Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes) - Oregon - USA

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort,
57744 Round Lake Drive,
Bandon,
Oregon 97411,
USA


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Pacific Dunes is considered by many to be the best course at the fabulous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. But with the opening of the new (June 2010) Old Macdonald course, opinions may soon change. Pacific Dunes is located a little farther up the Pacific coast, just to the north of Bandon Dunes. Both courses have similarities but there is no doubt in our minds that Pacific Dunes is a very special case.

It opened for play in 2001 and Tom Doak who knows a thing or two about golf course architecture designed it. Frankly it’s a modern masterpiece and architects would reap rewards from carefully studying Pacific Dunes before they embark on any future seaside design. Often, when the setting is gorgeous, as it is here at Bandon, course design often finishes a poor second. The Pacific Dunes design is at least as good as the setting and if they can harden up and quicken the playing surfaces, this could be one of the world’s greatest links.

Measuring 6,673 yards from the tips, Pacific Dunes is by no means a championship layout. But with par set at 71, it’s tough enough for most of us, especially when the wind is up. We are thrilled that Doak used kindly Nature and it’s reassuring to know that the undulating fairways are mostly as he found them. Many of the holes weave in and out of the dunes and this provides the golfer with lots of variety and some respite from the terrain.

Writing in Tom Doak's Little Red Book of Golf Course Architecture, Tom commented as follows: "The 13th at Pacific Dunes is one of the most beautiful holes we've ever built. It was almost exactly like it is today when we found it; we just had to cap the fairway with sand so we could grow grass there.

It didn't take a genius to figure out that a hole with 440 yards of Pacific Ocean frontage – not to mention a 40-foot dune on the other side of the green – was going to be famous someday. Now that I think about it, there are only three other par-4's in America that have that much Pacific frontage – the 9th and 10th at Pebble Beach, and the 4th at Pacific Dunes. What a coincidence that they all turned out so well! Or maybe the setting has something to do with how much people like them."

With a plethora of great holes it seems fickle to single one out, but if we had to, we’d probably plump for the short par four 16th with its rippled fairway and plateau green which slopes from front to back. It’s a real gem.

“Every architect dreams of building among the sand dunes in the same terrain where golf was conceived in the British Isles… Pacific Dunes is that dream come true.” Tom Doak has undoubtedly fulfilled his dream and he has left the reality and the legacy of a most wonderful course that has real heart and soul. Make the trip and play Pacific Dunes immediately, you will not be disappointed.

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Description: Tom Doak's Pacific Dunes is considered by many to be the best course at the fabulous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Rating: 9.6 out of 10 Reviews: 20
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Hans Berntson
I played this fabulous course for the first time in '08 and it completely changed my view on what a great course is supposed to look like and what one has the right to expect from one claiming to be 'great'. The course opens gently as far as views are concerned, but that is soon remedied, and from then on the scenery is astounding to put it mildly. As for the golf, well I came back in August '10 and will most likely return in a couple of years. And that is from Sweden. There are quite a few choices between Stockholm and Bandon but the trek to Oregon makes sense to anybody who has been to that beautiful part of the world. One minor gripe, a favourable exchange rate sure doesn't hurt when in Bandon.
March 23, 2011
10 / 10
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papa rabbi
I was lucky enough to stay and play at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort last week (actually 2 months ago now!) and although I was only there for two nights I was able to play all 4 courses…Old Macdonald opened on 1 June 2010. I should start by saying that the resort is expensive….unless you are an ‘active duty soldier’, then the golf is complimentary and the accommodation somewhere between 50-75% off: Americans value military service unbelievably highly. So I was lucky...very lucky indeed!

The whole resort is fantastic. Beautiful accommodation ranges from ‘Queen’ and ‘King’ sized rooms in the Lodge or the newly built Inn to the exclusive several thousand dollar a night cottages for four. There are also several dining options from a somewhat twee Scottish pub – McKees – to fine dining in the Lodge. You can also eat dinner in the Bandon Trails or Pacific Dunes clubhouses. However not to be discounted is a trip in the evening (or lunch time) to Bandon itself. Ten minutes up the road the ‘Old Town’ is well worth a visit and the oysters and clam chowder at unimpressive looking Tony’s Crab Shack are sensational. Genuinely sensational. You must try them if you go there.

