True links lovers will want to attend the annual Gearhart Golf Links Classic hosted by the Northwest Hickory Players. Famed for its 1890s design, Gearhart Golf Links is a favorite coastal track of golfers the world over.
We have plenty of rental sets available for players of all skill levels. It’s peak season on the coast in June, so please plan to attend.
There will be 4 divisions for competition–Open Championship, Senior (60 and over), Woman’s and a Super-Senior (over 70), with gross and net awards in all divisions. All divisions will play 18 holes medal play each day to determine a winner.
There will be an informal trade show Friday before the round, a dinner will follow the Friday round, and a Award Ceremony will follow play on Saturday. Play is scheduled for 1 pm on Friday and 9 am on Saturday. All days will be shotgun starts to facilitate social activities.
There is one major difference for 2020. The practice round is not included in the entry cost. Players are welcome to schedule their own practice round at $50 per person, any day leading up to the event. Contact the pro shop at 502-739-5037 and identify yourself as a player for the Gearhart Hickory Classic.
Changes anticipated for the Classic involves a reduction in the entry fee and a few other changes. Depending on conditions with the virus there will be restrictions of some activities during the time on the coast. There is no plan as of now to hold a “tournament dinner” which brings the entry fee down to $170. That does not include a practice round on the 9th—you are on your own for setting that up with the pro shop. Cost for that round is $50—make sure you tell them it is for the Hickory tournament to get the rate. Jason, there, indicates that there is an Morning event that day so most rounds will be available after lunch on the 9th. To enter, click on the RSVP button, fill it out and send it to Rob A. at the address listed. Merely change the cost to $170, include payment and we are good to go.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Some things may change as Oregon is currently seeing an increase in cases of Covid 19, so stay tuned for information.
Legend has it that Gearhart Golf Links began life in about 1888, starting out as three holes of true links-style golf amongst the seaside meadows that characterize the North Oregon coast — making Gearhart the oldest course in the northwest and arguably in the Western United States.
From its original three holes, Gearhart Golf Links has stayed true to its Scottish roots and offers a pleasurable round (now 18 holes) for all golfers. To this day, the course retains that classic links-style flavor, with a hint of traditional Northwest design features. It plays 6,429 yards from “The Stones” and 5,157 yards from the forward tees.
Golf itself boasts a long and mythical residency in Gearhart, appearing almost from the moment nails were being pounded into boards to build Gearhart’s first homes.
In 1891, before any formal golf course existed west of the Mississippi River, a clatch of homesick Scotsmen confounded the locals by burying tin cans into the dunes and then knocking balls with sticks until they dropped into the cans. For these Scots, the landscape at Gearhart was strongly reminiscent of the native, ancient courses of St. Andrews and Montrose.
2020 is a very special year for Gearhart Golf Links, as we celebrate 128 years of golf on the North Oregon Coast.
LODGING: PLEASE NOTE
Lodging for the Gearhart Hickory Classic is available from Gearhart by the Sea Resort. Gearhart Links has 13 buildings of condos of one or two bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, living room with fireplace, dining rooms and most have balconies for an outside space. Most are either on the golf course or very nearby. There are swimming pools available to guests and are approximately 300 yards from the ocean!
Tami Gandy, the resort lodging manager for Gearhart by the Sea, can be reached at [email protected].
Besides Gearhart by the Sea Resort, there is the on-course Gearhart Hotel (McMenamins) and a few Bed and Breakfast places in Gearhart and a full range of hotels at Seaside, Oregon, 3 miles to the south and at Astoria, Oregon, 14 miles to the north. Any of these places can be found by searching online.