Opened in 1923 and set on 125 acres, the Seaside Golf Club 9-hole public golf course was designed by the celebrity of his day, Chandler Egan. Egan was a 1904 summer games Olympic gold-medal winner in golf. In addition to the Seaside Golf Course, he designed award-winning golf courses from Pebble Beach to Seattle.
On opening day, Oregon’s state champion Clare Griswold and Rudolph Wilhelm, both of the Portland Golf Club, defeated O.F. Willing of Waverly Country Club and John Rebstock of Portland “1-up.”
“Some very good golf was played,” reported the July 5, 1923, Seaside Signal, “with four birdies negotiated and a number of holes brilliantly played.”
Charlie Cartwright II bought the course in 1931. Cartwright was the grandson of Charles Morrison Cartwright, one of the “pioneers of 1853,” a state legislator and namesake for Seaside’s Cartwright Park. He maintained the golf course and built the Par-Tee Room and Lounge extension in 1954.
Charlie sold Seaside Golf Course to Fred Fulmer Jr. in 1971. Fulmer's family took over the business and daughter Vickie sold the course to long-time local residents Phil Warmbrodt and Cassie Sweeny in 2016.
Like others who grew up in the 1950s and ’60s Seaside, Phil and Cassie had fond memories of the Seaside Golf Course and its famed restaurant, the Par-Tee Dining Room.
According to Phil, the three premier dinner houses in the 1950s and 1960s were the Par-Tee Room, the Crab Broiler, and Harrah’s downtown." They had weddings, receptions, prom dinners — the Seaside Golf Course was the spot!”
“Our goal was to revive the course because it had gone downhill in the last 10 years. Our first two weeks we did nothing but clean. You should see the difference!"
Cassie's revived the breakfast and lunch business, open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the restaurant with the bar open until 8 p.m. in the winter and 9 p.m. in the summer. “We expanded the bar with more seating, and patio with outside seating. We have a big clientele for Sunday brunch.”
Phil and Cassie are both Seaside High School grads. They both love golf and take golf vacations when they can.
But what they really want to share is the rich history of the Seaside Golf Course and its property.
“We want to make it alive again. For people to enjoy it. To make it hopping!”
This is a perfect beach golf course, not overpriced. Pretty easy to score well just as it should be for a fun time at the beach. I love the smaller greens that make it challenging. The new management and owners have done well remodeling the clubhouse. The kitchen crew and staff are remarkable and the waitresses in the restaurant and bartenders in the lounge are friendly and informative. Only 9 holes feel free to go around twice, it gets better!
Staff goes the extra mile. I have played this course twice, once in the winter and just this last Saturday. Both times I have visited, the staff has been incredibly friendly. There are many nice golf courses, but very few have a wonderful staff. A bit sarcastic which I enjoy. One of the staff helped me figure out how far I drove the ball on hole 7. It was the longest for me by 90 yards. This man wrote me a note, and taped a dollar on it for my good shot. Who does that? Playing here is a must, the course is nice and the staff feel like family. I would make the drive from Portland to play here just for the day.
The course is under new ownership. The new owner is very involved in course maintenance. The greens and fairways are the best I have ever seen them. The club house has been remodeled, has a new menu, and the bar is turning into a place where locals come to have a beer or three because of the selection and prices. Good place to get a drink, burger or sandwich when the downtown restaurants are filled with tourists.
Fun, Fun, Fun! We play Manzanita and Highland's a lot and this Seaside course is just a lot of fun for us! The course is spacious and the carts are a lot of fun to drive around here while you play. There is a small putting green where you can practice before you play. This course is one of my favorites in the area and I usually do pretty well on it! :)
Great little course. This is one of the nicest executive courses on the coast. No need to keep score if you want. The greens were soft. Fairways were clean. Good food and beverages. Keep it up.
Great day of golf! Seaside Golf Course is not like the course I'm used to playing in King City, but it is a lot of fun!!! My husband calls it a "links" course....and it is rustic. There are no tee times....as we were told....we play golf on our time, not theirs! Nice!! We play this course every chance we get when we're in Seaside.