Destination Guide

Destination: Salem

About an hour south of Portland on I-5, Salem is Oregon's capital city, though hardly the state's golf center. It is the state's third largest city with a population of about 100,000-plus, and there is a modest mix of private and public-access golf courses to choose from.

Oregon boasts some nationally recognized golf courses around Bend, Bandon and Portland, while Salem's offerings are a bit more understated. But they're also very affordable, usually between $15-50 for 18 holes. Most golf courses in Salem are traditional parkland designs. The most historic is Salem Golf Club, which dates back to 1927 and is a semi-private club that offers daily public play. Elkhorn Valley Golf Club is another understated but scenic parkland among the Opal Creek area.

Some of the Salem area's best and modern generation courses lie between Salem and larger Portland off I-5. Langdon Farms, a John Fought/Bob Cupp design, is considered one of Oregon's top parkland courses and the area's most nationally recognized course, which even garners some Top 100 mentions. A bit further north off I-5 is the Oregon Golf Association Golf Club, a tournament-quality course that opened in 1991 and plays 6,674 yards.

From Salem, you are well positioned to hit many of Oregon's key golf areas. The high desert town of Bend is just over the mountains about a two-and-a-half hour drive away. Bandon Dunes is just about three hours away. Eugene, Oregon's second largest city and home to the University of Oregon, is less than an hour south down I-5 and has some more casual golf clubs of similar variety.

Though this part of Oregon is known for it's winter rain, golf can be played 12 months a year, though itgets more sporadic during the winter months. The summer months are quite pleasant however, yielding plenty of sunshine and ideal golf weather.

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Chehalem Glenn Golf Club
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Newberg $14
Oregon City Golf Club
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Oregon City $20
Oak Knoll Golf Course
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Independence $10
Yellow/Green at Charbonneau Golf Club
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Wilsonville $9.99
Lake Oswego Golf Course
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Lake Oswego $10
Pineway Golf Club
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Lebanon $8
McNary Golf Club
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Keizer $30 - $44
Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course
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Clackamas $7
Langdon Farms Golf Club Aurora $16 - $47
Bayou Golf Course McMinnville $20
Meadowlawn Golf Club
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Salem $5
Green/Red at Charbonneau Golf Club
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Wilsonville $9.99
Red/Yellow at Charbonneau Golf Club
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Wilsonville $9.99
The Campbell Course
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Gladstone $5
Illahe Hills Country Club Salem $90
Frontier Golf Course Canby $12
Salemtowne Golf Club Salem $10 - $12
Spring Hill Golf Club at Albany Golf & Event Center
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Albany $39 - $50
Dallas Golf Club Dallas $12 - $26
Woodburn Estates & Golf Woodburn $15 - $27
Cross Creek Golf Course Dallas $29 - $43
Bayou Par-3 Golf Course McMinnville $10
Oregon Golf Club West Linn $90
Willamette Valley Country Club Canby $40 - $75
Tualatin Country Club Tualatin $72
Golf City Par-3 Corvallis $9
Evergreen Golf Club Mount Angel $13
Mallard Creek Golf Course and RV Resort Lebanon $40
OGA Golf Course Woodburn $22 - $30
Trysting Tree Golf Club Corvallis $47
Ranch Hills Golf Course Mulino $15
Kohl Creek Golf Course Wilsonville $15
Santiam Golf Club
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Aumsville $16
Creekside Golf Club Salem $60
Michelbook Country Club McMinnville $68 - $78
Salem Golf Club Salem $50 - $65
Sandelie Golf Course West Linn $26
Golf Club of Oregon Albany $30 - $42
Woodburn Golf Club
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Woodburn $4
Corvallis Country Club Corvallis $30 - $45
Arrowhead Golf Club Molalla $74
Stone Creek Golf Club
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Oregon City $16.95
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