Situated on the Oregon coast, one mile north of Florence, Sandpines Golf Links is a Rees Jones design that was first unveiled in 1993.
The front nine holes are carved from a pine forest, with the back nine routed around a links-like landscape of low-lying sand dunes.
The club is currently in the process of changing its name from Sandpines to Florence Golf Links.
I feel sorry for the golf courses in Southwestern Oregon as all of them are overshadowed by the Bandon resort. Certainly when you have 4 world-class golf courses next door, any other course will pale in comparison but you would be remiss on missing out on this course when in the area.
The front 9 wends its way through the pine trees and the conditioning was top notch. Bonus points for the trees cutting down on the wind as this area of Oregon can get very windy at times and allows the golfer the chance to warm up for a bit until hitting the back 9.
The back 9 is simply a blast to play. Blind shots, whipping winds, crazy mounding, the back 9 will give you everything you want and then some from a course. The last few holes wend their way around a lake culminating in one of the toughest 18th holes I have played in a while.
Did Rees Jones probably wear out the tread on a bulldozer creating some of the holes on the back 9? Undoubtedly and while those types of courses are generally my least favorites to play, for whatever reason it works at Sandpines. This course was named the best new course in 1993 and has aged well and I highly recommend you checking it out when in Oregon.