Our Favorite Golf Courses in the Pacific Northwest

Hidden (and not-so-hidden) Gems: Golf Courses in the Pacific Northwest Worth Visiting with Your Family

The Pacific Northwest is renowned for its lush landscapes, rugged coastlines, and breathtaking mountain views. It’s also home to some of the most beautiful and underrated golf courses in the United States. While many visitors will opt to spend their days exploring the vast and diverse outdoors of the PNW, some may overlook how perfect the region is for a family golf vacation. These gems offer both challenging play and stunning scenery - so don't look past adding a golfing day or two onto your PNW excursions. Here’s a look at some must-visit golf courses in the Pacific Northwest and some outfit ideas for men, women, kids, toddlers, and infants, tailored to the local climate.

Salish Cliffs Golf Club (Shelton, Washington)

Nestled in the scenic Kamilche Valley, Salish Cliffs Golf Club offers a tranquil setting with rolling hills, dense forests, and a beautifully designed course. It’s a hidden gem perfect for a family outing. Completed with a casino, a spa, and even a recurring ladies only "wine and nine" - it'll be a breeze to find something that caters to all parties. Don't forget to take a day trip to Olympic National Park, which sits just north of Salish Cliffs!

Climate: Mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Always be prepared for a chance of rain (we're talking about the PNW here... I mean ALWAYS). 

Outfit Ideas:

  • Men: A moisture-wicking mens polo, waterproof golf pants, and a lightweight rain jacket. A cap or hat for sun protection.
  • Women: A sleeveless golf shirt with a skort, and a waterproof jacket. A visor and sunglasses for sunny days. 
  • Kids: Breathable polo shirts, comfortable shorts (or skorts for girls), and a waterproof windbreaker. A baseball cap for sun protection.
  • Toddlers/Infants: Soft, moisture-wicking and sun-protecting t-shirts or polo shirts, stretchy pants, and a lightweight jacket. A sun hat and extra layers for cooler weather.

Bandon Crossings Golf Course (Bandon, Oregon)

Often overshadowed by its famous neighbor, Bandon Dunes, Bandon Crossings offers a less crowded but equally enjoyable experience. The course features rolling terrain, natural wetlands, and stunning coastal views. While certainly still on the more popular end, I couldn't write a piece on PNW golf courses without mentioning Bandon - it's a truly surreal place to spend time. Plus, you can hit the sand dunes, the beach, or a forest hike while in the area. So much room to play! If you find yourself in North Bend (not too far north of Bandon) and enjoy Mexican food, do yourself a favor and stop at La Herradura!

Climate: Cool and mild year-round with frequent coastal fog and breezes. Layers are essential.

Outfit Ideas:

  • Men: A long-sleeve polo, layered with a vest, and golf pants. A windbreaker for breezy conditions.
  • Women: A long-sleeve top, golf pants, and a light, wind-resistant jacket. A wide-brimmed hat to protect against the sun (or the rain.. remember: PNW).
  • Kids: Long-sleeve shirts, comfortable pants, and a windproof jacket. A cap or beanie for cooler days.
  • Toddlers/Infants: Layered clothing with long-sleeve t-shirts, leggings or bloomers, and a cozy jacket. A soft hat and mittens for added warmth.

Wine Valley Golf Club (Walla Walla, Washington)

Located in the heart of Washington’s wine country, Wine Valley Golf Club offers a unique and serene golfing experience. The open, links-style layout is both challenging and picturesque, perfect for a relaxing family day out. Take a day off from golfing and do a wine tour, head West for a scenic drive along the Columbia River, or check out one of the many historic sites and museums in the area with the kids.

Climate: Hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Sun protection is crucial during the summer months, and peak heat is typically in the late afternoon.

Outfit Ideas:

  • Men: A light-colored polo, shorts, and a sun hat. Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must.
  • Women: A breathable mommy and me dress, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. A light cardigan for cooler mornings.
  • Kids: Cool, breathable t-shirts paired with shorts or a skort, a golf dress (matched with Mom of course) and a wide-brimmed hat. Sunglasses and sunscreen for sun protection.
  • Toddlers/Infants: Lightweight rompers or toddler playsets, a sun hat, and soft sunglasses. A lightweight blanket for added sun protection if needed.

Chambers Bay (University Place, Washington)

Famous for hosting the 2015 U.S. Open, Chambers Bay is a stunning links-style course along the Puget Sound that certainly isn't considered "hidden" or "underrated" if you're familiar with golf. While it's well-known in golfing circles, it’s a great family destination with spectacular views and challenging play. With large sand dunes, views over the water, and a delicious restaurant, this option will leave you with feelings of peace and serenity.

Climate: Mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Always be ready for a change in weather (again... PNW rain comes unexpectedly - never fully trust your weather app).

Outfit Ideas:

  • Men: A polo shirt, golf shorts or pants, and a light rain jacket. A cap for sun or rain.
  • Women: A sleeveless golf top with a skort, and a waterproof jacket. A visor and lightweight scarf.
  • Kids: Girls and boys polo shirts, shorts, or lightweight pants, and a raincoat. A baseball cap for variable weather.
  • Toddlers/Infants: Soft, comfortable t-shirts with stretchy pants (or a stretchy sweat wicking onesie) and a rain jacket. A sun hat and extra layers for varying temperatures.

Palouse Ridge Golf Club (Pullman, Washington)

Located on the campus of Washington State University, Palouse Ridge Golf Club offers rolling hills, native grasses, and beautiful views of the Palouse region. It’s a great spot for a family golf trip with a unique collegiate atmosphere. Maybe some family vacations out here will make your kids fall in love with the area and become a top. college choice for them? Who knows! While I've never been, this club is one that my dear aunt recommended to me - along with the recommendation to go to Palouse, WA to see rolling hills of silk and beautiful landforms in the fall. Specifically, I was told to go in the fall and drive from Palouse south, which just so happens to lead to Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman. BRB, planning a trip now!

Climate: Warm, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. Dressing in layers is important for comfort.

Outfit Ideas: align with the classic warm, dry summer recommendations made above!

Exploring these underrated golf courses in the Pacific Northwest offers families not only a chance to enjoy great golfing but also to experience the natural beauty and diverse climates of the region. Whether you’re planning a family adventure, a relaxing vacation, or a casual day out, these gems are perfect additions to your golfing itinerary -  a great way to mix in a relaxing golf day and some exercise while discovering the other-wordly beauty that the Pacific Northwest holds.

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