Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – Bandon Dunes coursewww.bandondunesgolf.com
"Probably the finest land made available for a golf course in America since Alistair Mackenzie was shown the site for Cypress Point Club on Monterey Peninsula..."
Bandon Dunes is true to the spirit of Scotland’s ancient links. Here, players immerse themselves in the traditions of a timeless game and the grandeur of Oregon’s rugged coast. Sweeping, untamed shores stretch for miles. Primeval grassy dunes roll to the sea. Four distinctly different courses have been conceived in harmony with the natural environment. They combine with all the essential elements to reveal a new golf experience every time you play. The soul of the game resides here. Players walk. And at the end of the day, gracious hospitality comforts each guest like a warm, friendly embrace. This is Bandon Dunes. This is golf as it was meant to be.
It began in 1999 with the opening of Bandon Dunes. Designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd, the course is perched on a bluff high above the Pacific Ocean. Bandon Dunes unfolds along pristine native dunes where expansive ocean views are revealed on nearly every hole. The course is completely natural and routed through an environment of indigenous vegetation. Beyond breathtaking scenery lies the game of golf in its truest form. This is a thinker's course. Winds are ever-present, and the varying elements create a new experience each time you play.
Location: Bandon, Oregon, USA
Year founded: 1999
Courses: Bandon Dunes (6732 yards), Pacific Dunes (6633 yards), Bandon Trails (6765 yards), Old Macdonald (6978 yards)
Architect: Bandon Dunes: David McLay Kidd (1999) & Pacific Dunes: Tom Doak (2001)
Hole #15 - 163 yards par 3
Favor the left side of this green, as the deepest bunker on the course lurks on the right and the bank on the left will feed all shots toward the center of the green.
Hole #16 - 363 yards par 4
With the prevailing wind at your back, it is much easier to carry your drive onto the top fairway than it looks. The approach shot from the upper fairway is much shorter and provides a good look at the green. Do not attack the right hand hole locations, as the gorge is much closer than it appears from the fairway.
Course played: Bandon Dunes
Date played: 31st October, 2011