wind-swept dunes in the 1880s. Gearhart Golf Links is the oldest course in Oregon.

Originally a nine-hole course, Gearhart Golf Links was extended to 18 in 1913. Today the golf course is 6,551 yards, par 72 and stretches for about a mile from north to south, with the width equal to about three fairways. The elevation is fairly constant, but the up-and-down roll of the sand dunes over which the golf course is built, makes a flat lie a rarity. Gearhart Golf Links' sand base makes for excellent drainage, and the encircling condo-motel units provide considerable shelter from the coastal winds. The golf course is generally wide open, easy to walk, and a pleasure to play.

Gearhart Golf Links
3.5 stars out of 5 (based on 8 reviews)
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View of the clubhouse and the18th green at Gearhart Golf Links.A sunny day view from Gearhart Golf Links.View of the 17th green at Gearhart Golf LinksView of the 16th hole at Gearhart Golf LinksView of the 12th hole at Gearhart Golf LinksView of the 11th hole at Gearhart Golf LinksView of the 10th green at Gearhart Golf LinksView of the 9th fairway at Gearhart Golf LinksView of the 8th green at Gearhart Golf Links#7 is the second and last hole with a water hazard. Similar to hole #5 except it's straight away and the water is on the right side of the green. No sand on this one eitherView of the 6th green at Gearhart Golf LinksHole #5 is one of two holes with a water hazard. The water is to the left of the green. No sand on this one.A huge mound with a very deep bunker guards the front of the 4th green.Doesn't look like there's a flat lie from tee to green on the 3rd. The fairway rolls left and right the entire way. A huge mound with a very deep bunker guards the front of the green. The top of the flag can barely be seen.Hole #2 is a dogleg left with trees and houses left and mounds and trees right. A bunker to the left front and along the back guards the greThe opening hole is a straight-ahead par 4. The fairway is wide and relatively flat so give it a ride! Your approach shot will be to a flat green that is guarded by one bunker to the right front.

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Greenway Golf
  • Public/Private: Public/Resort
  • Year opened: 1892
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bent Grass
  • Greens: Fescue and Poa


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: No
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - $18

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $60 - $100
  • Weekends: $60 - $100

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code:
  • Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Accepted

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Craic 72 5896 131 69.8
White 72 5741 130 69.3
White (W) 72 5741 135 74.6
Black 72 6176 137 70.8
The Stones 72 6551 139 72.7
Green 72 5157 121 66.1
Green (W) 72 5157 130 71.2

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Gearhart Golf Links
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by Donna Johnston
    on May 17th, 2023 19:45
    Poor course that is way over priced. Felt like we got ripped off
  • Gearhart Golf Links
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Chuck
    on April 07th, 2020 22:28
    I have played this course for thirty years, and it just keeps getting better. A semi links layout, with small fast greens, and lush fairways. It’s not a Course you ever get tiered of playing.
  • Gearhart Golf Links
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by Rob J.
    on July 24th, 2018 14:56
    I first played Gearhart over 50 years ago and I have always loved the experience. It was a true links course many years ago and had minimal upkeep but the coast setting and layout was great. Now it has been reworked into a sort of mixture of links and parkland style course and upgraded. Nice greens and well maintained in general. The layout of the holes is largely unchanged and fun. It's suitable for golfers of all levels. Low handicappers will be challenged at times and beginners won't be intimidated or find the experience a grind. The old Sandtrap clubhouse has been remodeled into a bar and pro shop down with a pub/restaurant up. The name is the same but the vibe is no longer old Oregon coast. Still, the pub fare is fair to good and the deck overlooking the course is superb. The clubhouse/pro shop staff is usually very friendly. The only factor preventing an "excellent" review is the price. It is truly outrageous, even for the gentrified Oregon Coast. It is a testimony to the course and the setting that I will be back. It is that much fun, despite the cost.
  • Gearhart Golf Links
    5 stars out of 5
    by DLuke
    on April 20th, 2015 16:47
    This tract is an exceptional layout, and a challenge for all golfers. Removal of many trees in the last few years gives the course a true links character again. The recent changes and addition of tee boxes has increased the length of several holes. Big hitters will be truly tested by #11, a 262 par 3, into the frequent coastal wind, at sea level! The pro-shop staff is very helpful. One of the best walking courses anywhere. The sand base makes for fast recovery following any wet weather.
    No snack shop available, but you should come here to enjoy the golf not the hot dogs!
  • Gearhart Golf Links
    2 stars out of 5
    by Maggie
    on August 20th, 2013 19:52
    This was without question one of the most ridiculous golf experiences of my life. $75 per person in green fees is silly. But it's Gearhart and they are the only game in town for anyone that wants to be challenged. The course is nice. It's not easy nor is it worth $75. There is no snack shack as there was before the original Sand Trap burned down. It took us 20 minutes to get some hotdogs and drinks at the turn. The waitstaff in the Trap was slow and surly. They don't have drinks in bottles, not sodas not waters. This place isn't being run as a golf course, it's being run as a McMenamin's. It's a shame, I loved the course and the Trap way back when I was a kid. The tall pro and I forget his name is delightful and helpful.
  • Gearhart Golf Links
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by Curtis
    on June 28th, 2012 09:01
    A good course that is fairly open but can end up with a lot of uneven lies. Looks easy but doesn't play that way. Pace of play is slow, took over 5 hours on a weekday afternoon.
  • Gearhart Golf Links
    5 stars out of 5
    by Pat Trudell
    on December 26th, 2011 01:24
    I have been playing golf for twenty years and am a member of Inglewood Golf Club. I've played Bandon Dunes and love it.

    I have been playing Gearhart Golf Links for close to twenty years. It is tougher then it looks, especially from the tips. The front nine particularly number five has a mystical presence. The back nine has, especially numbers thirteen, fourteen and eighteen, great holes. I recommend Gearhart Golf Links without hesitation.
  • Gearhart Golf Links
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by Bruce
    on July 28th, 2011 09:23
    Nice links style course, plenty of challenge, especially when the wind is howling off the ocean. A little ragged in spots, but the facilities make up for it.
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