With five courses to choose from and one impressive putting course known as the Punchbowl, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort near Bandon, Oregon continues to be one of the best golf destinations in the world.
Bandon Dunes & Pacific Dunes
The first course, designed by David McLay Kidd, was an instant success and it’s no wonder since it sits high above the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the spectacular ocean views that surround every hole, Bandon Dunes winds its way around natural dunes and native vegetation. As a ‘thinker’s course’, the winds and natural environment create a unique experience each time you play.
In the summer of 2001, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort unveiled its next course, Pacific Dunes. Designed to mimic the natural landscape once again, the fairways and natural bunkers that line the course remain preserved and left just as they were originally discovered. With enormous 60-foot sand dunes, Pacific Dunes is just enough of a challenge to test every aspect of your game. In 2005, Golfweek voted Pacific Dunes as the #1 Resort Golf Course in the country.
Bandon Trails & Old MacDonald
Owner Mike Kaiser still felt like he could push the envelope even further and called on the architectural help of Bill Coore and the design eye of Ben Crenshaw to create Bandon Trails. Unlike the first two courses, this trail does not route along the Pacific Ocean. Instead, you can experience a game that starts in the sand dunes, travels through an expansive meadow where it eventually leads up to the forest and ends back in the dunes. In 2005, Golf Odyssey named Bandon Trails as The Best Place on the Planet For Golf.
The fourth course to be added, Old Macdonald, opened in 2010 and paid tribute to the traditions and classical concepts of golf design. Inspired by Charles Blair Macdonald, Tom Doak and Jim Urbina meticulously designed this course to include intricate angles of play as well as intense bunkers.
Bandon Preserve & The Punchbowl
Bandon Preserve, a unique par-3 short course, contains 13 holes with over the top Pacific Ocean views surrounding each hole. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, this course starts high above in the sand dunes and continues to wind down towards the beach. In addition, any net proceeds from Bandon Preserve go directly to the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, which supports conservation of the southern Oregon Coast.
As the latest upgrade to the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, the Punchbowl offers golfers a 100,000 square-foot putting green. Designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina, this putting course contains dramatic slopes, unexpected contours, and is unlike any other. Mike Kaiser envisioned golfers leisurely putting around, making bets and sipping drinks all while hanging out with good friends.
By listening to the needs and wants of golfers, The Punchbowl truly embodies the essence and spirit of a friendly game of golf. Located at the base of the clubhouse, golfers can also enjoy food and drink service as well as little cup holders at every tee.
As a proud partner with Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, this is a must-add to any golfers bucket list of courses to play. Each course offers a different set of challenges and entertainment along with breathtaking views that are individual and unique to each hole.