Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Club information
Coordinates43°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
LocationCoos County, near Bandon, Oregon, U.S.
EstablishedMay 19, 1999
Bandon Dunes
Designed byDavid McLay Kidd
Length6,732 yards
Course rating73.9
Pacific Dunes
Designed byTom Doak
Course rating72.6
Bandon Trails
Designed byBill Coore,
Ben Crenshaw
Course rating73.4
Old Macdonald
Designed byTom Doak, Jim Urbina

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a complex of four links and a par-3 golf course, located just north of the city of Bandon, Oregon, U.S.


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] It is ranked 8th in the best links courses ranking by Golf Magazine in 2014.[3]

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.[4] It opened in June 2010.[5]

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 (9,300 m2) 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."

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]

Tournaments held[edit]

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 women's amateur team competition between the United States and Great Britain/Ireland. The matches took place on the Pacific Dunes course.[8]

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.[9]

Bandon Dunes hosted 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.[10] The tournaments were played on the Old Macdonald and Bandon Trails courses.[11]

In 2015, the resort hosted the first-ever U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball, an event the USGA created to replace the Public Links, which was discontinued.[12] The event was held on the Pacific Dunes course.

Bandon Dunes is also the site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championships.



  1. ^ a b c "Bandon Dunes: What Others are saying".
  2. ^ James, Marty (November 13, 2011). "Course designer David McLay Kidd creates a jewel in Bandon Dunes". Napa Valley Register. Napa, California: Lee Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  3. ^ The Best Links Courses in the World: Pacific Dunes - Golf Magazine
  4. ^ "Old Macdonald Course".
  5. ^ "Bandon Dunes: What's New".
  6. ^ "Planning the Ultimate Bandon Dunes Golf Vacation".
  7. ^ a b "The List of 50 Greatest Courses of the Last 50 Years". Golf Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  8. ^ "Bandon Dunes hosts biennial Curtis Cup Competition". ESPN. Associated Press. July 28, 2006. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "Fact Sheet". Official Website of the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "Bandon will host 2011 USGA events". USA Today. Associated Press. June 18, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  11. ^ "U.S. Men's & Women's Public Links Coming Up at Bandon Dunes". Cybergolf. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  12. ^ Gunther, John (August 8, 2013). "Bandon Dunes to host USGA in 2015". Bandon Western World. Retrieved July 23, 2014.

External links[edit]

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