Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
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Hullo from Bandon. The trip here was only a couple of hours and relatively fog free. Bandon is a cute little town with a great waterfront.
We had rain for the first time on the trip this afternoon and it reminded us of being in ...
... walking through the botanical gardens, then went to the observation building where there was information about Grey Whales that live in the area. We looked for them for a bit but didn't see any. We rode our bikes back to the campground then headed to the beach where Bruce and Cohen joined us after golf.
There was a Jr. Park Ranger program at the interpretive center where the boys played ...
... to do a little exploring. There is a county park 2 miles east of the state park that draws us. We drive to the park only to find that it is a boat launch. We drive a mile or two farther up the road. An overlook at the Bandon Marsh has a lot of informational signage. We learn that the marsh was reclaimed by farmers and ranchers by building dams. The dams dried the marshland. Viola! Wet land became dry fertile land- good for farmers and ranchers. Not so good ...
... from high school, to every light in Oregon and photograph him at each of those places.
At least 4 Canadian couples visited yesterday. One of those couples rode in on motorcycles. I assumed that they had trailered the bikes to this location but no, they had ridden them from home, Edmonton! That's not all, they are heading south for the winter. They are traveling to Argentina! Holy Smokes, talk about cast iron butts as one visitor ...
... us onwards to a place called 'prehistoric gardens' where we got out to investigate...it was awesome! They had loads of fake plastic dinosaur statues outside and inside the little gift shop there were loads of dinosaur related things and even a three wolf moon t-shirt! Laura was going to get it but they only had kids sizes, which she was gutted about.
After playing dinosaurs for a while we hit the road again. Graeme stopped at a place called ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
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.
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!
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).
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!
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.