Bandon Dunes – Played 2015
- Rankings: Golf Digest #38, Golf Digest Public #6, Golf Magazine #34, Golf Magazine Public #8
- Location: 57744 Round Lake Road, Bandon, Oregon
- Year: 1999
- Architect: David McLay Kidd
- Course Access: Resort
- Walking Rules: Walking Only, Caddies Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 6,732 yards, Par 72, 74.1 Rating/143 Slope
- Green: 6,221 yards, Par 72, 71.4 Rating/133 Slope
- Gold: 5,716 yards, Par 72, 69.5 Rating/133 Slope
- Royal Blue: 3,945 yards, Par 72, 61.5 Rating/101 Slope
- Orange: 5,072 yards, Par 72, 66.6 Rating/126 Slope
It was up early for 36 on the second day of golf. I was randomly paired with the same father-son pair from the day before at Old Mac. Once again, we had a great time and enjoyed the course, weather, and round.
The second round of my Bandon jaunt was at the resort’s original course. Built in 1999 and designed by the Scotsman David McLay Kidd; Bandon Dunes was the perfect start to a links resort in the United States. It is situated high above the ocean and has plenty of strategy throughout. The wind is frequently a factor.
It must have been an interesting decision to build a course in this area. Mike Keiser definitely took a chance here. It was his vision and understanding of a great piece of land that spurred him on. There resort is not in the middle of nowhere, but it is close. The true quality of the golf courses is what brings the people in and the positive word of mouth keeps them coming.
That’s enough of the back story. Let’s get into the pictures. All distances are from the green tees. Below is a shot of the markers on the course.
Hole 1 – 352 yards – Par 4
The first shot eases you into the round. Depending on the wind you don’t need driver. The hole bends to the right.
While not very long, this shot plays over the heather. As long as you carry the bunker you will be in good shape.
This hole can be reachable in two. Like all the holes here it depends on the wind. You will want to avoid the gorse on the right. At this point, it seemed like I was playing in Scotland. Since I have not been yet, this was an awesome substitute.
This is one of the holes I had heard about before my trip. You won’t quite understand from the tee shot. I hit three wood here for accuracy. The hole doglegs right.
This can be a brute into the wind. You could carry the bumps in the middle of the fairway with the wind we had. You need to be careful with your lines here since there are no trees framing the holes. It just takes a little bit more focus, which I loved.
This hole is terrifying for someone who misses left! If you can hit a slight draw here you will be in great shape. It is pretty obvious, but don’t miss left.
The club selection off the tee depends on the wind of course, but whatever you hit needs to be down the middle.
Here is a shot of green with my caddie Ryan getting in on the photo. A little side note on him. We got along really well and he made the experience even better than the golf could. At Bandon your caddie stays with you for your entire stay unless you desire a change. I had no such problem and enjoyed my three rounds and conversations with Ryan.
The tee shot here must navigate some bunkers. You could just go way left like I did.
This is the first hole where I actually felt any trouble was present off the tee. The gorse on the left is definitely in play, but there is also a good bit of room right.
This tee shot plays to a blind landing area. A good line is the left side of the row of five trees.
This hole is pretty open. You can take less than a driver if you are concerned about the bunkers left or gorse right. There is still a lot of room out there.
A random fact about the 12th is that it was the first hole built on the property. A pretty good start to say the least. There is a gnarly little pot bunker short, left of the green. If you bail on that there is the dune covered in heather on the right.
This one is tougher to reach in two unless you have the wind with you. Just pound one out there to the big fairway.
This shorter hole bends to the right. You can take less than driver. It’s tough to pick a good line from this picture, but you can go at the tallest hill in the distance.
This is devilish one shotter. The bunker on the right is instant bogey. The only safe miss here is short left. Hopefully you catch this hole with the wind calm.
Here is the view on the way to the 16th tee.
I hit a solid drive here and a short approach. There is another little pot bunker next to this green. You can get nervous hitting this shot because it looks like anything long is going straight into the ocean.
The view from the tee is spectacular. I even saw my wife down on the beach! She was having a good time checking out the trails and beach.
The last hole plays back towards the hotel. You must avoid some bunkers. A good line is the right edge of the hotel.
Wow, that is really all I can say about this course. It was so much fun to play. I felt like I used a lot of my clubs and had to imagine many types of shots. The short game shots invited plenty of imagination. We didn’t get beaten down with harsh wind, which probably made the day more enjoyable.
There was time for a quick bite to eat and then it was off to Pacific Dunes! Stay tuned for that course tour!