A true golf links is defined as a golf course built on sand left by the sea, and is influenced by the natural forces such as wind and rain. Ocean Dunes fits this definition to a tee.
Built on top of the Oregon Dunes, Ocean Dunes Golf links is a truly unique golfing experience. No wonder it’s considered “A Wee Bit ‘o Scotland on the Oregon Coast”. If you have never been to Scotland to play the links there, this is your next best experience. Playing at 6,100 yards par 71, with a slope of 124, this course is all you need to know what links golf is all about. If you’re lucky, and really want the Scottish challenge, the wind might blow, which gives Ocean Dunes’ bite even more teeth. As the Scots say, “nay wind, nay golf”.
So come to Florence and experience links golf at its best. It will take a couple of times around the links to learn its true character, but best of all, no round is ever the same. Built on a sand dune base, the fairways are always firm. Between the wind, the narrow fairways, the pot bunkers, the double green and the gorse, Ocean Dunes is always ready to challenge you. Designed by noted Golf Course Architect William G. Robinson, Ocean Dunes Golf Links is an 18 hole unique, challenging and enjoyable golf experience.
– The Bistro serves lunch daily and the banquet room holds up to 100
Be ready for some beautiful scenery. The fairways tend to be tight and challenging. Often times you will find that a blind shot can be either risk or reward. The fairways wind through the sand dunes and are bordered by beach grass, Shore Pine, Rhododendrons, Wax Myrtle, Scotch Broom and Gorse. Another aspect of the course is the wildlife you will see throughout your round. The greens tend to be average in size. You may find that contour is difficult in some areas but not so bad in others. With continuous care they have come to be firm and quick. While playing you will notice that there are four elevated tees leading to some of the greens. Surrounded by bunkers and dunes, they truly are a site to see. Also make sure to pay attention as the unique double green that is both quite large and sloping. Make sure you aim for the right flag or you are in for a long putt.
Driftwood Beach State Wayside provides access to the ocean and picnic facilities scattered among the shore pine. The area offers a wide, flat, sandy beach. A great place for beachcombing and enjoying beautiful sunsets.
At Siuslaw bridge in Mapleton, leave Highway 126 and go south on Sweet Creek Road. A beautiful 11 mile (18 km) drive will take you to the first trailhead. Parking lots are available at each trailhead. Eleven waterfalls in all.