Best of 2016: Top 20 golf courses in Oregon

Most diverse golf state in the country? Pound for pound, it'd be tough to argue against Oregon. From the courses around Portland to the high desert in Central Oregon and of course, the true links at Bandon Dunes, there is a wide array of course styles, as well as pretty solid value in most places as well. It's also one of the better road trip destinations thanks to Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountain scenery.

The Top 20 courses in Oregon, determined using your ratings and reviews on Golf Advisor from 2016, showcases a little bit of everything. Yes, Bandon Dunes is high on the list, but Bend and Central Oregon, including Sunriver Resort, has plenty of picks as well. But these courses aren't all household names, and local golfers know great secrets await in all corners of the state, whether it's near the Columbia River Gorge or downstate in more sparsely populated areas off the beaten path.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Oregon in 2016

Course layout: Woodlands at Sunriver Resort
Course conditions: Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort
Value: Meadow Lakes Golf Course
Off-course amenities: Sunriver Resort
Pace of play: The Resort at the Mountain
Staff friendliness: Bandon Dunes Resort

Top 20 golf courses in Oregon in 2016

20. Greenback at Heron Lakes Golf Club


19. Quail Valley Golf Course


18. South Course at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club


17. North Course at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club


16. Stone Creek Golf Club

Oregon City

15. Ghost Creek at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club

North Plains

14. OGA Golf Course


13. Juniper Golf Club


12. The Resort at the Mountain


11. Widgi Creek Golf Club


10. Meadow Lakes Golf Course


9. Tetherow Golf Club


8. Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort


7. Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club


6. Crosswater at Sunriver Resort


5. Bandon Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort


4. Running Y Ranch Resort

Klamath Falls

3. Bandon Trails at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort


2. Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort


1. Woodlands Course at Sunriver Resort

No. 48 in the U.S. in 2016

Mar 14, 2017

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MIkeErdmann's avatar
MIkeErdmann wrote at 2017-08-12 16:41:39+00:00:

It would appear Mr. Tucker took every opportunity to sample Oregon's legalized marijuana while he was here.  That would be the only possible explanation in rating Sunriver - Woodlands as the top public access course in Oregon. 

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BrandonTuckerGA Staff wrote at 2017-08-14 13:42:24+00:00:

Haha sorry this list was actually determined based on our review community, not my personal tastes. 

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.