A protractor is a PGA professional's most important tool, as golfers use the device to examine potential angles and factor in slope and wind speed before precisely calculating the quickest way to the clubhouse for a drink. Smack spheres sans mathematical guidance with today’s Groupon: for $119, you get an 18-hole round of golf and one golf cart for two people at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach (up to a $238 value).
Golf carts zoom across the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort's sprawling fairways on its 18-hole, par 71 course, set amid emerald scenery redesigned by PGA pro Peter Jacobsen. Enveloped in breathtaking views of the ocean and Siletz Bay, the course invites golfers to whiz through a forest of old-growth timber on the course's first nine lawn-gnome-guarded greens. Hazards hinder tee shots for those mingling on the back nine, each designed as a throwback links-style hole. Before teeing off, golfers can practice whispering "fore" in dozens of different languages on the practice green or driving range. Though not included in today's Groupon, guests can assemble an arsenal of clubs with the help of PGA vet Mark Swift at the pro shop, or keep busy with an array of nearby attractions, including aquariums, deep-sea fishing, and a regularly setting sun.
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort’s rates fluctuate throughout the week and according to the time of day.
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
Situated on 250 acres between Siletz Bay to the north and the great expanse of the Pacific Ocean to the west, Salishan Spa & Golf Resort welcomes visitors into a serene coastal environment surrounded by virgin forest and picturesque highlands. The resort has granted guests a wealth of diversions since opening in 1965, including a par-71 golf course redesigned by PGA professional and native Oregonian Peter Jacobsen. The course’s bent-grass fairways hug the hills that dot the coastline, yielding panoramic vistas of the Pacific on the front nine and the bay along the links-style back nine. Though challenging, three sets of tees per hole make the course enjoyable for every golfer and greatly increase an individual’s chances of making an ocean-in-one.
After a round, players can rest tuckered-out tendons in the spa, where saunas, rain showers, and whirlpools ease the physical self and a rustic-chic aesthetic works on spiritual clarity. Natural stone walls and tree-branch arrangements blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors, and antler chandeliers present numerous options for hanging golf bags.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par-71 course
* Total length of 6,470 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 72.3 from the back tees
* Course slope of 132 from the back tees
* Three sets of tees per hole