Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
|Location||Coos County, near Bandon, Oregon, USA|
|Established||May 19, 1999|
|Designed by||David McLay Kidd|
|Designed by||Tom Doak|
|Designed by||Bill Coore,
|Designed by||Tom Doak, Jim Urbina|
The first course at the resort, Bandon Dunes, opened on May 19, 1999. Bandon Dunes was designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd, and it instantly garnered high praise. The course was one of Kidd's early efforts in designing a golf course. Since opening, the original golf course on property has been adjusted. Alterations include significant amounts of gorse removal and a rerouting of the par 3, second hole. Bandon Dunes is traditionally home to resort guest's lowest scores, thanks to its forgiving landing areas off the tee and mildly to moderately undulated green complexes.
The resort's second course, Pacific Dunes, opened on July 1, 2001. Pacific Dunes was designed by Michigan architect Tom Doak, and sculpted by his design firm, Renaissance Design, Inc. Pacific Dunes also opened to glowing reviews and quickly surpassed Bandon Dunes as the highest-rated course on the property. Pacific Dunes was rated the number one resort golf course in the country in 2005 by Golfweek magazine, placing just ahead of Pebble Beach. It as ranked 8th in the best links courses ranking by Golf Magazine in 2014.
The resort's third course, Bandon Trails, was designed by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Bandon Trails opened on June 1, 2005. Bandon Trails departs from its siblings in that no holes are routed along the Pacific Ocean. The course meanders through dunes, meadows, and forest land. Upon its opening, Golf Odyssey, the preeminent newsletter devoted to golf travel, named Bandon Dunes, The Best Place on the Planet for Golf.
The fifth course, Bandon Preserve, is a Par-3 short course There are 13 holes on the course. It was also designed by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and the course opened on May 1, 2012.
The newest addition to the Bandon Dunes family, The Punchbowl, is a 100,000-square-foot putting course designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina. It opened in 2014. It is adjacent to the first tee at Pacific Dunes. It has 18 holes and takes about an hour to play. The area is a collection of natural hollows. Punchbowl is a longstanding design concept by golf architects. The 18th hole at Old Macdonald shares the same principles and is aptly named “Punchbowl.”
In 2009, Golf Magazine named the three courses existing at that time to its list of the 50 best courses built in the last 50 years. Pacific Dunes ranked second, Bandon Dunes twelfth, and Bandon Trails as thirty-third.
The United States Golf Association has staged four amateur championship tournaments at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, with a fifth scheduled for 2015.
The USGA first came to Bandon Dunes in 2006, staging the Curtis Cup, a biennial amateur team competition between the United States and Great Britain/Ireland. The matches took place on the Pacific Dunes course.
The next year, 2007, saw the resort host the U.S. Mid-Amateur Golf Championship. Bandon Dunes was the primary course for the event, with Bandon Trails used as the second course for the stroke-play portion of the event.
Bandon Dunes was named as the site of both the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links and the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links championship tournaments. It was the first time the USGA held the men's and women's Public Links events jointly. The tournaments were played on the Old Macdonald and Bandon Trails courses.
In 2015, the resort will host the first-ever U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball, an event the USGA created to replace the Public Links, which is being discontinued. The event will be held on the Bandon Dunes course.
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