57744 Round Lake Drive,
Bandon, Oregon 97411
18 holes. Oceanside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
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.
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.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Pacific Dunes course): Pacific Dunes is a must for golfers who enjoy the natural rugged splendour of "pure links golf". Here the clock is turned back to before the days of sharp-edged sod-faced bunkers, which are now the norm on Britain and Ireland's top links courses. Pacific Dunes takes you to an era when the beauty of a golf course was embodied in its coastal setting, rustic appearance and rough-hewn features.
From first to last on Pacific Dunes, large irregular-looking bunkers and towering dunes create a high intimidation factor from the tee and around the greens. The hazards (all of the sand variety) resemble natural "scrapes" and "excavations", rather than smooth-lined creations. Flanked by all this natural bunkering, the wide rolling fairways are routed as they were found, creating a timeless golfing landscape. The deceptively fast-paced greens and large slick green surrounds were also mapped onto the terrain's natural contours, without conforming to any specific size or shape.
On this out-and-back layout, one of the show stealers is the short par-3 11th. Hugging the shoreline, as does the par-4 4th and par-4 13th, this wee-demon of a hole, with its cavernous front bunker, is a paragon of rugged beauty. The huge exposed dune at the par-4 13th creates another memorable hole on this fabulous "retro" links course.
If you are not overlooking the ocean, you are probably playing Pacific Dunes' closing four-hole stretch. Here the views are onto another Bandon sibling, the Old Macdonald course. When the wind blows, as it has a habit of doing, don't forget the auld Scottish maxim, "when it's breezy, swing eezy!"
Stay&Play at Bandon Dunes: onsite accommodation is available at Bandon Dunes in a variety of luxury lodges, inns and cottages (see Where2Stay section below).
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance (maximum of 21 days in advance if not staying in Bandon Dunes' accommodations).
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
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.
Excellent - as good as they get.
The first "Mike Keiser" course, Bandon Dunes (1999) was joined in time by its siblings Pacific Dunes (2001), Bandon Trails (2005), Old Macdonald (2010) and the 13-hole par-3 Bandon Preserve (2012). A "retro-links" golf boom followed the success of Bandon Dunes, with the addition of world renowned courses such as Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand, Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm in Tasmania, Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs in Canada, and Washington state's Chambers Bay.
Pacific Dunes course:
World: 24th best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
USA: 17th best course and 2nd best public course in the USA.
State: No.1 course in Oregon (Golf Digest, 2019/20).
57744 Round Lake Drive, Bandon, OR 97411.
+1 (541) 347 4380Visit website
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.
Bandon Dunes; Bandon Trails; Pacific Dunes; Old Macdonald & Bandon Preserve (par-3 course).
355 Hwy 101, Bandon, OR 97411
+1 (541) 347 4417Visit website
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