Perched tantalisingly on the dramatic Pacific coastline of Oregon; Bandon Dunes ranks highly among the most spectacular golf resorts in the United States, with multiple championship courses, many of which are quite unique to America, as well as an equally impressive array of luxury accommodation options.
The resort boasts a 50 acre practice centre, complete with two full driving ranges, a huge practice putting green and two excellent short game areas. In addition to the Shorty’s Par 3 Course, Bandon Dunes also boasts the Punchbowl, a 100,000 sq foot putting course.
You will find every kind of putt you can imagine out there, and probably a few you’ve never dreamed of. Tom Doak
There is yet another par 3 course at the resort too. Bandon Reserve features 13 breathtaking holes, all of which with the Pacific Ocean acting as a backdrop.
Bandon Dunes boasts a huge, 4,500 sq-foot clubhouse, featuring a golf shop on the lower level and a superb dining room where guests can enjoy panoramic views of Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes, The Punchbowl and all the way out over the Pacific Ocean.
For dining and drinks, whether it’s in The Gallery, Tufted Puffin, Pacific Grill, McKee’s Pub, Bunker Bar or at Trail’s End, quality is assured.
- Play Bandon Dunes
- Play Bandon Trails
- Play Pacific Dunes
- Play Old Macdonald
The rugged Pacific coastline of South West Oregon allowed relatively unheralded course architect David MacLay Kidd to wave his magic wand and, clearly inspired by the great links courses of the UK & Ireland, create a stunning collection of courses at Bandon.
From the moment I stepped out on these wild, wind-shaped sand dunes, I knew this would be the opportunity of a lifetime. McLay Kidd
Interestingly, Bandon Dunes was in fact Kidd’s first notable design project and the course, one third of which runs right along the Pacific shoreline, has quickly become a big, big hit with golfers paying the resort a visit.
The course is perched on a bluff high above the Pacific Ocean, and combines the charms of links golf with a relaxing resort atmosphere, as well as of course, seemingly infinite spectacular views.
Huge greens and pristine conditioning are the most notable features of the course and with holes routed in all directions, rather than the traditional 9 out and 9 back that we see on so many classic links courses in the UK and Ireland, the wind is a constant factor.
Designed by: David McLay Kidd
Black: 6,732 yards, Rating 74.1 / Slope 143
Green: 6,221 yards, Rating 71.4 / Slope 133
Gold: 5,716 yards, Rating 69.5 / Slope 133
Blue: 3,945 yards, Rating 61.5 / Slope 101
Other David McLay Kidd Courses
St Andrews Links Castle Course & Machrihanish Dunes in Scotland, as well as Fancourt in South Africa and Queenwood in Surrey
Located a little further north than Bandon Dunes, the Pacific Dunes Course is regarded by many as the resort’s finest course. The views from each hole rival pretty much any other in the world, so even on an off day, golfers can’t help but fall in love with Tom Doak’s layout.
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
So Pacific Dunes is a links course through and through, and as is the case with many of the classic seaside courses of the UK & Ireland, Doak took full advantage of the stunning natural canvas with which he was presented, making intelligent use of the natural contours and elevation changes. The result is a course that feels like it was discovered rather than manufactured; completely natural and shaped by Mother Nature herself.
Measuring 6,633 yards from the tips, Pacific Dunes isn’t overly long by modern standards, but its clever design will still present even the best golfers with an enthralling challenge, especially when the wind starts to blow.
Designed by: Tom Doak
Blue: 6,633 yards, Rating 73 / Slope 142
Green: 6,142 yards, Rating 70.7 / Slope 133
Gold: 5,775 yards, Rating 68.6 / Slope 129
Blue: 3,920 yards
Other Tom Doak Courses
Barnbougle Dunes in Australia, Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand and The Renaissance Club in East Lothian
Designed by the formidable duo of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the men responsible for the much lauded revamp of the Pinehurst No. 2, Bandon Trails was the third course to open at the resort.
After opening for play in 2005, Bandon Trails quickly garnered a fine reputation, and with a routing that starts in the dunes near the coast before turning inland and through the pine forests, it offers a very different overall experience than the other courses at the resort.
As they say, variety is the spice of life, and with three holes which take their lead from traditional links golf, as well as eight that take the golfer on a journey through picturesque meadowland, not to mention the remaining seven which wind their way through the pines; Bandon Trails offers is in spades.
Designed by: Ben Crenshaw & Bill Coore
Blue: 6,759 yards, Rating 73.6 / Slope 130
Green: 6,247 yards, Rating 71.1 / Slope 129
Gold: 5,751 yards, Rating 68.7 / Slope 122
Blue: 3,827 yards, Rating 61.2 / Slope 105
Other Ben Crenshaw / Bill Coore Courses
Pinehurst No. 2 (restoration), Kapalua in Hawaii and Lost Farm at Barnbougle Dunes in Australia
Bandon Dunes was already considered among the best golf resorts in the world by the time the Old Macdonald Course was opened for play, and the new layout, again designed by Tom Doak although this time alongside Jim Urbina, only added to the resort’s allure.
The course was intended to pay homage to Charles Blair Macdonald, who many see as the father of American golf course design, and since it opened for play, Golf Digest have said that it “looks like it was lifted, cleaned and placed from the West of Scotland”, which is testament to the quality of Doak and Urbina’s work.
Starting further inland, Old Macdonald moves towards the shore over the opening holes and from the 4th onwards, the majority of the remaining holes are played with the ocean acting as the perfect backdrop.
Like the classic links courses of the UK & Ireland, Old Macdonald is open and utterly exposed to the elements, and it encourages the golfer to be creative and use the lay of the land to their advantage.
The quality and range of the accommodation options at Bandon Dunes matches that of the golf courses. From the Lily Pond rooms which sit just a stone’s throw from the first tee at Bandon Dunes, to The Inn and The Lodge, both of which are popular among golfers visiting the resort, and onto the Grove Cottages, the accommodations at Bandon Dunes are designed to offer a suitable option for any itinerary.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is just off Highway 101
35-minute drive from the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport.
4 hour drive from Portland
7 hour drive from Seattle
8 hour drive from San Francisco
Daily flights to Southwest Oregon Regional airport from
San Francisco (SFO)