Pacific Dunes was designed by Tom Doak in 2001, and put Doak on the map as a notable golf course architect, although he'd done a number of fine designs previously.
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 6,600 yards, 133 slope from the tips, but a tough layout with the wind always up. A real challenge, but the total experience is excellent, a special course in a stunning and serene environment.