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anzanita Golf Course is known to locals as the best walking course on the coast. In the 1960s, owner Ted Erickson, a nongolfer, and his best buddy, Harry Paulson, a local golf legend, decided to build a course on some of Erickson’s property. With a stack of golf magazines provided by Paulson and equip- ment by Erickson, the twosome earmarked nine of golf’s most famous holes and, magazine shots in hand, set about creating them. Both Erickson and Paulson have gone to the Big Course in the Sky, but Steve Erickson, Ted’s son, keeps the story alive and the course in great condition. The fifth hole is the Manzanita course’s “signature” hole. Its tee box is elevated about 60 feet above the fairway and has an outstanding view, looking up at Neahkahnie Mountain. Twenty miles up the highway, the Seaside Golf Club, estab- lished in 1923, winds along the Necanicum River with nine holes of good family play, a forgiving course for beginners. Seaside is the most accessible course on the coast, with lower greens fees and typically little waiting time. One family has held an “all- ages play” summer tournament at the club for more than 50 years. And for a little more local golf lore, ask head honcho Wayne Fulmer about Marilyn Monroe. Grab a great burger in the club- house – make sure you don’t miss Stephanie’s homemade po- tato chips. They alone will bring you back. The Gearhart Golf Course is the most storied course in the Columbia-Pacific region. Dating to 1888, it has the reputa-


Astoria Golf and Country Club is known as “the St. Andrews of the Pacific.”


Changing wind directions and speed create an almost daily different tactic and game plan to manage one’s way around the course.


tion of being the oldest course west of the Rockies. The striking detail about the Gearhart course is its great condition. There was an era in which the fairways weren’t watered during the summer. Thus a duffer got what was known as “the Gearhart roll.” But today, the course is man- icured, and its new managers, Greenway Golf, have made their reputation on turf management. Even though the Gearhart course lost some 300 trees during the 2007 storm, the shore pines that line its fairways are an eye-catching accent.


“The most majestic point on the course is the ninth tee box, looking down the fairway and straight into the coast range.” says Gearhart regular Al Richardson.


story continued next page Photo on left is Manzanita Golf Course, above photo is Gearhart Golf Links


Courses on Our Coast


Manzanita Golf Course 908 Lakeview Drive, Manzanita, (503) 368-5744. Reservations recommended. Nine-hole public course, open year-round Practice putting green, pro shop, golf club and pull cart rentals. Snack shop open during summer season.


Seaside Golf Course 451 Avenue U, Seaside, (503) 738-5261. Reservations not necessary. Nine-hole public course, open year-round Practice putting green, pro shop, golf club, pull- and power cart rentals. Full-service restaurant and bar open seasonally for breakfast and lunch.


Gearhart Golf Links 1157 N. Marion Ave., Gearhart, (503) 738-3538. Reservations recommended. 18-hole public course, open year-round Practice putting green, pro shop, golf club, pull- and power cart rentals. Full-service restaurant and bar open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


The Highlands Golf Club 33260 Highlands Lane, Gearhart, (503) 738-5248. Reservations recommended. Nine-hole public course, open year-round Practice putting green, pro shop, golf club and pull cart rentals. Snacks, soft drinks and water available.


Astoria Golf and Country Club 33445 Sunset Beach Lane, Warrenton, (503) 861-2545 18-hole private country club, open year-round Driving range, practice chipping and putting greens, full-service pro shop, private full-service restaurant and bar open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Lewis and Clark Golf & RV Park 92294 Youngs River Road, Astoria, (503) 338-3386. Reservations not necessary. Nine-hole public course, open year-round Golf club, pull- and power cart rentals, water available.


Peninsula Golf Course 9604 Pacific Highway, Long Beach, Wash., (360) 642-2828. Reservations recommended. Nine-hole public course, open year-round Pro shop, golf club, pull- and power cart rentals, café open year-round for lunch.


Surfside Golf Course 31508 J Place, Ocean Park, Wash., (360) 665-4148. Reservations not necessary. Nine-hole public course, open year-round Driving range, practice putting green, pro shop, golf club, pull and power cart rentals, café just off premises serving lunch.


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