Pacific Dunes was designed by Tom Doak in 2001, and really put Doak on the map as a golf course architect, although he'd done a number of fine designs prior to it. It's a classic minimalist course routed over the existing terrain and vegetation, much like you'd find in Ireland or Scotland. The fairways are rumpled and rolling in their natural contours as the course is routed through the sand dunes of the coastline. The course is not all that long at 6600 yards, 133 slope, but I'll bet the rating was done when it was calm, cause it's a tough course with the wind always up. To me, it was the most difficult course here, not so much on the drives, but on approach to the well protected greens, not much room for error. A real challenge, but the total experience is excellent, a special course, in a stunning and serene environment.