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.
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.
North Bend Lanes has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. But things have changed considerably in that time, including the $100,000 worth of sound and light equipment ownership has added to the space. The center takes on many personalities; there's a more serious atmosphere during league play, a family vibe during public bowling, and the psychedelic landscape of cosmic bowl with glow-in-the-dark colors and thumping music. Back Alley Pub & Grill, meanwhile, keeps parties fueled with homemade pizzas and burgers, a full bar including micro beers on tap, and video lottery games.
The Best Western Inn at Face Rock resides in an Oregonian coastal oasis, offering pristine ocean views, well-appointed rooms, oceanfront dining, and proximity to pristine golfing greens. Guests can stay for a weekend getaway in one of the deluxe guest rooms, festooned with a microwave, refrigerator, and one king bed, two queen beds, or 63 bean-bag chairs. Alternatively, the spa suites are accessorized to appease the senses with breathtaking ocean views, a fireplace, a private balcony, and private Jacuzzi. When not enjoying their well-kept and fully house-trained rooms, visitors can take in the resort's amenities, including an indoor pool, spa, sauna, exercise room, and an exclusive contract with the sun to provide colorful displays every evening at dusk. Appetites can ramp up for dinner at Bandon Bill's Seafood Grill, which offers a multitude of menu options, including fresh Dungeness crab ($32), clam linguini ($16), and smoked rib eye ($25) in a wind-free, ocean-ogling setting.