Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
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Club information
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is located in the United States
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Location in the United States
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is located in Oregon
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Location in Oregon
Coordinates43°11′17″N 124°23′24″W / 43.188°N 124.39°W / 43.188; -124.39Coordinates: 43°11′17″N 124°23′24″W / 43.188°N 124.39°W / 43.188; -124.39
LocationCoos County, Oregon, U.S.,
near Bandon
EstablishedMay 19, 1999; 21 years ago (1999-05-19)
Owned byMike Keiser
Total holes121
  90 regular holes
  13 par-3 holes
  18 putting holes
Websitebandondunesgolf.com
Bandon Dunes
Designed byDavid McLay Kidd
Par72
Length7,212 yards (6,595 m)
Course rating76.8
Slope rating150
Pacific Dunes
Designed byTom Doak
Par71
Length6,633 yards (6,065 m)
Course rating73.2
Slope rating143 [1]
Bandon Trails
Designed byBill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Par71
Length6,788 yards (6,207 m)
Course rating73.6
Slope rating130
Old Macdonald
Designed byTom Doak, Jim Urbina
Par71
Length6,944 yards (6,350 m)
Course rating74.4
Slope rating131
Sheep Ranch
Designed byBill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Par72
Length6,636 yards (6,068 m)
Course rating72.1
Slope rating122

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a complex of five links and a par-3 golf course on the West Coast of the United States, located alongside the Pacific Ocean in southwest Oregon, just north of the city of Bandon.

Courses[edit]

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.[2] The course was one of Kidd's early efforts in designing a golf course.[3] 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.[2] It is ranked 8th in the best links courses ranking by Golf Magazine in 2014.[4]

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.[2] 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.[5] It opened in June 2010.[6]

The fifth course, Bandon Preserve, is a Par-3 short course There are 13 holes on the course. It was also designed by Coore and Crenshaw, and the course opened on May 1, 2012.

A more recent addition to the Bandon Dunes family, The Punchbowl, is a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) putting course designed by Doak and Urbina. It opened in 2014 and 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."

The sixth and newest course, Sheep Ranch, opened on June 1, 2020. Located to the north of Old Macdonald, it has a mile of ocean frontage over a series of promontories, with several holes featuring shots over water and cliffs. The property had been a wind farm in the 1970s, but had been abandoned because the winds proved to be too intense for turbines of that era. Resort owner Mike Keiser bought the land in 2000 along with business partner Phil Friedmann, and originally intended for it to be a private course separate from the main resort. Doak and Urbina started work on the property after completing Pacific Dunes, and had completed 13 greens before Keiser and Friedmann stopped construction once locals heard about the project, fearing that the project would cause problems for the resort. For more than 15 years, the property sat largely vacant; the greens were not irrigated, and only a select number of resort guests who asked the right individuals were allowed on the incomplete course. Eventually, Keiser and Friedmann decided to incorporate this land into the resort, and enlisted Coore and Crenshaw to design a full course. Three pairs of holes that travel in different directions share teeing areas.[7]

Use of golf carts is not permitted at the resort, unless required for medical reasons.[8]

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.[9] Pacific Dunes ranked second, Bandon Dunes twelfth, and Bandon Trails as thirty-third.[9] In 2013 Golf Digest ranked Bandon Dunes (Old MacDonald) fifth in its list of the Top 50 Golf Courses for Women. [10]

Tournaments held[edit]

The United States Golf Association has staged six amateur championship tournaments at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, the most recent being the 2020 U.S. Amateur.

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,[11] and the U.S. won 11½ to 6½.[12][13]

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.[14]

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.[15] The tournaments were played on the Old Macdonald and Bandon Trails courses.[16]

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.[17] The event was held on the Pacific Dunes course.

Bandon Dunes was also the site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Old Macdonald was the primary course used for the event, with Pacific Dunes also used.

In 2020, the resort hosted the U.S. Amateur Championship for the first time. Bandon Dunes was the primary course, with Bandon Trails used as the second course for the stroke-play portion of the event.[18] Tyler Strafaci won the tournament, defeating Ollie Osborne in the final match, during which the contestants played through thick fog during the final holes.[19]

Scorecards[edit]

Bandon Dunes
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Tournament 76.8 / 150 398 220 563 443 445 217 411 385 585 3667 380 452 238 553 390 206 363 405 558 3545 7212
Black 74.1 / 143 386 189 543 410 428 161 383 359 558 3417 362 384 199 553 359 163 363 389 543 3315 6732
Green 71.4 / 133 352 155 489 362 400 153 372 342 520 3145 339 351 153 537 332 131 345 375 513 3076 6221
Gold 69.5 / 133 332 136 467 340 374 126 332 321 510 2938 302 315 129 498 320 113 301 329 471 2778 5716
Handicap Men's 13 15 3 5 1 17 7 11 9 8 2 18 6 16 14 10 12 4
Par 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 5 36 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 36 72
Orange 72.4 / 128 293 130 370 308 321 111 317 290 464 2604 251 284 98 447 288 102 250 324 424 2468 5072
Handicap Women's 9 13 1 17 7 15 5 11 3 10 12 18 6 14 16 4 8 2


