Bandon Dunes

57744 Round Lake Dr
Bandon, OR 97411
541-347-4380
Pricing: $151 - $199
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Current Member Rating

Rating: 3.8

Pace of Play

4

Greens

4

Service

4

Value

4

Design/Layout

5

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Dunes was the first course to open at Bandon in 1999, and was designed by the young Scottish architect David McLay Kidd, who also designed the new Castle course in St. Andrews.

From the championship tees, it's 6,732 yards, 73.9 course rating, and a 142 slope, with a variety of shorter tee boxes. It's routed along the Pacific through the existing 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, 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.



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Posted by: efarrior

Jul 20th, 2012

The Dunes course has the best views of all the courses at Bandon, along with some fantastic holes, wonderful time, the caddies were indespensible, I only hope I have the chance to return.

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Posted by: RobZienert

Jun 11th, 2011

If you're looking for lush, manicured conditioning, this is not the place for you. Flying the ball to the hole, putting spin on your approach, not a chance. Greens running 9 inches on the stimpmeter and not much in slope. If you're seeking golf carts to escort you around the course, forget about it. Golf as it was meant to be. It's an acquired taste mirroring the links style of golf played in Scotland and Ireland, the resort's courses are similar in design and playability to those across the pond. A caddie to start you off is the way to go. They certainly know the lay of the land, from yardages to reading the greens, so they are worth the fee. If you decide to stroll, take a pull cart instead of toting your bag and buy a yardage book. The elements will certainly come into play, but this is links golf, keep the ball low into the wind and take advantage when the breeze is at your back. On approaches take one fewer club, as the firmness of the course will allow you to bounce the ball up to the hole. Your putter or fairway metal from around the greens will be your go-to club. Trying to check a chip shot will not work. The putting surfaces are slick and undulating, so listen to your caddie, who knows the line, and they don't always break towards the ocean. Don't be embarrassed by playing shorter tees, it's not a crime. If you think you can handle over 7,000 yards when the wind is blowing 30-35 miles per hour and gusting to 50, go for it. You'll hate yourself by the end of the day. Course conditioning is similar to playing in the UK: generous fairways that play firm and fast. Bunkers that penalize your round and a course that's open to the elements. One third of the course runs alongside the Pacific, while the remainder of the holes provide plenty of great views. The course was very enjoyable and quite a challenge, but several holes like number 18 in particular were very pedestrian. This can be said for the ninth, 13th and 14th holes as well. When all is said and done, it's worth the trip if your bank account can handle it. The courses at the resort are top notch, enjoyable, challenging and eye popping. The accommodations are not overstated, just the right style to handle the boys on a golfing excursion. Good golf, food, friends and fun. All I know is, my bucket list just got shorter.

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Posted by: mutiger97

Jul 7th, 2010

I was just at Bandon, played 7 Rounds in 4 days - 2 Old Mac, 2 Pac Dunes, 2 Tralis, and 1 Bandon Dunes. I really enjoy playing Trails and sometimes have a hard time deciding between Trails and Pacific Dunes for 2 and 3. I also have a hard time explaining why Bandon Dunes is at the bottom of the list, but I just don't enjoy the round as much on Bandon Dunes as on the other courses. I know they had to do it, but I really hated how much gorse has been removed on Bandon Dunes, especially on Number 5.

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Posted by: dyland

Mar 13th, 2010

The front nine gave me time to adjust to the style of the Dunes course, a links-style setup with wide fairways featuring strategically placed bunkers that made me think hard about each tee shot. Tight lies from the sand-based fairways also valued the skill of playing the ball along the ground and, as the starter had alluded to, an opportunity to use the putter from far outside its usual range. Closely-cut fairways and a lack of fringe made it hard to tell exactly where the green started and the fairway ended, which highlighted a key aspect of links golf: It isn’t about hitting the green or going for the flag as much as it is about leaving yourself in the right position for the next shot—on the green or not.The front nine had wandered through vegetation and fescue and had made it out to the ocean’s edge but seemed, ultimately, to be a setup to the dramatic back nine. Holes 14-17 played right along the dune-covered cliff and overlooked the ocean and the day’s fading light

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Posted by: Jim Mullins

Feb 16th, 2010

Played Bandon Trails today and Pacific Dunes yesterday, well, it was typical Bandon, wind blew really hard both days with rain on and off, so far from ideal conditons. A tip, Trails is somewhat protected from the wind so it makes it a little easier to get around when it's blowing hard like today. Saw Old Mac from 14 tee at Pacific and it's looking ... really good. 14 at Pacific was playing 135 actual yards, after leaving my 4 iron 30 yards short. for fun I took out my driver and crushed it, landed 10 yards over the green, a whopping 150 yarder. Like I said it was blowing

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Posted by: JeremyN

Nov 8th, 2009

The 17th hole has one of the best views in golf from the tee box. The view of of large dunes below you with the massive gorse bushes set between the Pacific Ocean and course. The hole plays away from the ocean, but also has very good risk/reward options and plays to an elevated green. The finishing hole at Bandon is a weak par five, but otherwise the course is brilliant.

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Posted by: pate

Oct 31st, 2009

My first time at Bandon, and I thought it was a beautiful setting. Course was in great shape. Fairways, rough, and greens were cut expertly. Traps were well sanded and recently raked. Drainge was great for the entire course in spite of the deluge of rain over the weekend. Cost is a little steep but probably worth it for a round or two a year.

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