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“A little bit of Scotland, right here in Oregon”

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
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Owner description: New classic golf course built high above the Pacific.
Miami, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“A little bit of Scotland, right here in Oregon”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Coming from Boston, my first trip to Bandon Dunes Resort involved a travel time slightly greater than would a trip to the courses outside Edinborough; once there, however, it was immediately evident that it would be worth the wait. The resort property is gorgeous, abutting the southern Oregon coast, and the sound of the pounding surf is evident at all times, no matter which of the four beautiful links courses or equally stunning 13 hole par three track you happen to be playing. The check-in process was painless and the accommodations (we stayed at one of the Lilly Pond cottages a lob wedge from the Inn and an 8-iron from the Lodge. We had arranged our tee times by phone and are starting times were printed out and given to us at check-in. The big news, however, is not the unobtrusive but helpful service, the excellent food or the excellent bar service; it is the golf, which is like being transported to Scotland and playing on the Old Sod. Our first course was the original on the property, a David Kidd design after which the resort is named: Bandon Dunes. The first thing I noticed was the subtlety of the hole plan. Unlike most parkland courses in the U.S.d in which both the fairway and the trouble are readily apparent at first glance, the divisions between fairway and rough and the direction one's ball is likely to bounce are not immediately evident. And bounce they will! Both fairways and greens are exceedingly firm and the bump and run is a useful tool to have in your armamentarium. We played from the Green tees (6221 yards, par 72) and it was all we wanted. The course provides excellent caddies and it is a walking course. In four days, we saw one cart, which was allowed to an elderly player whose arthritis would otherwise have prohibited him from playing. The standard tariff for caddies is $80-100 and they earn their money. The other courses are Pacific Dunes (my personal favorite and arguably the most beautiful) a Tom Doak masterpiece, Bandon Trails (more inland but still clearly a links course) by Coore-Crenshaw and the newest, Old Macdonald, a Doak-Urbina design which incorporates several memorable hole designs based on C.B. Macdonald originals, including the 9th at the Yale course, the 17th at Prestwick and the 17th (Road Hole) at St. Andrew's. We were tired but content when we trudged up the 18th fairway on the last day. All in our group felt we had had one of golf's memorable eperiences.

Visited September 2012
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Tomball, Texas, United States
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58 reviews
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“Golf paradise”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is the number 1 golf resort in America! The 4 links-style courses there are some of the best in the world, with dramatic views of the Pacific, huge sand dunes covered in gorse, and excellent playing conditions. With natural sand bunkers, constant wind, with rain at times off the ocean, you really feel like you are playing some of the classic links courses in Scotland. Bandon Dunes provides excellent accomodations, food and service - I highly recommend it for golfers who want to an incredible golf experience. I have now made 3 trips to Bandon Dunes, and I plan to return often - it gets better every time I go!!

Visited August 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“You cant lose”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

So it may cost a bit and you may lose to your buddies but if you are playing at Bandon, you really cant lose.

I personally dont have much experience with classic links courses in Europe but hopefully I can remedy that in the near future.

We do have a great link course now in Tacoma called Chambers Bay which now seems pretty good when compared to Bandon Dunes.

I only played one day and we played the Bandon Dunes course. We wanted to start with original.

My main take away is that I cant wait to get back to play the rest of the courses.

Ocean views like courses in Hawaii and we manicured holes from tip to toe.

Stay out of the bunkers and learn to put from 20 - 30 yards off the green and you will do great.

Visited August 2012
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San Jose, California
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149 reviews
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“The finest links complex in the USA”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

I am writing this after returning from an Ireland golf trip in which we played seven of the world's finest golf links courses including Waterville, Ballybunion and Lahinch. The Bandon complex is representative of the best links holes you can find. Yes I realize there are better individual holes and courses in the old country, but Bandon is the tops as a complete golf entity. No driving for lengthy distances on crazy left hand drive roads. It's all here in one outstanding venue. While people complain about getting to Bandon, they do not count the total overseas flight time and the hair razing road travel to get from course to course much less the European accomodations compared to the all inclusive lodges and restaurant choices at Bandon. Best golf destination for links style golf in the US. Only complaint: caddy fees are twice the price at Bandon.

Visited June 2012
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Thomasville, Georgia
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“Bandan Dunes - hidden (literally) gem”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

They built it in the middle of nowhere, yet they come by the thousands. Perhaps partly because it takes as long to travel there as it does to Europe, the trip to Bandan will, in time, take on more and more spiritual significance - reverence normally reserved for Pinehurst and Pebble Beach in the U.S. and St. Andrews and Royal County Down in the British Isles. The golf is true links, but not quite as punishing, thanks to wider fairways, as many of the Irish and Scottish links courses. Perhaps it makes sense to not have such a penal offering so as not to detract from the amazing vistas of the dunes, the gorse, and cliffs along part of the Pacific Ocean few people would ever experience without having been summoned by their love of golf.

The amenities and, especially the hospitality, will become legend and there are lessons there that can be applied to other industries (hint, hint to the airlines). I will never forget the procession of golfers in our group heading to the first tee at the par three (do not miss the chance to play that jewel) lead by our waitress carrying a tray of six single malts (yes, you can play "gangsomes" at the par three).

But it is the golf, in the final analysis, that stands on its own. You probably are aware of the rankings and golf accolades Bandan has earned, so I will not dwell on them. I will just reiterate what you have likely read already many times in other reviews, "this place is awesome". We started to refer to it as Disney for golfers. But thinking about it, that is not a fair comparison. In many respects, Disney is fake and contrived. Bandan is the real deal.

Visited August 2012
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