Course manager OB Sports has announced the change of Oregon seaside course Sandpines Golf Links’ name to Florence Golf Links. The name change honors the course’s host city of Florence, and kicks off its second quarter-century of play. Designed by noted architect Rees Jones, Sandpines/Florence won a Golf Digest “Best New Public Course in America” award following its opening in 1993.
OB Sports Golf Management has announced that Sandpines Golf Links officially changed its name to Florence Golf Links, effective May 25th, 2018. Celebrating its 25th year of serving the Northwest golf community, Florence Golf Links kicks off its next quarter- century with a new ownership group.
“We are very happy to be located in such an amazing community like Florence, and we think it makes great sense to have our city’s name reflected in the name of the golf course,” said General Manager Rick Reed. “We are confident that guests will quickly recognize that the changes seen at the club are not in name alone. Clubhouse and course improvements are already under way, which will ultimately strengthen the property and the experience for both the local and regional players.”
Located on the Central Oregon coastline, 60 miles west of Eugene and 70 miles north of Bandon, Florence Golf Links opened in 1993 to much fanfare, earning Golf Digest’s “Best New Public Course in America.” Designed by renowned architect Rees Jones, the par 72 layout plays up to 6,931 yards from the back tees, and is a true test of the game to golfers of all levels. The sand-base golf course allows for excellent year-round conditions.
The layout features six holes played through the coastal pines, six holes with water features and six holes over grass-covered dunes. Collectively, both nines incorporate the Central Oregon Coast. The outward nine is sculpted out of a forest of towering pines and majestic crystal blue lakes reminiscent of those found on the Monterey Peninsula. The inward nine has a traditional Links style, with rolling dunes from tee to green.
Local golf associations have also enjoyed and used the course, hosting their respective championships like the Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s 32nd annual Men’s Mid-Amateur in 2016, and the PNGA Boys and Girls Junior Championships in 2017. The property also arranges with six local hotels to offer an array of Stay & Play packages, giving it the ability to host any event from across the country.