Dunes was the first course to open at Bandon in 1999, and was designed by the young Scottish architect David McLay Kidd, who did the new Castle course in St. Andrews. From the championship tees, it's 6732 yards, 73.9 course rating, and a 142 slope. It's routed along the Pacific through the natural lay of the land and fully exposed to the elements with natural vegetation that's similar to the gorse, fescue, and marram of the British Isles' links courses. It's what got it all started here, and for good reason, it's a visually stunning course with views of the Pacific on almost every hole, very well conditioned, and extremely challenging even on calm days, which are few. One of the better examples of a real links style of golf in the U.S., and not to be missed. There's a lodge here, stay three or four days, play each course, in the summer, play 36 a day. They provide you with a caddie who stays with you the whole time you're here, which was extremely helpful, and added a lot to the overall experience.