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.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,402 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Some kids eventually outgrow their sandbox. Others just find more sand. Lots and lots of sand. At Sand Master Park, that natural material covers 40 acres, where it takes the form of sculpted dunes and rolling slopes ideal for sand-boarding: a sport similar to snowboarding, just with more agreeable weather conditions. Here, instructors teach lessons on how to glide over sand and eventually execute tricks on jump rails and slides. The sandy grounds also allow for other activities, including skim-boarding, sand sculpting, and dune buggies.
Perched on the Pacific coast in a 3.5-acre wooded site, O'BrienHouse at Bandon is a scenic retreat situated mere minutes from the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. A flight of up to eight people can claim the four suites, each of which contains two queen beds, decorative sheets, and a soap statuette of Greg Norman. After a rigorous day on the golf course (not included in this Groupon), splay out on the living room's plush couches to watch TV or gaze into the roaring fireplace, or grill up dinner on the large outdoor patio's gas barbecue. O'BrienHouse boasts a fully equipped modern kitchen where golfers can warm up for the day by putting hard-boiled eggs into a peckish friend's open mouth. Peruse pictures and policies online to preview the getaway.
Enthralled by the rugged and lush landscape that surrounded him, Steve Nichols wanted to find a way to connect with the natural beauty when he moved to Oregon back in 1993. He bought himself a drift boat, and headed out into the North Umpqua River and the Elk River. A few years later, he took on a jet sled, and started fishing for sturgeon and salmon that swim the Charleston and Winchester Bay.
More than two decades later, he leads fishing expeditions year-round, helping seasoned pros and fishing newbies reel in catches. Spring through Fall, charters set out to cast lines for halibut, albacore tuna, rockfish, ling cod, and cabezon, depending on the time of year. There's also of plentitude of chinook salmon fishing on the lower Umpqua, and ocean salmon charters that take place May through September.
Instructors are certified by the NRA and the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification. As further evidence of their skills, they wrote a companion book for their concealed-handgun-license students and are both "Refuse to be a victim" and hunter's safety instructors.
Oregon Concealed's instructors prepare their students to pass concealed-firearm-permit exams in Utah and Oregon with both in-person and online classes. Taking care to address every aspect of the process, they take photos and fingerprints of students and give out certifications for concealed-carry-license applications. To round out their course offerings, they also teach handgun safety classes.
With its wooden beams and mounted hunting trophies, not to mention its friendly staff and comprehensive inventory, Langlois Market seems a bit like a relic from the past. The place is a modern-day general store though, stocked with groceries and everyday essentials as well as savory ready-to-eat options. The main event are hot dogs made with signature sauce that are beloved by locals and visitors alike?a minister from Indonesia is rumored to have loved them so much, he shipped some back to his country. And with three different flavors of kombucha on tap, plus fridges filled with regional craft brews, fermentation-oriented foodies can get their liquid fix.