Well, we have a different perspective than the previous poster in regards to the courses. My husband is a 5.1 index golfer, and has played in Scotland and Ireland 4 times(had a 69 at Royal Dornoch). While he appreciated the beauty of the courses, he felt they were a bit "tricked up". We played all four courses(36 a day for the two days there), and he was disappointed in the courses before we had played the first nine at Bandon Dunes. He was glad we had not made a special trip from Ohio(we were already on the west coast so jumped up there for two days), and felt that the complexes at Kohler(Whistling Straits, the Irish and Blackwolf River courses) were a much more interesting test of golf. And the Straits was much more like true Scottish links golf.
As for the resort...absolutely no complaints whatsoever. We were in a King room at the Inn. No way was it spartan, and we have stayed at very nice resorts. They were top notch in customer service in every way. The shuttles always arrived quickly, the bar servers in the Inn were pleasant, and remembered our order from the day before, the Pacific Grill was absolutely delicious. McKees was ok, but we ordered the right thing so we were fine. The next night, we could only get a res at the Pacific at 6, and when we arrived, they were puzzled and said they were closed for a private party. We were puzzled by this as someone had made the res at the desk at the Inn and had emailed us about it. They immediately separated a table from the group table and set us up. The group was not to arrive til 9 and we assured them that we would be long gone by then. We thought the main restaurant for lunch was ok, but we were starved so it was fine. We got a recommendation to go to Bandon Trails for Fish and Chips and Seafood Tacos which were both good choices, but the service was very slow, and there was a group that had a somewhat tight turnaround that had to leave because after a more half hour when it wasn't very busy, their food still wasn't ready. (We came when there was one other table and it took over a half hour to get served AFTER we had ordered...the server said the kitchen didn't realize it would get busy). No harm for us, but I would be sure to let a server know about a tight timetable.
I played golf the whole time, but there were ladies around who were clearly not playing golf, and I would think it wouldn't be a big stretch to do something to accommodate them as far as spa and nail services or yoga or something. I would have just told my husband to go alone with the guys, but not everyone feels that way, so why not have alternative services? It would certainly make money.
Lastly, in terms of customer service...we shipped our clubs and had them in a good travel bag, in a box, with a club protector, and my husband's driver was broken on arrival. The Pro shop gave him a demo to use that was a newer version of his club to use for our time there, which was perfect, and their response to him was so pleasant. So 5 stars for their service, but the courses were a 3 star out of 5. He has had this on his bucket list, and sometimes things aren't what you expect. Oh well...
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