Centennial Feature: Gearhart Golf Links

By Oregon Golf Association

Gearhart Golf Links - OverheadAs part of our ongoing series celebrating the centennial of the OGA, we turn our attention to Gearhart Golf Links—an historic gem nestled along the Oregon coast. Throughout its illustrious history, Gearhart has not only captured the hearts of golf enthusiasts but has also played a vital role in shaping the golfing landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

According to their course history, Gearhart Golf Links started out as three holes of true links-style golf in about 1888. Records show that Gearhart Golf Links was formally established in 1892, giving it the historical distinction as The Oldest Golf Course West of the Mississippi River. From its inception, Gearhart has been a beacon for golfers seeking a unique and challenging golfing experience amidst the natural beauty of the Oregon coast long before Bandon Dunes Golf Resort was developed.

The course itself reflects the classic design principles of its era, with undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and small, well-protected greens. Over the years, Gearhart Golf Links has undergone several renovations and updates to enhance its playability while preserving its historic charm. Despite these changes, the course retains its timeless appeal, captivating golfers with its character and beauty.

Gearhart Golf Links - Early YearsGearhart Golf Links holds a special place in the annals of Oregon golf history as it held the 1917 Oregon Amateur Championship, the first championship outside of Portland since the inaugural championship in 1904. In addition to its early role in hosting Amateur Championships, Gearhart Golf Links has a rich tradition of hosting prestigious tournaments and events. The course has welcomed golfers of all skill levels, from seasoned professionals to casual enthusiasts, who come to test their mettle against its challenging layout. Whether it's a friendly round with friends or a competitive tournament, Gearhart offers an unforgettable golfing experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who visit.

In recent years, Gearhart Golf Links has also embraced environmental stewardship initiatives, recognizing the importance of preserving the natural beauty of its coastal surroundings. The club has implemented sustainable practices to minimize its environmental impact, including water conservation measures and habitat restoration efforts. By embracing sustainability, Gearhart demonstrates its commitment to preserving the pristine beauty of the Oregon coast for future generations of golfers to enjoy.

As we celebrate the centennial of the Oregon Golf Association, Gearhart Golf Links stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of golf in the Pacific Northwest. With its rich history, breathtaking scenery, and commitment to excellence, Gearhart continues to inspire and captivate golfers from near and far. Through its contributions to the OGA and its dedication to environmental stewardship, Gearhart Golf Links ensures that its legacy will endure for generations to come.

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