Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
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Fantastic Bandon Dunes Oct, 2004 vacation!
Spent 5 unforgetable nights at the resort, 10/04. The clean and very nicely decorated room at the Lillypond, fireplace and very convenient. Fantastic after golf massage by Suzanne A. My husband and I were amazed at the quality of the golf experience (use a caddy for sure!), the views unbeatable, staff very friendly and the food outstanding. We are planning our next visit already. The town of historic Bandon is cute and charming for an alternative to golf. Bring comfortable shoes, that 6 mile walk (on either course) is beautiful but challenging. Wonderful experience!
The Hype is reality...A dream Golf Trip
The best of the best. Staff, Courses and Hotel A+. Enjoy Scotland without leaving the US. Besides great golf, great retail, awesome food and wine. Chef is the best in Pac West. Not to mention the smiles you get from staffers. Management of resort is top notch. The HYPE is reality.
Loved the caddy
We stayed at bandon dunes June 2004 and was very disappointed in every aspect except the caddy that we had. The staff were very rude and made us feel like we were on a free ride and weren't paying to stay there. The food was better at mcdonalds than it was at the Lodge Resteraunt. But we had a fantastic caddy. Rodney Young. He was friendly and fun, yet professional and knew the game and both courses well. He's been there since the start and is a Senior Caddy, so he's one of the best. We've played golf all over the world and I would Rate Bandon Dunes a 3 out of 10, but would rate our Caddy, Rodney a 9. If we were to go back, we wouldn't stay at Bandon Dunes, but we would ask Rodney to be our caddy again. He made my game better and we really enjoyed ourselves.
I played Bandon Dunes for the first time Wednesday 8/4/04, our tee time was 11:10. We had breakfast in the lodge and I must say that I am not an omlette man but theirs was excellent. I am not a good golfer (28 handicap) and was a bit worried. But I had taken a lesson before we played and happened to be driving like never before. Our caddie was John the Baptist and I don't think we could have asked for a better one. If you play ask for him, I found that he saved me at least 10 strokes. I don't remember three putting all day and I can attribute that to The Baptists reads. The course was absolutely beautiful, the greens were very firm but deceptive to read and not as fast as you might think. I drove the ball like I never had before and may have even beaten my personal best (96) but the devils a--hole and other bunkers made sure I was in triple digits. The two gentleman that we played with had pull carts and seemed to be having a little trouble on some of the stairs (get a caddie). The wind was not that strong on this day but I understand that it usually is. It is fairly tough to walk, we were told about 7 miles. Bottom line phenomenal experience.
True links heaven
OK, so we had beautiful weather. On a golf vacation the weather is obviously a factor. I have played golf all over the world and this resort has moved to the top of the list. If you want to experience the true links experience go to Bandon. Pure fun!
The staff at the resort couldnt have been friendlier and the accomodations are near perfect. The food was also excellent. The only part of the trip I didn't like at all was having to leave.
Not worth 200.00 to play here.
I played Pacific Dunes on July 28, 2004. My tee time was 7:10 a.m. and it was drizzly, already windy, with temps in the fifties. By the end of the round, from about 11:00 on, the wind was gusting over 50 mph making play almost impossible. Neither of the two courses at Bandon Dunes are user -friendly for pull carts. There are many stairways with no alternate paths for pull carts, and I had to use the assistance of playing partners on several occasions to help me get my cart up the steps. The bathrooms were unkempt and dirty. The wooden planks that are used for paths became wet and extremely slick in the drizzle and were hazardous for alternative spikes .......not fun falling on your butt after shelling out 200 bucks to play. I played Bandon Dunes the next day on July 29th, and the situation was similar. The staff was so-so.....not a lot of smiles. On the positive side, the layout of both courses was great, although only a few holes on each course actually have ocean views. But there's wind and then there was this.......and this was in the middle of the summer. The remote location makes the courses difficult to reach and, coupled with severe weather conditions (which are the rule in all seasons) and exorbitant green fees, makes this a place I won't return to. Both courses have a long way to go before they can bill themselves as a top west coast golf destination.
The Best of the Best
As PAK the caddy said..."Golf Digest described Pacific Dunes as the only course where you say WOW! on each and every hole". The entire Bandon Resort was awesome, it smokes Pebble Beach! The staff was awesome, the food was wonderful and the two golf courses...just terrific. I'm a 9 cap and loved Pac Dunes, my mid cap friends loved Bandon Dunes. Both courses make the experience unforgettable.
Take a caddy for sure and yes your dogs will be barking, especially if you walk 36 like we did.
Lodging is very reasonable, clean and roomy.
I heard the Crenshaw course will resemble Pine Valley. You have to do Bandon once in your life.
Thank you to my wife for letting me take a trip to heaven for my 45th birthday!
Old Tom Morris' Ghosts Haunts These Hallowed Grounds!
My three adult sons and I just returned from 4 days at the Bandon Dunes/Pacific Dunes complex of golf courses (2 days of each course).