Pacific Dunes
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black 73.0 / 142 370 368 499 463 199 316 464 400 406 3485 206 148 529 444 145 539 338 208 591 3148 6633
Green 70.7 / 133 304 335 476 449 181 288 436 369 379 3217 163 131 507 390 128 504 338 189 575 2925 6142
Gold 68.6 / 129 287 335 476 410 163 288 377 349 356 3041 149 114 476 371 119 492 301 164 548 2734 5775
Handicap Men's 9 11 7 3 17 13 1 5 15 14 18 6 2 16 10 12 8 4
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 36 3 3 5 4 3 5 4 3 5 35 71
Orange 69.8 / 128 253 275 452 369 133 267 314 296 268 2627 129 96 449 336 100 452 292 128 479 2461 5088
Handicap Women's 9 13 1 3 17 11 7 5 15 14 18 6 4 16 8 10 12 2


Bandon Trails
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black 73.6 / 130 392 214 549 408 133 395 440 321 567 3419 418 445 242 401 325 406 530 182 420 3369 6788
Green 71.1 / 129 356 166 532 365 124 359 406 299 522 3129 393 429 235 374 306 367 494 159 363 3120 6249
Gold 68.7 / 122 288 142 513 334 114 315 373 283 497 2859 369 398 220 354 292 323 466 138 332 2892 5751
Handicap Men's 13 17 3 5 15 9 7 11 1 10 4 18 12 14 8 2 16 6
Par 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 5 36 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 35 71
Orange 70.8 / 122 212 84 455 315 104 293 351 243 456 2513 326 382 192 308 251 296 437 128 264 2584 5097
Handicap Women's 13 17 5 7 15 9 1 11 3 10 4 18 6 14 8 2 16 12


Old Macdonald
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black 74.4 / 131 341 181 375 504 160 555 363 181 416 3076 465 445 237 346 370 535 455 546 469 3868 6944
Green 71.6 / 125 304 162 345 472 134 520 345 170 352 2804 440 399 205 319 297 482 433 515 426 3516 6320
Gold 68.0 / 116 275 139 312 441 121 467 322 152 343 2572 383 390 164 253 254 424 408 397 413 3086 5658
Handicap Men's 11 15 9 1 17 3 5 13 7 6 4 16 18 14 12 2 10 8
Par 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 34 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 5 4 37 71
Orange 70.1 / 117 242 106 244 391 100 401 311 130 284 2209 369 344 149 247 238 340 326 391 372 2776 4985
Handicap Women's 9 13 7 1 17 3 11 15 5 10 8 16 18 14 4 6 2 12


Sheep Ranch
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black 72.1 / 122 549 318 120 474 198 460 155 429 399 3102 390 529 440 510 403 321 151 326 464 3534 6636
Green 70.2 / 119 517 303 113 443 166 431 138 407 386 2904 375 506 414 485 377 303 131 314 436 3341 6245
Gold 68.1 / 111 491 282 101 415 139 401 110 382 361 2682 356 463 390 464 354 279 120 297 405 3128 5810
Handicap 5 13 17 3 11 1 15 7 9 6 4 2 10 8 14 16 12 18
Par 5 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 34 4 5 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 38 72
Orange 65.2 / 105 422 263 94 379 130 318 99 337 339 2381 316 411 318 377 325 260 102 266 388 2763 5144

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Course Rating and Slope Database: Bandon Dunes: Pacific Dunes - black tees". USGA. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Bandon Dunes: What Others are saying". Archived from the original on 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2007-01-11.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ The Best Links Courses in the World: Pacific Dunes - Golf Magazine
  5. ^ "Old Macdonald Course".
  6. ^ "Bandon Dunes: What's New". Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2010-11-26.
  7. ^ Hennessey, Stephen (June 1, 2020). "Sheep Ranch, Bandon Dunes' Highly Anticipated Fifth 18-Hole Course, Is Now Open". Golf Digest. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  8. ^ "Planning the Ultimate Bandon Dunes Golf Vacation".
  9. ^ a b "The List of 50 Greatest Courses of the Last 50 Years". Golf Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  10. ^ [1] Golf Digest, America's Top 50 Courses for Women, July 2013
  11. ^ Peterson, Anne (July 29, 2006). "Female amateurs descend on Bandon". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. B4.
  12. ^ Peterson, Anne (July 31, 2006). "Americans hoist Cup". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. D1.
  13. ^ "Bandon Dunes hosts biennial Curtis Cup Competition". ESPN. Associated Press. July 28, 2006. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  14. ^ "Fact Sheet". Official Website of the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  15. ^ "Bandon will host 2011 USGA events". USA Today. Associated Press. June 18, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  16. ^ "U.S. Men's & Women's Public Links Coming Up at Bandon Dunes". Cybergolf. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  17. ^ Gunther, John (August 8, 2013). "Bandon Dunes to host USGA in 2015". Bandon Western World. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  18. ^ "Fact Sheet". Official Website of the 2020 U.S. Amateur. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  19. ^ "Tyler Strafaci wins U.S. Amateur at foggy Bandon Dunes". ESPN. Associated Press. August 16, 2020.

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