I played Pacific Dunes late June 2013. The Bandon Dunes Resort is a fabulous place to play golf. The Pacific Dunes course is excellent with great views of the Pacific Ocean on many holes. The holes here are of all shapes and sizes with green sites that are some of the best in the world. Pacific Dunes is not as demanding off the tee as some of the other courses at the resort, but you must be accurate with your approach shots or you have little hope of playing a reasonably good round. On quite a few holes you can play shorter clubs off the tee so that you can get a better angle into the green which is very important on this course. Many holes have greens that are angled to the central line of play and it is better to play to one side of the fairway or the other to gain a more direct line to the hole locations. There are some very dramatic holes on this course; #4 is right on the ocean and plays against it for the entire hole, #7 has one of the best green sites at the resort that is not on the ocean, #10 from the high tee (there are two greens on #9, a lower and an upper) looks directly at the ocean beyond the green below, #11 is a great short par 3 along the ocean, and #13 runs along the ocean on the left and has two giant blown out dunes on the right with one along the fairway and one at the green. There are some difficult holes; #4 has ocean right bunkers left off the tee and the green is well protected on the left by bunkers and nasty vegetation as well as ocean on the right, #7 is a solid par 4 with a great green that is well protected, #9 can be difficult when played to the upper green, even though the fairway is wide, it drops off on both sides for the drive that is to wide, #16 is a great short par 4 that has to be played with only the most accurate approach shot, #18 is one of the toughest par 5’s I have played and can only be handled with 3 very good shots. Please know that all of the holes on this course can turn into very tough holes when you do not play them correctly. Nasty green side bunkers of all shapes and sizes, elevated greens with unforgiving drop-offs, and fairway bunkers that must be avoided are on every hole. The variety and challenge of this course would be enough, but the ocean views and the dunes, some small and others enormous, make this one of the best courses in the world.
Date: July 04, 2013