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.
- Also Known As:
- Bandon Dunes Golf Hotel Bandon
- Bandon Dunes Resort
- Bandon Dunes Hotel