SALISHAN GOLF LINKS
||Gleneden Beach, Oregon
|My Only Score
|Salishan is the best public course available on the North/Central
Oregon Coast. Bisected by highway 101, the course has two very contrasting
nines. The front nine is tight, and heavily tree lined with various condos
lining some of the holes. The greens also contain tricky slopes and can
be a bear. The back 9 by contrast is a bit more open, and closer to the
ocean with fewer trees. There are some great ocean views, but unfortunately,
no hole really goes along the ocean. The closest you will get is number
11, on the right is part of the bay inlet. In the spirit of the contrasting
nines, I shot 46 on the front, and 35 (1 under) on the back nine, with
3 birdies and 2 bogeys. Quite a contrast, but that's the story of my game.
|The greens were very good and played true. The front nine greens
were much more difficult than the back nine, often containing very tricky
slopes where hitting chips or long putts one was just happy to get it somewhere
close and get down in two.
|There's some water, and lots of woods/OB (especially on the front
nine). The back nine has 4 water holes, and lots of dune type rough areas
just off the fairways. While it is possible sometimes to find the ball,
you may wish you hadn't. There are also some 50 something bunkers to keep
you accurate on the approach shots. Every green is guarded by at least
one bunker. Fairway bunkers also pop up, but are not on every hole.
|The fairways were in good condition, yet damp. Even though it was
a bright sunny day, the fairways were still wet (not soggy but soft). Roll
was at a minimum so don't expect to get lots of long low screaming shots
that roll forever. Most people might get as much or more distance teeing
off with a 3 wood and playing for the carry.
|Lost Ball Factor
|On the front nine, bring plenty. Usually if you leave the fairway
it will be difficult to find or OB. You should lose less on the back, but
bring some anyway. I recall having a couple of lost/hazard balls on the
front nine myself.
|Some elevated tees, greens. Not a flat course, but not the most
difficult to walk, and walking is allowed at all times as of this writing.
The longest walk is probably from the 9th green to the 10th tee as you
have to cross under highway 101 to the back nine.
|My favorite aspects
|The spectacular views and ocean atmosphere. I played on a sunny
60 something degree day which isn't too likely on the ocean. More often
than not you will at least have some fog or low clouds. If you get a real
sunny day, take advantage of it! As another bonus the wind was probably
only about a 1 club wind. It can definitely be more of a factor.
|The dampness wasn't a positive, but being near the ocean, is expected.
Having the course bisected by highway 101 was a minor annoyance for a course
of this type, but nothing to keep me from coming back. I guess the price
could be called a negative. I believe it was $65 with no cart when I played.
Not the cheapest around, but the best unless you head south towards Florence/Bandon
which is a ways down.
|The most pricey course in the area, but a must play at least once.
hen I played they had a special deal where you could play for $20 on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, or maybe not, I was there on Monday. I will say on Monday
the course was not crowded and I got right out.
I will play this course again when I'm in the area. There aren't
a lot of other quality options around. If you want the full elevated views,
play from the blue tees. The yardage difference is only about 250 yards,
but you get some views you'd otherwise miss from the whites. Number 9 and
17 come to mind immediately, and 6 is a completely different hole from
||The 1st hole is a 395 yard par 4. There appears to be
more room to the right, but a long drive may go through the fairway not
to mention a wild slice may find the highway. Tee over water which goes
all down the left side. Green guarded by two side bunkers and a bunker
to the rear. Par is a good solid score here. I know I was happy with it.
||A view of the difficult 4th green from the 8th tee. The
flag was in the back and on a tricky slope. You hit from an elevated tee
to an elevated green. Missing this green anywhere will make for a tough
par. One of the trickier greens on the course.
||The 8th hole, a 547 yard dog leg right par 5. If you
crush one, you may go through the fairway and end up on somebody's condo
porch (I know as after popping up my drive, I hit one straight through
the fairway onto somebody's porch). If you don't reach the corner a lay-up
is almost forced.
||The 8th hole approach from about 155 yards on the left
side. I was here and hit my 8 iron just 3 inches short of the hole. Too
bad it was my 5th short (remember the condo porch!). There is a road on
the right side and those two bunkers left front are places to avoid at
all costs as they are deep.
||TOne of the more spectacular elevated tees on the front
nine. This is why you play the blues for the views. Long, 440 yard par
4, but from the elevated tee. Left is jail (well really more like a jungle
,known as "Africa" by the locals), right is no bargain either. Actually
I went left in this so called jungle and actually found my ball and pitched
it out into the fairway. Lucky no doubt.
||The approach on the 9th is very scenic downhill look
to a large tricky green with a lake behind. Be happy with par here, it
does get a little easier on the back nine as my score will attest.
||The 10th hole is a reachable 446 yard par 5. The main
trouble is the lake down the right side. Long leaky right shots could end
up here and the way the tee is set up, one automatically tends to favor
the right side.
||Depending on where your drive is, you may have to negotiate
the lake. Either way, anything right will either end up wet, or in the
hazard in very tall and more than likely damp tall grass. The green, somewhat
of a small target is guarded by a couple of bunkers. Good birdie chances
here if you avoid the trouble.
||The 11th is a pretty 204 yard par 3 usually into whatever
wind is there. It was about a 1 club wind. I managed to hit a 2 iron just
to the right front fringe, and sink about a 40 footer for my first birdie
of 3 on the back nine. I would have gladly taken a par. The bay can be
seen through the marsh off to the right. On this particular day it was
a mud bay as the tide was out. Unfortunately this is as close to an ocean
side hole as you will find.
||The 12th is a tough 433 yard par 4 probably playing into
a wind. Avoid the trouble to have any chance of reaching the green in regulation.
||The 13th is a 415 yard par 4 dog leg left that often
plays downwind. . If you go way right you will be in the 11th fairway (as
I know) and may still have a shot. Avoid the left at all costs. Water comes
into play down the left side as you approach the green.
||The 14th hole is a shortish 480 yard par 5, but often
plays into the wind. A ditch goes down the left side, and the hole doglegs
around heavy growth on the right. Keep the ball in play and have a chance
to go for the green in two.
||The 15th is the shortest hole on the course at just 121
yards from the tips. It plays all uphill, but often downwind. Green can
play fast if you are above the hole. I managed to hit my sand wedge to
within 5 feet for my 2nd birdie on the back 9!
||This is looking back from the 15th green and I just had
to include the shot. Off in the distance you can see the 14th green down
below and of course the Pacific Ocean. This view reminded me of a Hawaii
||Hole 16 at just 332 yards is not especially difficult
if you avoid the houses on the right which can really come into play if
you leak at all right. More room down the left, but some trees can come
into play if you get too far left.
||Another nice view back from the 16th green. If you avoid
the trouble, you could be singing some birdie tunes. I had about 60 yards
to the green on my approach and ended up 1 foot away for yet another birdie.
||I believe 17 is the signature hole. Another hole best
enjoyed from up top on the blue tees. Not long, at only 291 yards, but
fairway bunkers down the left side, and jungle mess down the right. The
elevated green is tricky if you miss.
||Looking back from the 17th green. Just another pretty
||Tell off from an extremely elevated tee on 18, a 370
yard par 4. If you can hit a high ball, you can really cut off some yardage
going over the trees on the left. You'd be surprised how far left you can
go if you are long enough. A road/OB waits on the right for the errant
||If you clip it over the trees, this is what you have
left. Unfortunately the picture didn't come out so good. Whatever you do,
avoid the bunkers on the approach. Grab a birdie, and go into the clubhouse
on a positive note.
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