W.When you go to the beach, golf may not be the first to think of, which has made Ocean Shores Golf Course so unique for over 60 years. Whether you’re a visitor to the area or a local with a membership, Ocean Shores’ only golf course is sure to offer both challenge and excitement for all ages.
The Ocean Shores Golf Course, which opened as a 6-hole course in 1964, was quickly expanded to 18-holes in 1967. The course is a par 71 and has a total length of 6,252 yards that meander near the ocean and along man-made canals. The first nine holes are nestled in the iconic forests for which the Pacific Northwest is best known. These tall trees provide shelter from the wind blowing from the ocean, but still present a challenge as a swing straight towards a log can quickly throw your ball off course.
The Back Nine of the Ocean Shores Golf Course is a fascinating contrast to the front, as the trees quickly disappear, exposing sand dunes and low-lying shrubbery. Outside the open fairway, the raised greens make for quick holes and fast play that requires precision and attention. The course is rounded off with a par 3 over the flowing canal. If you don’t want to play the full 18 holes, check out the driving range and putting greens for an ideal practice session before hitting the links. Although there is plenty of rain and wind in the coastal town of Ocean Shores, golfers of all skill levels will quickly fall in love with one of the most unique golf courses in the state.
Since the Ocean Shores golf course will be fondly remembered for many generations, Curt Zander was the owner and operator today and wanted to acquire the lease in 1993. After first joining Ocean Shores in 1980, Curt worked both on the golf course and other jobs before making the purchase. “Golf is my passion,” says Curt. “I have been a professional golf player since I was 18 years old and I was looking forward to taking on the lease agreement for visitors and locals so that I could continue to play for many years to come.”
Playing on the 18-hole Ocean Shores golf course is a quince experience that takes you near the ocean, through the woods, and across canals. Courtesy Photo: Ocean Shores Golf Course
As the golf course owner and operator, Curt works to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly while greatly appreciating being outside rather than stuck behind a desk. “I enjoy the people who play here and of course,” says Curt, “the sport of golf”.
Over the years, the Ocean Shores Golf Course has hosted numerous tournaments that quickly made the course famous. One of the first was founded in 1966 by Pat Boone, who hosted his Celebrity Golf Classic. For four years celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Joe Namath and Fred MacMurray came to play. In 1970 the course became a regular stop on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, where many rising stars began their careers. Prestigious events have also been held on the course, including the 1971 Northwest Open, 1990 Pacific Northwest Pro? Am, NFL Celebrity Classics and the 2007 PNGA Junior Girls’ Championship.
Over the years, Ocean Shores Golf Course has become known in the county for hosting fundraisers for local charities, nonprofits, and groups. Most recently, in early summer 2021, Curt was delighted to welcome around 100 players whose tournament will benefit youth athletics in Grays Harbor.
Head to the Ocean Shores Golf Course’s driving range to perfect your swing before hitting the links. Courtesy Photo: Ocean Shores Golf Course
“There’s a lot going on in town,” explains Curt, “and the membership is growing every month. I’ve lived here for 41 years now and then and have never seen such growth. It’s really great for the golf course and for the community too. ”As the membership continues to grow, Curt is happy to see a nice mix of local members and tourists all interacting and mingling with each other and a special place to play golf and to Create meetings of people from all over the world.
As the city continues to expand, the future of Ocean Shores Golf Course is as bright as the summer sun. Golf lessons are offered by professional golfer Kris Runge for those who are learning the game and who have their turn at the famous Ocean Shores Golf Course.
For more information, visit the Ocean Shores Golf Course website and follow them on Facebook.
The Ocean Shores Golf Course is open to both members and visitors. Courtesy Photo: Ocean Shores Golf Course