Bandon Dunes Golf Course
57744 Round Lake Drive
Bandon, OR 97411
Course Review Date: 01.27.2011
Course Reviewer – Ian
Opened in 1999, Bandon Dunes Golf Course was the first course opened at the now 4 course golf resort on the Southern Oregon coast. Bandon Dunes was designed to be true European links golf in the U.S. requiring the golfer to use their head on every shot. It’s a golf course that uses the land as its hazards and rewards you for playing shots you would never dream of at your local municipal. Putt it from 60 yards off the green? All day at Bandon. Hit a 60 degree flop shot on to the green? Not a chance. Honestly, the biggest challenge out there is focusing on your game and not getting caught up in the breathtaking the piece of land you are playing golf on.
At the first tee box the starter gives you a nice welcome, some tips on routing the course (pay attention, there are no signs), and a subtle “play smart, this is not your muni” speech. Being the high handicapper of the foursome, I have to admit I had the knee knocks going a bit. The 1.2, 2.3, and 12 handicappers before me all pumped drives right down the pipe and I was a bit nervous. It’s never a good swing thought to be thinking “please don’t hit the clubhouse with this drive.” However, I managed to pull myself together and hit one out there with them. I did take some razing walking up to that approach shot though for having some obvious knee knocks 🙂
The 3rd hole is where you get your first “Oh my god” moment. It’s a 543 yard, par 5 that’s green is perched on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific. From here on, you pretty much have a ‘wow’ moment on every hole. The 4th hole is similar as an approach shot that goes long will finds the ocean. By the time we finished 9 I was already rambling about this being the greatest 9 holes of golf I have ever played and it certainly had nothing to do with score. The back nine played just as spectacular as the front, with greens and tee boxes that that offer once in a lifetime views and challenges. There is one hole on this track though that I will dream about when I sleep. That is the Par 4, 16th.
You ever accidently whack yourself in the ankle with a club for no apparent reason and it hurts like hell? I had to do this intentionally on the 16th tee box at Bandon Dunes just to make sure I hadn’t died and gone to heaven. The hole runs south along the Pacific and features an inlet/canyon down the center that you need to clear to stay safe. As someone who plays a fade or pushes it to the right it was the most intimidating single tee shot of my life…and I loved it. Check out the picture below of the hole. Remarkable. Oh, I kept it in play by the way. I was nervous for a second though as it fade right and was tracking towards the ocean.
If it wasn’t for Old Macdonald, the 4th course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon would have been the best golf course I have ever played. As a Puget Sound local I am delighted to play Chamber’s Bay on a regular basis and consider it the best golf course in this state, but for me Bandon Dunes takes it to a whole other level. I can’t wait to go back!
Golfchops.com rating: 25/25
Customer Service: 5
Condition of Greens: 5
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 5
– The entire staff was extremely friendly and we really appreciate them having us out to play
– The greens at Bandon were excellent. Fescue greens at their finest and the rolled much better that the greens at Pacific Dunes the next day – Bandon Dunes is in pristine condition
– Depending on the season, prices vary, but golf is Bandon Dunes is not cheap by any means. If Chamber’s runs $160-$180 in the summer this place is well worth the $225. Play it for $115 in the off-season
– Restrooms in a couple different places, access to a snack bar in a couple places, solid practice green, lots of instruction and help from staff, perfect.