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
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.
Captain Tim Abraham has spent more than 30 years fishing, both in fresh water (the Umpqua River) and salt water (the Pacific Ocean). So he knows his way around his 25-foot heated Alumaweld boat. On charter trips, he shares his expertise with his passengers, taking them on quests for fish that include everything from Chinook salmon and small-mouthed bass to perch. He's not intimidated by sturgeon's size, either. He'll help passengers catch those too.