Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Club information
Coordinates 43°11′18″N 124°23′25″W / 43.188221°N 124.390174°W / 43.188221; -124.390174Coordinates: 43°11′18″N 124°23′25″W / 43.188221°N 124.390174°W / 43.188221; -124.390174
Location Coos County, near Bandon, Oregon, USA
Established May 19, 1999
Bandon Dunes
Designed by David McLay Kidd
Par 72
Length 6,732 yards
Course rating 73.9
Pacific Dunes
Designed by Tom Doak
Par 71
Length 6,633
Course rating 72.6
Bandon Trails
Designed by Bill Coore,
Ben Crenshaw
Par 71
Length 6,765
Course rating 73.4
Old Macdonald
Designed by Tom Doak, Jim Urbina
Par 71
Length 6,978

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a complex of five golf courses located just north of the city of Bandon, Oregon, United States.


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.[1] The course was one of Kidd's early efforts in designing a golf course. [2] 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.[1]

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.[1] Upon its opening, Golf Odyssey, the preeminent newsletter devoted to golf travel, named Bandon Dunes, The Best Place on the Planet for Golf.

The fourth course, Old Macdonald (in honor of Charles Blair Macdonald), was designed by a team led by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina.[3] It opened in June 2010.[4]

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 United States Golf Association selected Bandon Dunes Golf Resort as the site of the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links and the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links championship tournaments. The resort previously hosted two USGA events, the 2006 Curtis Cup and the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur Golf Championship.[5]

Use of golf carts is not permitted at the resort, unless required for medical reasons.[6]

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.[7] Pacific Dunes ranked second, Bandon Dunes twelfth, and Bandon Trails as thirty-third.[7]