Played Old Mac late June 2013. Of the courses at Bandon Dunes Resort, Old Mac is the most fun to play. Yes, the fairways are wide, but the challenge from the tee is not always simple. There are bunkers to avoid and better lines of play to get to. The challenge of this course is scoring around the greens. You will put from everywhere because that is the proper play. There are some great holes on this course. The tee shot on the par 4 3rd is glorious. You must drive over a ridge that has to be 60 or 70 ft high to a tumbling fairway. Into the wind, you must trust your swing completely. The par 4 4th is a monster, again into the wind, with a fairway above you and a long second shot awaits. The par 5 6th is very interesting after the tee shot with a super undulating green that is much wider than it is deep. The par 4 7th is my favorite hole on the course. A fairway bunker on the inside left corner of the dogleg should be avoided and there is much more room on the right of the fairway than you can see. The second shot seems to be straight up in the air to the top of a ridge to a huge undulating green. A most incredible view awaits you when you reach the green at the top of the ridge. This is a dramatic and wonderful hole. The downhill par 3 8th is divided by a dip that runs across the entire green. The par 4 11th is a fairly good replica of the road hole at St. Andrews. A very simple design that makes for a very challenging golf hole. The par 4 14th is a great short par 4 with a well bunkered and wide fairway and a straight up hill second shot to a wonderful undulating and massive green. The par 5 15th is downhill off the tee and the second shot must avoid a huge bunker (I think it is called Hell) that is about 100 yds short of the green. The green sits on the same ridge that you encounter on the 7th. More glorious views! The par 4 16th is downhill and doglegs around (or over) a 50 ft ridge in which a direction pole sits on top. You are not sure what awaits your second shot... the boarded green side bunker?... a friendly right kick on to the green from the fairway short that does bank to the right?...maybe you'll go long and sit next to the bell that will warn those behind you that you've completed the hole. More glorious golf! The last two holes are not to the level of the rest, but you have experienced so much great golf that you do not mind. This is a great course and should not be missed by anyone who loves links golf.
Date: July 06, 2013