Tucked just south of the Chetco River’s rushing waters, the championship course at Salmon Run boasts its own aquatic artery, which wends along ryegrass fairways, passing sandy bunkers and challenging doglegs. Players soak up views of forested slopes as they face off with the course’s signature island green, whose watery surroundings and treacherous sand bunker demand the precision of a veterinarian surgeon operating on the world’s last unicorn. To gear up for the course’s myriad challenges, swingers can warm up at one of the driving range’s 10 hitting stations.
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Tucked away near the Northern California border, the city of Klamath Falls rests as the centerpiece civilization amid vast woodlands, including Umpqua, Fremont-Winema, Shasta-Trinity, and Klamath National Forests. The Cascade Mountain Range to the west melds with lava formations, lakes, and evergreens, and its photogenic landscape drew in noted naturalists John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt in the early 1900s. A drive along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway traces tectonic activity and unparalleled spectacle around Upper Klamath Lake, a popular layover for birds on the major migratory route of the Pacific Flyway. About a million ducks and geese flock to draw arrows and search algorithms across the sky every fall, and winter brings bald eagles home to roost in the basin's wetlands.
Seventy-five years separate Watson Ranch Golf’s front and back nines, which billow across an undulating parcel of wooded terrain just east of the Coos River. Known as Coos Country Club when it opened for play in 1923, the course’s original nine holes were designed by H. Chandler Egan. A successful amateur golfer himself, his idea of a proper introduction was welcoming players with a pair of stiff par 5s. While Mr. Egan would go on to redesign the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links just six years later, Watson Ranch Golf remained a 9-hole course until 1998, when it sprouted a back nine. Today, the 18-hole course also incorporates a driving range, a chipping area, and two practice putting greens where golfers can limber up before acquainting themselves with Mr. Egan’s opening holes.
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