Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Old Macdonald course)

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Old Macdonald course) Est. 2010

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Old Macdonald course): The fourth championship course at Bandon Dunes pays homage to golf course architect Charles Blair Macdonald, regarded as "the Father of American golf architecture". Many of the design features that Macdonald might have deployed, have been crafted into Tom Doak and Jim Urbina's design for this very natural "retro" links layout.

"Charlie" Macdonald's formative years as a golfer were spent in St Andrews in Scotland. Under the tutelage of Old Tom Morris he fashioned his swing, while also grasping the fundamentals of great golf course design. As with the famous links of the "auld grey toon", the Old Macdonald layout incorporates vast greens, myriad angles of play, and deep fierce bunkers. There's a couple of blind drives to make, and two wonderful clifftop greens at the fabulous par-4 7th and par-5 15th. You may find some of the ultra-wide fairways and huge slick green surrounds a bit too exaggerated, but holes of this ilk most certainly do exist on the coastal courses of Britain and Ireland.

On a slightly flatter and less dune-filled landscape than its siblings enjoy, Old Macdonald gets much of its definition from prolific bunkering and expansive sandy waste areas. Fescue grasses and gorse bushes do the rest. The huge seriously undulating greens, vast green surrounds and generous tee-boxes almost blend into each other, with grass lengths differentiated in microns rather than fractions of an inch. But don't think these playing areas are flat. There's as many bumps, dips, hollows and swales as you can shake a stick at.

In Old Macdonald you'll find a golf course that stands alongside the USA's best seaside courses. It's different and it's fun to play. Like the new Castle Course at St Andrews, it may not be to everyone's taste, but it's certainly a course that you need to play and then make up your own mind.

Stay & Play: on-site accommodation is available at Bandon Dunes in a variety of luxury lodges, inns and cottages (see Where2Stay section below).

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Making Contact

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
57744 Round Lake Drive,
Bandon, Oregon 97411
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Office   +1 (541) 347 4380
Pro Shop   +1 (888) 345 6008

  +1 (541) 347 8161

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Golf Pro
Grant Rogers (Director of Instruction, Bandon Dunes)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Oceanside links.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Coastal duneland, and woodland bordering a few holes.
Designer: Tom Doak & Jim Urbina
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6944 5658 4985
Par 71 71 71
SSS or Slope 74.1 68.2 70.4
At the Same Location:
The resort's 18-hole golf courses are: Bandon Dunes (par-72, 6732 yds from back tees); Bandon Trails (par-71, 6765 yds); Pacific Dunes (par-71, 6633 yds); Old Macdonald (par-71, 6944 yds). In addition the resort includes the 13-hole Bandon Preserve short course (par-49, 1468 yds from back tees); a wonderful collection of links-style par-3 holes crafted by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw.
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How2Get There?

6 mi N of Bandon.
5 miles north of Bandon town, off Hwy 101. Look out for the Resort indicator tower on the west side of the Highway.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2017 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (July thru' Sept): $325 (all days). June & Oct $295. [Contact club for full details, resort guest rates, discounts, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance (maximum of 21 days in advance if not staying in Bandon Dunes' accommodations).
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. All Bandon Dunes courses are walking-only. Ricksha (pull-trolleys) are available if a caddie is not used.

Caddies readily available and used by most players; caddie fee and tip is paid directly to the caddie. Caddies should generally be booked in advance. Use of a caddie is not compulsory.

Practice facilities
Excellent - as good as they get.
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Did you know?

Charles Blair Macdonald (1855-1939), the "Father of American Golf Architecture" and first U.S. Amateur Champion, was born in Ontario to naturalised American parents - a Scottish father and Canadian (part Mohawk) mother. Bandon's Old Macdonald course seeks to answer a simple question. What would "Charlie" Macdonald have created had this piece of the Oregon coast been available to him? Course architects Tom Doak and Jim Urbina were commissioned to create a layout incorporating many classic Macdonald design features. Old Macdonald is the result.

Other "coastal" courses originally designed by Macdonald include Shinnecock Hills (1901 redesign), National Golf Links of America (1908), Mid Ocean Club, Bermuda (1921) and Monterey Peninsula's Dunes course (1925). His most renowned inland designs include Chicago Golf Club (1892), the Old White course at The Greenbrier (1914) and Yale (1926).

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Published Ranking
2017/18 Golf Digest rating: 47th best course and 10th best public course in the USA; 3rd best course in Oregon.
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Latitude: (43.2020)
Longitude: (-124.3837)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort 4/5-star
57744 Round Lake Drive, Bandon, OR 97411.
+1 (541) 347 4380

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort offers several excellent quality accommodation options. Included among these are The Lodge and The Inn, as well as plenty of luxury condominiums.

Golf at this hotel Bandon Dunes; Bandon Trails; Pacific Dunes; Old Macdonald & Bandon Preserve (par-3 course).
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Golf within 5 miles No
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Golf within 20 miles Bandon Crossings
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Bandon Inn 
355 Hwy 101, Bandon, OR 97411
+1 (541) 347 4417

Located on a bluff, Bandon Inn overlooks Old Town Bandon as well as the marina, Coquille River and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Miles of stunning beaches and ocean breezes, panoramic views, beautiful sunsets and fine local dining all come together in this memorable seaside resort, which is home to some of the finest links golf in the USA.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Bandon Crossings (5.5 mi)
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Golf within 20 miles Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (4x18 hole courses)
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