In the middle of the winter when the conditions are worse, stand at any point in Oregon and you are likely to be in 2 feet of snow and a temperature in the region of 26.2 °F (-3.2 °C).
Most of the golf courses in the state remain shut during a big part of the winter until things start to thaw towards the spring.
Hence, Can You Golf Year Round in Oregon?
Certainly yes, but it will depend on the area and how tolerant it is to the extreme weather that accompanies the season. Most of the golf courses that remain operational in the winter are in central Oregon. Two such courses are Juniper Golf Course and Brasada Ranch. Several courses choose to open or close depending on the prevailing factors of the season. So, yes, you are free to play golf in Oregon any time of the year — but you will most likely have to travel farther and wide!
Here are the top 10 year-round golf courses in Oregon:
Address: 300 SW Meadow Lakes Drive | Prineville, OR 97754
Tel: (541) 447-7113
Meadow is part of the consortium of golf courses that run and manage the renowned Central Oregon Winter Series.
The series entails an array of winter golf events tailor-made for men and women with current USGA handicaps.
As the name suggests, its main objective is to provide competitive golf-related opportunities during a part of the year when many golfers would rather hang their sticks for a vacation than brave the cold.
A typical event consists of 2-person teams playing in different formats at a manageable entry fee.
Note that all winter tournaments in this course are held on Friday evenings.
Registrations should be made before Wednesday noon via golfgenius.com before the event.
Entry fees can be paid on-site before the start. Make further inquiries via contact details below.
Address: 57744 Round Lake Road | Bandon, OR 97411
Tel: (855) 220-6710
The coastline of Oregon experiences a relatively moderate climate, ensuring you play at the local Bandon Dunes Golf Resort any time of the year including the winter.
You stand to benefit from their discounted rates during the rainiest months of the year – January, March, February, November, and December. If you want to play 36 – 54 holes, you need to consider the area’s amount of daylight
Address: 16976 SW Brasada Ranch Road | Powell Butte, OR 97753
Tel: (866) 373-4882
Brasada Ranch is located north of Bend just the right distance from the scenic Cascade Mountains to offer a great view and dry playing conditions.
It enjoys as many as 300 days of uninterrupted sunshine annually.
Besides the fact that it stays open a big part of the year – including the winter – the GolfDigest.com ranked it 15th among the best golf courses on the Oregon soil in 2017-18. Check here.
Address: 1938 SW Elkhorn Ave. | Redmond, OR 97756
Tel: (541) 548-3121
Juniper Gold Course has been touted as the “premier municipal course” of Oregon. It is situated 15 miles north of Bend.
This course is somewhat unique among golf courses in the region because of its high desert layout.
The natural terrain is made up of sagebrush, juniper trees, and rock outcroppings.
The excellent change in elevation throughout the layout adds the variety you want in a course. The level of walkability is impressive as well.
Address: 14603 South Stoneridge Drive | Oregon City, OR 97045
Tel: (503) 518-4653
Few golf courses depict the beauty of the Pacific Northwest like this one.
It presents a spectacular view of Mt Hood you might never get to have from anywhere else. Sitting on a165 acres, it is one of the largest golf courses in the region.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of this golf course is its excellent drainage, which has led the course to be called “the best drainage course in the Portland metro” by some reviewers.
Whether it’s the best or not, this drainage helps support year-round play as it creates dry conditions that ensure the play proceeds even in the wettest months of the year.
Address: 24377 NE Airport Rd #1 | Aurora, OR 97002
Tel: (503) 678-1101
This course is restricted to public use, meaning you will need to look elsewhere if you are after private grounds. It specializes in hosting corporate outings, tournaments, and charity events.
Few courses in Aurora can match the dry and peaceful playing conditions you will find here even in December when the winter is at its worst.
Address: 2850 Hazelnut Drive. | Woodburn, OR 97071
2850 Hazelnut Drive. | Woodburn, OR 97071
Tel: (503) 981-4653
Situated in Tukwila, it is the home course of OGA (Oregon Golf Association) and covers about 180 acres.
It is certified by the Audubon Sanctuary and features bentgrass/Poa annua greens and ryegrass/Poa fairways. Sounds like a great place to be in October, doesn’t it?
Address: 8200 SW Scholls Ferry Rd. | Beaverton OR 97008
Tel: (503) 646-5166
Located in Beaverton, this golf course is characterized by Scottish-style mounded fairway and expansive greens all of which unite to create one of the most beautiful golfing facilities in the state.
It is framed by an array of strategically placed trees which adds to the beauty created by numerous water features.
Virtually all greens are meticulously enhanced by huge, white-sand bunkers designed to expand the many shots required to navigate the facility.
Address: 3500 N. Victory Blvd. | Portland, OR 97217
Tel: (503) 289-1818
This is yet another stunning golf course that stays open the entire calendar year. It comes with 3 finish holes that present the classic risk-reward dilemma in equal measures.
Address: 16900 Aspen Lakes Dr. | Sisters, OR 97759
Tel: (541) 549-4653
It is situated on the foot of the Three Sisters (the volcanic peaks of Central Oregon) close to the namesake town of Sisters.
The landscape around here is quite scenic as well, so watch out not to be distracted.
Additional Golf Courses
The golf courses below will announce their winter status depending on the prevailing factors of the year, but they stay open most of the time.
- Black Butte Ranch
- Crooked River Ranch
- Desert Peaks Golf Club (Madras)
- Eagle Crest Resort (Redmond)
- The Greens at Redmond
- Lost Tracks Golf Club (at Bend)
So, can you golf year-round in Oregon? As we’ve seen above, certainly yes. Come dressed warmly though.