The Preserve is often touted as the best short course in the world and for the most part lives up to its billing. Each hole gives the golfer a different shot to contemplate (uphill, downhill, even a blind shot on the 8th hole). The green complexes have the most outrageous undulations I have seen on a Coore and Crenshaw course yet.
Whatever the architectural merits of the course (and there are many), this course is primarily there for fun. It is definitely set up for a bunch of golfers to go out, have a fun time, try a lot of different shots and get some great scenery to boot. Emblematic of this is the 13th hole which encourages the golfer to use a putter as the drive and darn it if I missed my hole in one by inches!
While the big courses await the golfer at Bandon, take an hour or two and make sure to hit up this course, you will be glad you did!
Date: April 27, 2018