Chambers Bay, Bandon Dunes and beyond: What are the best public golf courses in the Pacific Northwest?



This summer, the spotlight has never been brighter on the Pacific Northwest's golf scene. The U.S. Open comes to the area for the first time at Chambers Bay, located in Tacoma just south of Seattle on the Puget Sound.

One of the great appeals to Chambers Bay, besides the unique fescue turf and links-inspired playing style, is the fact that galleries throughout the week will be monstrous. So there are going to be a lot of golfers visiting the Pacific Northwest on the hunt for tee times before or after the major championship action.

In the last 20 years or so, particularly since the opening of Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes, there have been a collection of very noteworthy golf courses to come to the region. The rise of Mike Keiser's Bandon Dunes Resort has been well documented. In central Oregon, meanwhile, Bend experienced one of the nation's greatest boom-bust real estate markets, though many of the courses built at this time have survived and remain top plays in the area.

The Golf Advisor editorial staff has compiled this photo gallery of some of more than two dozen of our favorite rounds to play from Bandon in southern Oregon up towards British Columbia, where the Okanagan and Whistler are top golf getaways. Idaho even has a few selections here thanks to some fabulous golf courses around Coeur D'Alene.

Are you headed to the U.S. Open? We're curious what courses you plan on playing. Let us know in the comments below.

May 27, 2015



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longgeorge wrote at 2015-06-10 04:29:39+00:00:

Gold Mountain, Trophy Lake, The Home Course all close by, not very expensive and all excellent

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Ryan6667019 wrote at 2015-06-03 16:08:33+00:00:

Couldn't believe there wasn't a single comment regarding the new Gamble Sands in Brewster, Wa. Beautiful course, very well designed to challenge the skilled yet can also be played by the high handicapper and enjoyed.

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BrandonTuckerGA Staff wrote at 2015-06-03 18:01:28+00:00:

Ryan, none of us on staff have been there quite yet. Hope to make it there soon. 

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sherpaboy wrote at 2015-06-03 10:23:18+00:00:

The home course is just down the road from Chambers, it's a great course. Meadow park is near Chambers too It is old school type course, they will be celebrating 100 years this summer.I like Druids Glen in Covington, It's about 30-40 minutes from Chambers Bay.The Seattle Tacoma area has lots of good golf.

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BrandonTuckerGA Staff wrote at 2015-06-03 20:52:00+00:00:

Good insight. Home Course was 9th in the state on Golf Advisor in 2014. 

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NWBirdieBoy wrote at 2015-06-02 05:03:13+00:00:

Salish Cliffs and Gold Mountain are must plays if you are headed to SeaTac for the Open.   Salish is wall to wall bent grass and for those golfers who haven't played off bent fairways, you are in for a treat!


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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.