Spent 4 nights here last week playing 36 holes per day. It's all walking so definitely bring some comfortable golf shoes. Also I highly recommend getting a caddie. I had a caddie for 5 of the 6 rounds (6th round was on the Par 3 so I didn't take a caddie for that one) and it was completely worth it, especially if you get a caddie that not only knows what he is doing but is a good player in his own right (I did - same caddie for all 5 rounds).
My favorite course is the highly underrated Bandon Trails. Very peaceful and serene track cut out of the forest and winding up and down a mountain. So quiet you could hear a pin drop - our tee shots were echoing! Only problem with this course was the mosquitos. Holy cow it was bad - this ended up being a strange combination of one of my favorite courses ever combined with the worst conditions ever. They've got to get the mosquito problem under control - apparently a marsh got restored nearby which brought in the mosquitos. The city and the state are supposedly trying to deal with it. Even the Bandon guys working there were not happy - I think they were losing business due to all the skeeters.
I personally felt that Pacific Dunes is overrated. Maybe it is because I played it in the afternoon with high winds, but I thought a lot of the holes were unnecessarily tricked up. Bandon Dunes is great - played it twice. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon the next day. Afternoon round was definitely tougher with the winds.
Old MacDonald is the easiest of the 4 big courses and I shot my best round there. Other than a few great ocean view holes though, it is pretty unmemorable. Would only play that one once. The par 3 course Bandon Preserve is really neat. Lots of options for how to play every hole. Definitely recommend hitting that one in the afternoon late in a trip, especially if your feet are tired from walking the big courses.
If you have 3 days and want to play twice a day, I would recommend Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails twice, Pacific Dunes once and Old MacDonald once. Substitute Bandon Preserve for your last afternoon if you aren't feeling up to another big round. And definitely get a caddy on the big courses. Value is OK - I think the replays should be cheaper.
Stayed in the Lodge - the rooms are comfortable but not memorable. You are there for the golf anyway. The burgers and the pizza in the Scottish pub are good. Beer selection is decent. Plan on spending at least $2,500 if you play 6 rounds with a caddie and stay 4 nights in the Lodge.
- Also Known As:
- Bandon Dunes Golf Hotel Bandon
- Bandon Dunes Resort
- Bandon Dunes Hotel