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Whether you are strictly a spectator, or you love getting in on the sporting action, you’ll find a plethora of sports and sporting activities to excite you in Oregon.
If you are a fan of NBA action, a visit to Portland’s Moda Center is a must. Here, you can see the Portland Trail Blazers on their home court. Experience the crowd’s excitement from opening tip to the final buzzer. The International Basketball League is also represented here in the games of the Portland Chinooks. Portland State University is home to The Vikings, the men’s NCAA Division I basketball team. If your travels take you to Eugene, attend the men’s or women’s Oregon Ducks PAC-12 games at The Matthew Knight Arena. The Oregon State Beavers, also representing the PAC-12, play in Gill Coliseum.
Portland State University Vikings bring football action to the city. The Vikings are part of the Big Sky Conference, and you always know when it is game day in Portland. Of course, if you follow the PAC-12, you probably already know that Eugene comes alive on Saturdays in the fall when the Oregon Ducks take the field at Autzen Stadium. Their arch rivals are the Oregon State Beavers, who play out of Reser Stadium in Corvallis.
While there are no major league teams currently in the state, baseball fans still have plenty to entertain them. The Portland Pickles play at Walker Stadium and are part of the Great West League. The Hillsboro Hops, the farm team for the Arizona Diamondbacks, play on Ron Tonkin Field as part of the Class A Short Season minor leagues. You can also see the Pilots play at the University of Portland, Oregon State Beavers baseball and Oregon Ducks baseball.
The Portland Timbers, part of the MLS, play at Providence Park. Be sure to get tickets to matches early, as this team routinely sells out their stadium. The United Soccer League is represented here with The Portland Timbers 2 (T2), as is the Premier Development League by The Portland Timbers U23s. The Portland Thorns FC, part of the National Women’s Soccer League, was formed in 2012 and has already won two championships.
Watch the Portland Winterhawks take the ice as members of the Western Hockey League. They have won numerous league championships and split their home ice between the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
There are more than 200 challenging golf courses that dot the Oregon landscape. Many of them were designed by golf legends, and all benefit from the scenic beauty that comes naturally to Oregon. Among those courses, there are seven referred to as the “7 Gems of Oregon.”
For ocean lovers, the Bandon Dunes Golf Course is a great place to start. This “Gem” is set high above the Pacific with many of the holes enjoying views that might just distract your opponent. The course was designed by David McLay Kidd and features varying elements, like the coast's gusty winds, to add to the challenge of the course.
Wildhorse Resort Golf Course in Pendleton, features terrific views, manicured greens and legendary white sand bunkers. It blends American resort style with Scottish-style links and is considered among the best “Casino Courses” in the country.
Pronghorn Golf Resort in Bend, Oregon was designed by golf great Jack Nicklaus. The course sprawls over high desert terrain, but it also enjoys stunning views of the nearby Cascade Mountains. It’s a par-72, 18-hole course you won’t soon forget.
Meadow Lake Golf Course, in Prineville, Central Oregon, is considered a player-friendly course with generous greens. It also features some vexing water hazards and has routinely won awards for being among Oregon’s “best golf values.”
The Courses at The Resort at the Mountains in Welches, sits in the shadows of the towering Mt. Hood, near the Salmon River. It was Oregon’s first golf resort, and it has plenty of additional activities for families to enjoy, including a regulation croquet court.
The Running Y Ranch Resort course enjoys views of Upper Klamath Lake and wide-open spaces. It’s a mountain golf resort in Klamath Falls that is the state’s only course designed by legendary Arnold Palmer. It combines the charm of the wetlands on the front nine and a woodlands-style on the back.
The Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River requires skill, accuracy and strategy – particularly when it comes to avoiding the water on 11 of its holes. It’s a finesse course with some incredible views of the Columbia.
Track and Field
If you love watching track and field events, a trip to Hayward Field in Eugene should be added to your itinerary. It has been home to Olympic Trials, collegiate events, community races and the annual Prefontaine Classic (an Oregon Track Club event). With all the action, history-making and currently scheduled, it is no wonder that it earned the nickname “Track Town, USA.”
Dirt Track Racing
While dirt track racing is a popular event throughout the state, there is something special about a Saturday night race at Banks Sunset Speedway. Races are held here from April through September, and you’ll love the excitement of hearing the stock car engines rev as the drivers wait for the green flag. Make no mistake, the dirt will fly – and that is just the way the crowds have liked it for more than 25 years.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Naturally, Oregon yields itself to some incredible outdoor winter sports, as well. Skiing, snowboarding and even snowshoeing are popular pastimes. Go sledding, snowmobiling, or skiing through the Umatilla National Forest near Pendleton or Alpine skiing in Spout Springs or Ski Bluewood. For anyone in Hood River as the snow begins to fly, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area will beckon. Central Oregon’s Mount Bachelor Ski Area, the largest in the state, in the Deschutes National Forest is popular, as are the runs on Mt. Baker. Wherever you roam, you are sure to find challenging runs and loads of family-friendly activities.