The accomodations were fantastic (Lily Pond), the food superb, Mulligans pub a delight (especially with the lovely Karla) and the entire staff fantastic! "Fast Eddie" in the pro shop, the "Shoe" in the bag room and "John The Baptist" my caddy made it very memorable. First of all, leave your 3 wood and 60 degree wedge in your room because not one person in a hundred can hit either club correctly even 50% of the time. Very tough and "tight" lies, bring your 5 wood and a 54 degree wedge. The soil is perfect for divots with it's firm sandy mix. Greens are a little bumpy and not so fast (in the Scottish/Irish flavor) they don't have the lush grass that you may be used to at home. I promise you at least 3-4 putts in two days that will scare the hell out of you in length (75-100 ft.) Three putting is not a sin here, it's a right of passage! Second, GET A CADDY! Don't try to play these courses on your own or you'll be very sorry. Lots of dips, bumps and grinds to bounce off of and they'll tell you where to hit it. We played the "black" tees and got a full dose of every club in the bag. Not sure how anyone would play the "grey" tournament tees behind us and keep their sanity. Most people who are not totally disfuncational will play from the "green" tees. The walking is fairly strenuous even for a links course, lots of ups and downs even if you hit it right down the sprinkler system. Bring your most comfortable and broke in golf shoes. Dare I also say maybe a pair of running shoes if you play 3 or 4 days. Your feet, lower legs and back will let you know when after the first day no matter how much you walk at home. Don't forget maybe a pair of gel insoles, not one pair could be found within 100 miles. Sounds tough? Ha! I've played all over the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii, nothing even comes close to the difficulty and shot making that you will find at these courses. We are all single digit to low double digit handicaps and we were whipped when we finished but ecstatic and overwhelmed at the beauty of the courses and setting. DON'T foget your camera and several rolls of film, assuming you have the energy to snap the shot.
Weather was beautiful, 3 days of glorious sunshine/wind and one day of North Sea mist (blowing, raining and cold); loved that day the best. I now know why it is so difficult to win the British Open!!!! Better learn how to "knock down" shots or the gorse will eat you alive.
Brilliantly yellow and very pretty but if the balls goes in just let it go and drop with the local lateral hazard rule. Sand, good luck, it's powdery and soft, if you get in the Devil's A--hole or Double Duzzy leave a farewell note to your family! You'll figure it out when you see them and their 30-40 steep faces. This is far and away the best golf experience that my sons and I could have shared together. It truly is a right of passage and when you go back to your local course, it will seem like a pussy cat! If this is not golf Heaven, well you can at least see it from here. One last thing, the Crenshaw course will be finished next year and they tell us that it will be more difficult than Bandon or Pacific! Can't wait for next Spring Break and getting beat up again! If I died today it would take the mortician two weeks to get the smile off of my face!!!!
Larry Rook Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
If you are a golfer, plan a trip!
This resort is top-notch. The service, the food, the room at the Lodge, the golf courses, the grounds, the coastline.....all make for a perfect vacation. I am just an average golfer (shoot an average of 105 per 18 holes), so these two courses were very difficult for me. I found out on or last day that I could have walked the course for free with my husband. I would have enjoyed the scenery much more and not been such a burden to the other players. I will never forget this place. The service is incredible! The drive along Highway #101 is incredible - the Pacific Ocean pounding into the rocks and cliffs! Bring lots of film! I highly recommend this resort and if you enjoy challenging Links-style golf, this is the vacation for you!
Believe the hype!
Honestly, playing GOLF at Bandon/Pacific Dunes was a bonus. The staff was absolutely fantastic! They truly went above and beyond for each and every one of their guests. The food at the restaurants was quite good and while I don't drink, the beer and wine list was extensive. We stayed in one of the Lily Pad rooms which had a small balcony overlooking a natural lily pond. There were two queen beds, a gas fireplace, a very comfortable leather chair and ottoman, and the largest shower I've ever seen in a resort room. The practice facility has several stalls and plenty of targets on one side, and chipping/putting on the other. We also had unlimited range balls with our room key. The clubhouse also boasts a pub, a great pro shop, exercise gym and spa. Both Bandon and Pacific were as beautiful as the pictures I'm sure you've seen. Both courses are drain very, very well and are challenging, but if the weather is windy and/or rainy, be ready for the challenge of your life! I truly can't express how perfect our weekend was at Bandon Dunes. We'll probably try and go once a year for their winter special. Don't forget to bring your camera! If you enjoy golf coupled with luxury accomodations, don't hesitate make the trip to Bandon Dunes.
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... fun! Except for the part where we almost froze to death! It would have been so much fun on a hot summer day. We had a late lunch at an A&W that still had drive up service with car hops bringing your food out to your car and hanging the tray on your window! Bring on the seafood for dinner! We went to Local Seafood for dinner. There was a 1/2 hour wait, so we went for a walk along the waterfront. This is where the fishing boats dock and unload their catch at ...
... apart from obviously being on a lead, for example) - they were allowed to wonder around and play whilst people stroked them. For each animal, basic verbal information was provided and guests were instructed on how to 'pet' them - gently, away from the head and mouth. We managed to stroke a baby Lynx cub, bear cub, groundhog, possum, ferrets, fox, skunk and a tiger cub. It was an amazing experience, one that we may never get again. The animals were only 'restrained' by ...
... the Pacific Ocean. Although a small campground, it was really nice. We had a great campsite and there was a great bridge to walk over into town and great beaches as well. This was on the bay side, but still as beautiful as the ocean. Alsea Bay is one of the top locations in Oregon for crabbing. We saw plenty of seals while we were here.
On Monday, 9/8 we travelled further south down the coast to the town ...
... ve come this far believing the forecast of a sunbreak tomorrow and hoping to spend a couple days here. For now, we have set a new record. In the tent, picnic dinner at 5:30. And yes, it's raining.
Raccoons broke into the Action Packer food box and ate Bobby's cocoa mix. My rum was saved by my quick reaction in scaring them off with a J.W. Speaker ...
... green. The Ranger encouraged everyone to walk around and lift up the seaweed, move the rocks, and see what you could find but just walk carefully and put things back where you found them. This was a kids dream come true! We saw critons, hermit crabs, and star fish that were yellow, orange, purple, and a bright red one. There was some students from the Institute of Marine Biology that were ...