Here at Guaranty RV, we think that golf and RVing are just about perfect companions. The golf-RV lifestyle has become increasingly popular over the last decade, so much so that now you can find magazines like RVGolfer, websites like GolfandRV.com, and clubs like the RV Golf Club all within easy reach of a Google search. We’re also seeing more and more RV-golf resorts cropping up across the U.S. and Canada. The best of these offer everything you need for full family entertainment, including excellent RV sites and golf courses, activities and tours, swimming pools and playgrounds, local shopping and sightseeing, hiking and beachcombing.
In this two-part blog, we’re going to look at online resources that will make your golf-RV lifestyle all the better, and we’re going to tell you about some of the best RV golfing opportunities here in our home state, from the “Seven Gems” to Oregon’s premier RV golf resorts.
Online Magazines, Reviews and More
If you’re looking for a golf course near where you’re traveling, or an RV park near where you’re golfing, one good online resources is GolfandRV.com. Their whole purpose in life is to bring “together the great worlds of golf and camping” in order to make it easier for RVers to find the best courses and the best RV sites. We think that’s a great passion!
We’re big fans of RV Life Magazine as well, which offers general info, tech tips, and more for RVers. And they now have a section for the RV Golfer! Whether you want information about great courses, RV golf destinations, gifts for golfers, book recommendations or practically anything else RV and golf related, this is the place to go.
Also, take a look at sites like Motorhome.com when they do RV park reviews. This is a great resource to find the top rated golf-RV resorts of the year.
As you search online, you’ll find that because the golf-RV lifestyle has become so popular, golfing resources like Golf West are including more and more information about RVing, including Snowbird golf lists.
Online Resources to Find the Best Golf-RV Resorts
If you’re interested in exploring golf-RV resorts, you can head back to GolfandRV.com for recommendations. Since you can search their listings by state, it’s easy to map out your next golfing RV road trip. They don’t feature every golf RV resort in the country yet, but they have some of the best and they encourage RVers to submit a listing, so if you’re somewhere wonderful, this is a great resource to share your find with others.
Also check out Golf.com to see their choices for The Best RV Golf Resorts in the U.S. and Canada.
And finally, most states now have excellent online resources for visitors, and that includes RVers and golfers. For instance, if you search Travel Oregon for “golf”, you’ll find a comprehensive listing that includes resorts with RV parking.
Oregon’s Seven Gems
Oregon has nearly 200 public golf courses and attracts RVing golfers from all over North America. But there are a few golf courses that are so wonderful, they’ve been dubbed the “ 7 Gems of Oregon.” And several of them also happen to be handily near some great RV parks.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is regularly ranked among the top golf resorts in the world. It is home to four world-class courses, plus a 13-hole par three track and an 18-hole putting course. Although there isn’t RV parking at the resort itself, it is close to one of our nicest state parks: Bullards Beach State Park, which has about 100 full-hookup sites, more than 82 electrical sites with water, an RV dump station, universal access and more.
A couple weeks ago, we wrote a blog about the Historic Columbia River Highway and the great RV camping options along the Columbia River Gorge. If you’re considering a road trip to join in the Centennial Birthday Celebration of this scenic highway, and you’re a golf-RV lifestyle enthusiast, be sure to take in the Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River. This course has a reputation as one of the finest greens in the Northwest, and it requires a certain amount of finesse, because eleven of the holes have water in play. Plus, you get amazing views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams to the north.
If you’re heading to Eastern Oregon, a stop at the Wildhorse Golf Course (at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino) in Pendleton is a must. This is an inland links-style course that rolls along several lakes that are as much appreciated by birders as they are by golfers. The RV park is located between the casino and the golf course, so you’ll be centrally located to all the fun! They have full-hookup sites, a heated outdoor swimming pool and spa, showers, a laundry room, free shuttle services and Wifi.
These are just three of our favorites courses among the Seven Gems. If you’re an RV golfer, we encourage you to put your clubs in the RV and head out on a “Seven Gems of Oregon Road Trip!” It’s a great way to see our beautiful state.
We’re going to continue talking about the golf-RV lifestyle next week, when we take a look at some of Oregon’s premier RV-golf resorts. In the meantime, if you have any questions or you’re looking for that perfect RV for your golf-RV life, give us a call.
For more golf ideas check out part 2 of our blog.
Photo: Krzysztof Urbanowicz