Old MacDonald – Played 2015
- Rankings: Golf Digest #49, Golf Digest Public #12, Golf Magazine #45, Golf Magazine Public #9
- Location: 57744 Round Lake Road, Bandon, Oregon
- Year: 2010
- Architect: Tom Doak & Jim Urbina
- Course Access: Resort
- Walking Rules: Walking Only, Caddies Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 6,944 yards, Par 71, 74.4 Rating/131 Slope
- Green: 6,320 yards, Par 71, 71.6 Rating/125 Slope
- Gold: 5,658 yards, Par 71, 68.0 Rating/116 Slope
- Royal Blue: 4,258 yards, Par 71, 62.5 Rating/101 Slope
- Orange: 4,985 yards, Par 71, 65.2 Rating/104 Slope
The Bandon Dunes experience was to be a part of my birthday present. I got seven rounds in on this ten day trip! Not too bad and the wife was a trooper for keeping herself occupied while I played! This was especially impressive in Bandon where there is not a ton of options if you aren’t playing golf.
We took a beautiful drive down to Bandon after spending a few days in Seattle. The scenery was very picturesque on the ride down. While it is about seven hours, it was really enjoyable and helped build the anticipation.
I cannot really put into words how excited I was to get to the resort. I didn’t hit balls once the whole time I was there because I was so jacked to play. The first course would be Old MacDonald. The way it worked out I would be starting the golf with the newest course on the property. I was lucky enough to get paired with a very friendly father-son twosome from California. Gary, the father, had been to Bandon before and helped out with strategy on the course.
While I didn’t hit any balls, I did putt and chip. You can see the practice green below. It is absolutely humongous. It was a good preview for the green size we would face on the actual course.
Hole 1 – 304 yards – Par 4 – Double Plateau
The first hole eases you into the round. The first bunker is not in play unless you really mishit your tee shot. Depending on the wind you can hit long iron to driver here.
This is a short hole if the wind is not in your face. I hit my 200 yard club with the wind whipping at us. The bunkers are really deep. You want no part of the pot bunker on the right.
The third features the famous ghost tree. This thing was pretty cool and served as a good aiming aid.
The tee shots at Old Mac are not terribly challenging because there is so much room out there. The wind was with us here so the strategy is just to pipe one down the middle.
I found some of these photos lacked definition due to the surroundings. I liked that for the simple fact that it gave a good view of what it was like to play shots here. I love wind at my back. I had two less clubs into this hole than I otherwise would have.
This may be a short shot, but any misses will be punished. A solid shot to the middle of the green is a good play here.
Wide open here, pound the driver.
We turned back into the wind for this one. I wouldn’t hit driver here with no wind, but I hit it here and still had a lot left. This wind was something with which I am not familiar.
Before we get to the hole, here is the view from the comfort station. This is pretty stunning.
This cape hole doesn’t play around a big water hazard, but there is trouble to skirt. There is plenty of room left. A straight shot or power fade will set you up well here.
The second shot plays over a few bunkers. We had the wind with us and I hit pitching wedge from 155 yards. I know I usually don’t give this many yardages, but I thought it was interesting to show what the wind does out here. You can see the red flag in the distance.
This hole will vary greatly depending on the wind. We played it downwind and I only had 95 yards left. I do not hit the ball that far, but the combination of wind and firm fairways got me one well over 300.
At Old Mac the wind giveth and the wind taketh! I hit a poor drive here and had 215 left into the wind. I hit my three wood solid and it was still short. The further right you go the shorter you will have left.
Here is the modern take on the famous Redan hole. There is plenty of sand trouble in front of this green. Luckily we had the wind behind us again making this play about 3 clubs shorter than the yardage.
This is a short hole that doesn’t require driver depending on the wind. A good line is at the white specks (caddies) in the distance.
A great risk/reward hole here. There are plenty of bunkers waiting to catch a poorly struck shot. The conservative play is something 200 yards down the middle.
This hole goes back towards the ocean. A good line is over the left edge of the bunker immediately in front of the tee. It plays uphill all the way.
You can see the red flag in the center of the photo. You can run a shot up onto this green which plays right into hitting a wood from down in the valley. The bunker just in front and to the right is very deep.
This hole’s name will make sense in a bit. The tee shot is simple on this one. Pull out the big dog and smoke one.
This is the only hole where I felt pressure on shots. If you hit it way left you can lose one. Putting that aside, the play is putting one out there just left of the cluster of bunkers.
The last hole features another massive fairway. You can hit it almost anywhere here.
This was a wonderful introduction to Bandon Dunes. I played some fantastic playing partners and the weather couldn’t have been better. I even loved the whipping wind. You might as well get the experience when you come out here. I will take wind over rain any day of the week.
After the round it was off to the Tufted Puffin for dinner. My wife had one of the best meals of her life here (she got the duck). I felt like a good cheeseburger and boy did they deliver. The restaurant overlooks some of the holes on Bandon Dunes and it was a cool setting to reflect on the round and get some grub.