Bandon Trails – Played 2015
- Rankings: Golf Digest #70, Golf Digest Public #16, Golf Magazine #49, Golf Magazine Public #15
- Location: 57744 Round Lake Road, Bandon, Oregon
- Year: 2005
- Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
- Course Access: Resort
- Walking Rules: Walking Only, Caddies Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 6,759 yards, Par 71, 73.6 Rating/130 Slope
- Green: 6,247 yards, Par 71, 71.1 Rating/129 Slope
- Gold: 5,751 yards, Par 71, 68.7 Rating/122 Slope
- Royal Blue: 3,827 yards, Par 71, 61.2 Rating/105 Slope
- Orange: 5,100 yards, Par 71, 66.1 Rating/117 Slope
This was a happy and sad day at the same time since I would be saying goodbye to the wonderful Bandon Dunes. I should say that I hope it is see you later and not a full goodbye!
The finisher for my trip was Bandon Trails. The Coore & Crenshaw addition to the resort was the third course built on the property. It plays inland and is sheltered somewhat from the breezes that are ever-present at the other three courses. I think it makes for a nice change of pace and it is an added bonus to the resort that you can play different types of golf in one place.
All yardages are from the green tees.
Hole 1 – 356 yards – Par 4
The weather was slightly overcast to start, but not windy. I took a three iron here for precision. This hole gives you a linksy tease before going more inland. You can see the ocean from the tee. The fairway is more framed than the picture shows.
The second plays downhill, but didn’t play much short of the distance for us. There aren’t many places to miss here. Bear down on this one.
Hey look, trees! There haven’t been a ton on the prior three courses we have toured. The bunkers are reachable. Split the three you see and you will be in great shape.
The tee shot here is uphill. You cannot see the landing area due to the hill. There is a little more room right than you think, but it’s wise not to tempt fate as I did. The fairway runs out sooner the further left you go.
In the experience I have had playing Coore & Crenshaw courses, I think their biggest strength is the par threes. They almost always have variety and ask something different of the golfer on each one. The fifth at Trails is no exception. It is very short, but misses are penalized. The main trouble is short with some nasty bunkers.
You can play this tee shot however you like as long as you don’t go in the bunker in the middle of the fairway.
This hole reminded me of some holes in New Hampshire that I grew up playing. It plays longer than the yardage due to the climb up the hill. A drive to the right of the bunker on the left will leave you a good shot into the green.
Interestingly, this was the only course I dealt with slow play. You can see the group in front just walking off the tee.
The Coore-Crenshaw team know how to make a driveable par four. This one was no exception. It favors a draw to avoid the bunkers down the left.
This par five moves to the left. The bunker in the middle is definitely in play. A drive to the left of the bunker will leave a great opportunity to go for it in two.
The tee shot here calls for a draw again. You can get in trouble if you go too far to the right as the fairway runs out.
This hole features the only water hazard on the course. It bends to the right once it crests a hill in the fairway.
The twelfth is a beast of a par three. There is tree trouble hard to the left of the green. The shot requires a lot of length and precision unless you bail to the right.
The landing area is wide open from this tee. You will want to favor the left side since it will give you a much better angle on the approach.
The polarizing 14th is upon us, but before we get to that here is a look at the ocean from the tee.
Back to the controversy. This hole has generated a wide range of opinions. I personally loved it. The tee shot gives you options of laying up or trying to drive the green. There is quite a bit of room if you choose to hit iron off the tee.
This hole plays longer than the yardage since it is back up the hill. A good line is at the bunker down the middle. You can see up on the far right the location of the 14th tee. It is quite an elevation change from there.
Get your walking shoes on! This one is uphill all the way. It plays much longer than its yardage due to the elevation. A little draw will play great on this hole.
This is a great one-shotter. It was playing into the wind for me. The bunkers are all in play, but luckily most of the heather should be carried by a well-struck shot.
The finishing hole takes you back out of the forest and towards the water. There is more fairway that you can see. Depending on the wind you can hit less than driver.
Trails was an awesome experience! It was my favorite course at the resort. I thought it called for many types of shots and featured many different types of holes. Coore and Crenshaw hit this one out of the park.