Bandon Dunes is a golfer's paradise.
Located in the Pacific Northwest, it is definitely on my list of places I have to play one day. The resort is in Bandon, Ore., and has been voted number one by Golf Digest Magazine. All of the courses are consistently ranked in national and state polls of best public golf courses.
Seventy-two holes of championship golf, a 13-hole par-3 course, a 100,000 square-foot putting course, a 50 acre practice center, multiple lodging and restaurant options, spa’s and much more await you at the Bandon Dunes Resort.
The vision of avid golfer and successful businessman Mike Kesier, the first course, Bandon Dunes, opened in 1999 to unprecedented reviews. Scotsman David McLay Kidd designed the links-style course on a bluff high above the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful ocean views are revealed on nearly every hole. The walking-only golf resort will enhance the true spirit of the game through the use of caddies. Caddies provide a unique experience that brings the traditions of the game to life. If your group plays multiple rounds at the resort, your caddies stay with your group throughout your stay. This allows your caddy to get to know you as well as your game tendencies to better help guide you during your rounds.
The second course opened in 2001. This Tom Doak design is named Pacific Dunes. Located just north of Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes offers a uniquely different take on links golf. With a stark difference in character and shot making, Pacific Dunes is short enough to give you some hope but rugged enough to test your every shot.
Bandon Trails was the third installment opening in 2005. The Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw design starts and finishes among massive Sand Dunes. The middle of the course works its way through open meadows and coastal forests. The Trails course is a perfect complement to the Dunes courses.
The fourth course, Old Macdonald, was designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina. It was inspired by courses designed by Charles Blair Macdonald, a favorite designer of Keiser. His favorite course, the National Golf Links on Long Island, was a Macdonald design and this course represents and honors the distinct work of the architect. Old Macdonald was opened in 2010 and makes for 72 holes of fantastic championship golf at the resort.
Complementing the four championship courses is Bandon Preserve. A 13-hole par-3 course perfect for practice, families, corporate outings and features spectacular views of its own. Opened in 2012, the Pacific Ocean provides a backdrop on every hole. What is really special is that all proceeds go to the Wild River Coast Alliance. This organization supports conservation, community and economy on the southern Oregon Coast.
Bandon also features a 50-acre practice area which has two full practice ranges: one allowing you to hit balls from the north, and the other from the south depending on the wind conditions. It has a one-acre practice green and two short-game areas for chip, pitch and bunker practice. Bandon also has the Punchbowl, a 100,000 square-foot putting course designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina. There is no cost to play the course which features 18 holes of varying lengths and design. The 18 holes can differ each day depending on how the course is set-up. It is located adjacent to the first tee at Pacific Dunes.