Need another reason to plan a golfing getaway at The Resort at Eagle Point? Southern Oregon is filled with amazing destinations and fun things to do. Our staff enjoys helping guests plan memorable Stay-and-Play vacations featuring world-class golfing at the Eagle Point Golf Club. Many of our guests enjoy spending a day exploring the Southern Oregon Coast in Bandon, a beautiful coastal community located a three-hour drive from Eagle Point. Here are just a few ideas to plan a fun trip to Southern Oregon with a golfing vacation near Bandon, Oregon.
Bandon is one of the most popular coastal cities on the Oregon coast. You’ll recognize it from many photographs of the coast because it is well-known for its many beautiful rock formations that jut out of the beach and ocean. You may just discover the perfect backdrop for this year’s picture for your holiday cards.
Fun Activities in Bandon, Oregon
Explore the tide pools.
Have you ever taken a good look at the micro-world of sealife within a tide pool on the coast? Tide pools develop where the ocean covers rock formations in high tide, but leaves a little bit of seawater behind during low tide. On the Southern Oregon coast, you are likely to find sea urchins, crabs, starfish, and maybe even a baby octopus living happily in any of the many tidepools amongst the rock formations. The best time to visit tidepools is an hour before low tide. Make sure you keep an eye on the water and move inwards as the tide begins coming in.
Try fat tire biking.
Fat tire biking is popular on the flat, expansive beaches of Southern Oregon. The tires are made to work well over the soft sand, allowing the rider to enjoy a comfortable ride and explore more of the beach. You don’t need to own a bike, either. Fat tire bikes can be rented from shops in Bandon. The best time to ride is during low tide because it’s easiest to bike on the wet, compacted sand.
Visit Shore Acres State Park.
Shore Acres is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Oregon Coast. The site is the former home of Louis Simpson, who built a home on the site (the current Observation Building) as a gift for his wife in 1907. Today, you can enjoy a picnic and explore the extensive gardens filled with rhododendrons, roses, and other flowers at the top of the park (same level as the parking lot), or take a hike down to the beach below. The Formal Gardens are open from 8:00 AM until dusk daily. The hike down to Simpson Beach is a bit challenging, and you may need to stop and catch your breath along the way, but the view within the ocean cove is worth all the effort.
Explore the Coquille River Lighthouse
The Coquille River Lighthouse sits inside Bullard Beach State Park. The lighthouse is open to the public, so you can walk inside it and learn more about its story and the importance of lighthouses to the history of the Western USA. You’ll be impressed by the structure that towers a full 40 feet above the ground. Mariners relied on its light to help them cross the bar at the entrance of the Coquille River.