We just returned from a great family vacation, yes I said family vacation, to Bandon Dunes. Accompanyed by my wife and 10 year old son, we proved that a great golf and family vacation can be one and the same, at least on the south coast of Oregon. Given that there is no pool at the resort (and every 10 year old has to have a pool) we stayed in town at the Best Western Inn at Face Rock (solid basic accomodations). This was my 3rd trip to Bandon, the first since the completion of Bandon Trails. As a result, Trails was first up on the play list. I played on a beautiful Tuesday morning and was quite suprised. After reading some of the reviews on this and other sites, I was actually thinking of possibly passing on Trails. That would have been a big mistake. Trails is a great course that works as a true compliment to the other two. It will test your game, especially on and around the greens. The entire course is one long nature hike with unbelievable natural vistas. While it doesn't have the ocean, it's no less spectacular in it's own right. Coore and Crenshaw really worked their magic on this one. Don't miss it. We took the day off on Wednesday, except for a 9 hole round with my son at Shorty's, the David McLay Kidd designed par-3 adjacent to Bandon's excellent practice center. It's a very difficult and memorable little one shotter. My Thursday round at Bandon Dunes was one for the books. With my wife along for the walk and my son on the bag, I had 5 birdies and shot 77 (2 doubles - argh!) on a gorgeous day with a steady 1-2 club wind out of the north. I didn't make it to Pacific Dunes this trip, as time ran out. Bottom line, if you're serious about golf, a vist to Bandon is required. The golf, the staff, the meatloaf at McKees Pub; everything is first rate. A must make trip!
- Also Known As:
- Bandon Dunes Golf Hotel Bandon
- Bandon Dunes Resort
- Bandon Dunes Hotel