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A Walk Through Salishan Golf Links

John Gray, a native Oregonian and the kind of man legends are made from, envisioned the Pacific Northwest with its lush greenery and year-round beauty as the ultimate natural haven.

In 1965, Mr. Gray spearheaded the construction of Salishan Coastal Lodge, along with the first nine holes of the now fabled golf course. The full 18-hole championship links course was built out in 2004, reimagined by Oregon golf legend and PGA Tour champion Peter Jacobsen.

Today, golfers find themselves surrounded by old-growth trees and seaside bluffs at every turn and immediately note that the 18-hole layout has two distinct personalities: the front nine, a parkland layout which winds up and down through old-growth Douglas fir trees; and the back nine which slopes toward the sea.

Mr. Jacobsen said of the redesign, “Traditionally, Salishan was known to golfers as a challenging, fast-playing course. We were emphatic about keeping those aspects in place while also raising the level of playability on the course and taking advantage of the natural beauty of the course’s surroundings.”

The signature Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary golf course features 6,400 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. Two holes on the back nine were specifically designed by Mr. Jacobsen and are now considered the course’s highlights. The short par-5 10th hole begins on an elevated tee where a double-dogleg unfolds to a green that’s framed by Siletz Bay; and the par-3 15th tees off from high on a bluff of dunes with vistas extending north over the Pacific Ocean.

Besides enjoying the Scottish links-style course, golfers can also test their skills on the challenging 9-hole, 175-yard putting course. The practice facilities include a full-length driving range, a putting and chipping green, and a practice bunker to hone skills.

Other amenities include club storage and lockers (available to club members and Salishan guests), regular and premium rental clubs for men, women, and juniors, as well as lefties. The club also features private lessons from on-staff PGA Professionals and a fully-stocked pro shop.

Along the 10th hole, golfers will pass by the other crown jewel at Salishan Coastal Lodge – its spa. Created by world-renowned spa designer Cary Collier, the spa keeps with the tranquil setting of Siletz Bay. Indoor and outdoor whirlpool tubs look out on the water. Treatment rooms are equipped with heated hydraulic massage beds and several rooms have two beds for couples’ treatments.

After a round of golf, players can enjoy the two outdoor patio decks, expansive outdoors, along with a variety of food and beverage options at Salishan Coastal Lodge.

Salishan Coastal Lodge offers a variety of rates and packages for those who want to get away on a golf adventure. Whether an avid golfer or a newbie, the Unlimited Golf package is designed to quench a passion for challenging play among the stunning forest-lined fairways and Siletz Bay views. The package includes overnight accommodations, unlimited golf for two on the championship golf course, complete with golf cart, and bucket of driving range balls. For those interested, golf club membership also are available.

Previewan aerial view of each hole at Salishan Golf Links and reserve your tee time at this memorable course today.