Although the resort is completely geared up for golf there are a few things for the non-golfer to do: scenic walks, horse riding and more scenic walks! Meanwhile the golfer is spoilt for choice though with 4 wonderful courses, an extensive Practice Center (forgive the American spelling!), a 4 hole par-3 course and an ‘executive’ par 3 course is being built between ‘Dunes’ (Bandon Dunes) and ‘Trails’ (Bandon Trails).

So, to the golf: Frankly all four courses are awesome but my pecking order was largely shaped by my golf and the weather! Old Mac, Pacific, Trails, Dunes. I played Pacific first and even though I was tired after a long day in the car I loved it. The first three holes take you towards the sea and the fourth makes the wait so worthwhile: just a great hole! The other notable cliff top holes are the par 3 11th and the par 4 13th. There are other great and interesting holes: the approach to the short par 4 6th will demand great touch and distance control. The par 4 9th has two greens – make sure you check which one your supposed to be playing to before you tee it up. The final three holes provide a great finish to what is a fantastic course.

Bandon Dunes is the course that will one day hold significant events – it can apparently be stretched to nearly 8000 yards! Not PGA tour events or majors…the location is too remote…but it won’t be long until the Amateur or a Walker Cup is hosted at Bandon. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other courses but is a tough course and will test all golfers. The notable holes here are the 16th, 6th and 9th. Old Mac is one of the best golf courses I have ever played. It is frankly amazing that it only opened 3 weeks before I played; I would have had no idea. Designed to reproduce golf holes that Charles B Macdonald would have designed it is a terrific challenge. It must have the largest greens anywhere in the world and so hitting the ball to the right areas is critical if you want to avoid 3 and 4 putts! I nearly didn’t play this course but if I were to be able to get back to Bandon it is the course I’d play most. In my opinion there is not a weak hole on the course and the holes I still picture in my mind’s eye are 3, 5, 6, 7, 12, 15 and 17. Simply a sensational golf course. Now the 3 aforementioned courses are all true links courses…with an American twist. The anomaly at Bandon is the Trails course. It’s like a Surrey heath-land course….only on steroids! Again I loved it but by golly some of the holes are tough especially 16 and 17, a par 5 up hill and a long par 3 (200+ yards) both into the prevailing wind. Score early on this course because the last 4 are brutal!

In summary I wholeheartedly recommend Bandon Dunes golf resort to any keen golfer. It is a golfing paradise and the resort, which has no unnecessary frills, is designed to look after your every golfing need. I haven’t played any other big name US golf resorts but this place will be extremely hard to beat.
August 11, 2010
10 / 10
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Stuart S Tillery
Played 36 at Bandon back to back on a mid summer day and it changed dramaticaly in a 5 hour period. Mornings here are usually calm and atfternoon winds change it completely. Par 4 #5 I played driver 5 iron to the green. In the afternoon I played driver, driver, wedge and was short. It is a much better course than Pacific and Dunes. Pacific just ran out of property. It is the closest to a links course than any I have played in th US.
July 09, 2010
8 / 10
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Mike Stefan
Pacific Dunes provides a challenge from the first tee shot to your last approach to the 18th green. The course is set along the rugged coast of Oregon, in an area that still seems untapped and uncommercialized. Play from the appropriate tees as the course plays to every single inch of the 6633 yards off the black tees. The course has a number of great holes such as the 499-yard par-five 3rd with gorgeous views off the tee and on your approach to a well protected green. The tough 4th plays at 463 yards, with the entire right side lined by a cliff, while the green is protected by a huge bunker short and left. The lengthy hole usually plays down the prevailing wind, but we were not that fortunate, as a stiff breeze was in our face that day.

Good shot-making is required on every course at Bandon, and this course will regularly punish even the slightest of mishits that do not find the fairway. The greens are large, but do not hold the way most North American golfers would expect. They also aren't lush, but run pretty true, and putts can be rolled in from longer distances. The greens seem to skid and slide off the putter, as they are cut low and have less grass under the ball.

The fairways are cut very similarly resulting in consistent lies. Even though the area receives a lot of moisture, the fairways and greens are quite hard with few divots or ball marks to be found. One starts picking the ball off the tight lies or using low lofted clubs or putter around these greens.

