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Golf Today Northwest - - Golf -

As the old­est course in the western United States, Gearhart Golf Links was not sim­ply present at the cre­ation of Amer­i­can golf, it par­tic­i­pated in golf’s trans­for­ma­tion from a cu­ri­ous hobby for a hand­ful of en­thu­si­asts to a pas­time en­joyed by mil­lions. Formed by waves and wind, the dunes cor­ru­gate across the sur­face, es­tab­lish­ing mounds and swales per­fect for a golf ball’s rolls and bounces. As with most early links, Gearhart was not so much de­signed as it was de­tected, with patches of green in low-ly­ing ar­eas des­ig­nated as putting sur­faces, and tees placed ac­cord­ingly. Gearhart is rough­hewn, or­ganic, and charm­ing, nes­tled in the dunes be­tween Ore­gon’s Coast Range and the Pa­cific Ocean.

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