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“Best golf experience in America.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

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57744 Round Lake Dr, Bandon, OR 97411   |  
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Austin, Texas
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“Best golf experience in America.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Just returned from 4 nights at the Inn with 7 rounds of golf. Tiring but exhilarating. The courses are unlike anything I have ever experienced. Mike Keiser has produced a golf nirvana. The whole place has the feel of a ski resort. The accommodations are comfortable, remarkably convenient, and the staff and service were all excellent. We had one episode where the water pressure was poor from the shower. They called and it was fixed within the hour.

The food was fair but more than satisfying particularly after walking 36 holes a day. McKee's pub is definitely the spot for dinner. Pacific Dunes is the best lunch, and the lodge breakfast buffet is excellent.

A few words about the golf - strongly consider a caddie. The courses require a tremendous amount of local knowledge and the way they play varies drastically depending upon the weather.

I'm a 5 index golfer from Texas so I felt I was ready for the winds. But until you play into a 40mph head wind you cannot appreciate the effect it has on the golf ball. I loved this challenge but it would certainly push someone with a handicap over 15 or 20 to the brink of enjoyability.

The other major defense is the greens. They play very differently than your typical parkland courses. The speed is not overly fast but very difficult to judge and markedly affected by wind and subtle elevation change. I also think the extremely firm surfaces create a smaller hole and more lip outs than you would otherwise see. I know I had more than a few horseshoes.

In the end, I felt like the courses beat me to a pulp but in reality my scores were very appropriate. A couple of 79's several low 80's and one round in upper 80's in the afternoon when I simply ran out of gas.

If you really love golf, this is your little slice of heaven on earth.

One last note - trails is an excellent golf course. Due to the lack of ocean holes it doesn't get the publicity it should but it's just as beautiful and well designed in it's own way.

My only complaint/suggestion is for them to put a fridge in the room and a couple of water coolers on the courses. Even though the temperatures are mild, it's hard to stay hydrated when walking 15 miles/day.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Aledo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

The resort is spectacular if you love links golf. Three of the four courses have several holes along the Pacific so the views are incredible. Firm rolling fairways and greens, variable weather, wind, deep bunkers - and even a bit of gorse - makes you feel like you're in Scotland without the long overseas flight. I've played golf in Scotland and in the middle of the course you honestly can't tell that you're not there.

There isn't lots close to the resort (about 10 miles back to Bandon) so the fact the the food prices are reasonable for very healthy portions is most appreciated. So was the jacuzzi in the lodge after walking 36 holes!

The resturants and lounges are very comfortable and spacious - can't say the same for the rooms. We stayed in a standard lodge room and it was clean and functional, but it was rather small (...didn't need to import that particular item from Scotland...). If the weather is bad the room would become awfully small awfully fast. Of course most folks spend the majority of the day outside on the courses so you can understand the limited size. We did peek in one of the suites while it was being cleaned and they are very nice.

One real strength of the resort is the staff. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was friendly, helpful, and pleasant. On-site transportation is quick and efficient and there aren't many nicer places to sip a drink and watch the sunset!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

Stayed in Lily Pond-- very unadorned but clean and comfortable. No AC, so if you hit an unseasonable hot streak you could be in for it. There is no AC on the resort. Mind you, other than a too hot dining room for breakfast- it is a non issue. Room was quite cool with the patio door open.

As for the Golf- it cannot be better. Truly the best golf experience I've had yet-- period, hands-down. We walked 36 X 3 and the experience was simply awesome. No one in our group could really say which course was best as they all have merits and are all World Class golf. Bandon Dunes is a traditional links course. Pacific Dunes is links on steroids. Old Macdonald is a one of a kind lunar landscape with golf holes. Really fun and completely unique. Bandon Trails, which some eschew as it is not on the Ocean, is a great golf course. Very different than the others, but a must play. We were planning on skipping this course during our stay and ended up playing it as nearly every employee told us it was their favorite.In the end it would have been a crime to skip it. I'd sum up the golf as such:

Bandon, most playable
Pacific, most beautiful
Trails, players course (probably best in the wind as it is a bit sheltered)
Old Mac, utterly unique links on Mars.

Handicaps over low 20's are probably not well suited to play unless you really play from the gold/red tees.

Caddy Shane was simply great. Always on the spot with a club, fun to walk/talk with, perfect balance of advice and letting you play it as you see it. BTW, good luck putting here without a caddy.

Golf lessons learned- do not land anything longer than a high 8 iron on the greens- they will roll off, putts are slow but the greens are nasty firm. The gorse might as well be water hazards- your ball is a goner.



The meatloaf at McKee's that other rave about was OK (rest of food there was quite good), bunker bar stinks.

Shuttle buses around the property are simply awesome as were all staff we encountered.

Unless it crumbles into the sea, I'll be going back there one day hopefully soon.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

Our trip was to mark another place off our bucket list. Glad we had the golf experience. The concept of 4 golfers sharing a 4-bedroom Grove Cottage appeared interesting despite a price tag of $1,800 per night, so we decided to give it a shot. After being there 3 nights we concluded that we paid a lot for little. Check-in was very poor with no coordination between the front desk and the person who was supposed to greet us at the cottage and show us the ropes. The person never showed. We received nothing more than a benign smile when we reported the issue. The cottage was roomy and spotless, but nothing extraordinary. Bedding (mattress) was mediocre quality. Bedroom lighting is poor. For the price, we expected better quality linens and towels than what was provided. We also felt it was not unreasonable to expect breakfast to be inlcued, but it was not. Everything you want to do or have at Bandon Dunes is priced separately at premium levels. Breakfast buffet is first rate, as are the dinner choices. The fish (salmon and red snapper) was exceptional. Service was excellent. Bartenders are not very adept at their craft. We'll return to play golf again, but we'll find another place to stay.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

just back from 4 days at bandon dunes. having been to scotland, pinehurst, pebble, staits, kiawah, etc. i must admit that it doesn't get any better than bandon dunes. played old mac, pacific dunes and bandon dunes and each one was a thrilling experience. found the caddies to be extremely helpful and would recommend them. ask for Travis. as good as the golf was, i cannot say enough about the service. from the restaurants to the shops to the shuttle staff to the practice facility everyone and i mean everyone had a smile and bent over backwards to be accomodating. rented a house on the beach 10 minutes or so south of the links. the coast is spectacular but the golf is better. GO!!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

since you are likely going for the golf, the golf is phenomenal. the views are breathtaking. the course is gorgeous and varied. as far as the resort, the lodging isn't worth the money they get, but there just isn't anywhere else to stay. our bathroom smelled of sewage gas, and when i brought this to management, the answer was that they are aware of it, but just can't get it fixed, as it is a resort wide plumbing issue. (oh, and be prepared for a lot of rain).

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011 via mobile

Greatest golf in the United States. Service is not part of the culture. Borderline snobby and mean. And no added value for a 3 night stay and 5 rounds of golf. The caddy staff isn't friendly either. But all worth it for the golf.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 57744 Round Lake Dr, Bandon, OR 97411
Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Bandon
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Bandon
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bandon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
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