I believe this is the toughest of the courses at Bandon, even though it's the shortest. The course is a test to walk, negotiate the wind and elements, and find opportunities to score well. If one is not careful, big numbers will surely creep in the scorecard.
May 06, 2010
10 / 10
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David Davis
Played all 3 Bandon Dunes courses on the 3rd and 4th of July this year. Found it an amazing experience. I learned to play golf in Europe and had never played in Oregon (which is where I was born). So the only courses I really had to compare it to where the greats in Ireland and the UK, most of which I've played and love. My favorite was Pacific Dunes by far, with breath-taking views of the Pacific, we even had airplanes flying below the cliffs and the sea as well as an ocean full of kite surfers shooting off the break to distract us. In US terms this resort would be for golfers what Jackson Hole, Wyoming is for skiers or perhaps Argentiere in France is for skers. It´s all about the golf, it´s tough to get to, certainly one of the most difficult to reach courses in the world, right up there with OZ and the great track on Tazmania. If you ever get the chance, jump on it. Scratch that, just get a group of guys together (leave the women at home, as there is nothing for them to do until they finish the spa next year or the year after) and go treat yourselves to something amazing!
September 25, 2008
10 / 10
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John McPheson
Golf Heaven. I've played Turnberry, Pebble Beach and Kingsbarns and Pacific Dunes is their equal.
September 05, 2007
10 / 10
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John McPheson
Pacific Dunes is the equal of the Ailsa and superior to Pebble Beach. It is a shot makers delight.
May 03, 2007
10 / 10
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Ian Johnston
Pacific Dunes,the jewel in the crown of America,s finest golf resort.It is quite simply "STUNNING",the nearest course to a traditional British links that America has. Stand on any tee and you could be at Turnberry, Birkdale, Nairn etc,. Wild and woolly to look at,the course fits in well with the lay and roll of the ground,the turf is the same as you get in the UK and maintained as such,giving a fast running course year round.It even has vast swathes of Gorse,possibly the only place in the US that has this wonderful !!!! plant.!!In fact the only thing that differs between this course and its UK cousins is the constant roar of the Pacific Ocean as it pounds the beach down below the cliff tops that this course is built on. A game here is wonderful and well worth the 10hr drive from San Francisco,and while you,re here, play the other courses..Bandon Dunes..and Bandon Trails..The dunes is another world class links,and the Trails is 3 holes in the dunes and 15 holes that remind the player of the best Heathland courses in and around Surrey/Berkshire in England..All in all a fantastic place to play golf.
December 24, 2006
10 / 10
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CDM
Bandon Dunes is a wonder to behold, 54 holes of the most exquisite golf you are likely to find anywhere in the world all tucked away in a innocuous village on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Everything about the place is classy, full of character and for an upscale American development, surprisingly and very pleasingly understated. I was lucky enough to play all three courses over two days in October 2005 and whilst Pacific Dunes thoroughly justifies its high inclusion in this list, all three tracks are out of the very top drawer. The links really has the feel of those in south west Ireland (Ballybunion or Waterville) and both Bandon and Pacific Dunes have been designed to really make the most of the wonderful contours, dunes and scenery. Nowhere is this more true than the 16th on Bandon and the 13th on Pacific which rank comfortably as the two most beautiful golf holes i have ever had the pleasure of laying my eyes on. Perhaps the real surprise at Bandon Dunes was the Ben Crenshaw designed Bandon Trails course which at the time of my visit had only been open for a matter of months. There is no doubt that people (particularly Americans) travel to Bandon for the links but it is this course that really blew me away. It is of the same ilk as some of the great Heathland courses at The Berkshire or Walton Heath but it is as if Crenshaw took one of those, gave it a stiff dose of steroids and magically plonked it down conveniently next to the two existing links. It is simply incredible, all that you would expect from a first class heathland course but simply bigger, braver and more spectacular. The fact that it was just 3 months old at the time was simply mind boggling and it surely will not be long before it is also gracing the highest echelons of these pages. In summary - go to Bandon, no golf pilgrim should consider themselves fulfilled until they do.
July 04, 2006
10 / 10
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Brock Lynch
I played @ Bandon and Pacific Dunes in Aug, 2005. Outstanding! If you have played golf in Ireland or Scotland, then you will love Pacific Dunes. It is classic links golf on the west coast of Oregon in the USA. Not a long course, but a very strategic and fun golf course to play. I would say that Pacific Dunes is on par with other great links courses as Ballybunion, Lahinch, etc. If you love to play links golf, Play at Bandon Dunes and don't miss Pacifc Dunes.
July 03, 2006
10 / 10
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