First in a series of four posts on the courses at world-renowned Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
The world famous resort existing today on the coast of southern Oregon was built upon the achievement of its first course - Bandon Dunes. Bandon Dunes revolutionized links golf in North America and sparked a golf architecture renaissance that has lasted these past fifteen years.
The folks at Bandon interestingly decided against using any of the usual all-star architects ( Fazio, Nicklaus, Dye, et al.), instead selecting a relatively unknown young Scottish designer named David McLay Kidd. Bandon Dunes was to be his first course. In hindsight, had Bandon Dunes not turned out to be the superior course it is, McLay would not likely be the celebrated golf icon that he is, and the other three Bandon courses might not exist. But it did, and aren’t we lucky?!?!
While the history is fascinating and the setting overwhelming in its beauty, we’re sending you there to actually play golf! As a course, Bandon Dunes is moderately longer than Pacific Dunes and Bandon Trails, but there is room off the tee and greens. This is your best chance to post a score on the resort property. Don’t be fooled however, they host USGA championships here and the Oregon Amateur as well – this course will challenge any level of golfer. The greens are fast and undulating, and the course is filled with strategically placed pot bunkers (best avoided).
The vistas at Bandon Dunes are indescribable, with the ocean being in play on five of the eighteen holes. The 16th, a short par 4 on the beach, might be one of the prettiest golf holes you’d play anywhere in the world. Bandon Dunes Resort is golf heaven and this course is what started it all.
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Hit ‘em straight!