Bandon Dunes is true to the spirit of Scotland’s ancient links.
Here, players immerse themselves in the traditions of a timeless game and the grandeur of Oregon’s rugged coast. Sweeping, untamed shores stretch for miles. Primeval grassy dunes roll to the sea.
Golf was born on rugged, wind-swept land just like this. Every hole, every hazard, every shot is defined by nature’s infinite presence. As the elements change, so does the game. It’s all part of the tradition of links golf. Lies are tight and conditions are lean. Bounce and roll are a better measure of quality than color. Mastery of the ground game becomes a more important skill than raw power. The ingenious and inventive player is rewarded with multiple options on nearly every shot. Amongst the massive dunes and hearty pines, you’ll discover golf in its purest state. Where nature is embraced, not conquered. And where the traditions of a time-honored game yield to an experience unlike any other.
Six distinct links courses have been conceived in harmony with the natural environment. They combine with all the essential elements to reveal a new golf experience every time you play. The soul of the game resides here. Players walk. And at the end of the day, gracious hospitality comforts each guest like a warm, friendly embrace. Those six courses, in order of when they opened, are Bandon Dunes (1999), Pacific Dunes (2001), Bandon Trails (2005), Old Macdonald (2010), Bandon Preserve (2012), Sheep Ranch (2020).
This is Bandon Dunes. This is golf as it was meant to be.
BANDON DUNES GOLF COURSE (Architect: David McLay Kidd, 1999)
Bandon Dunes golf course is perched on a bluff high above the Pacific Ocean. Bandon Dunes unfolds along pristine native dunes where expansive ocean views are revealed on nearly every hole. The course is completely natural and routed through an environment of indigenous vegetation. Beyond breathtaking scenery lies the game of golf in its truest form. This is a thinker’s course. Winds are ever-present, and the varying elements create a new experience each time you play.
PACIFIC DUNES GOLF COURSE (Architect: Tom Doak, 2001)
Pacific Dunes is remarkably different in character and shot-making requirements than the other courses. Pacific Dunes doesn’t feel like it was built as much as it was discovered. Rippling fairways remain just as they were found and natural bunkers line the landscape as they have for centuries. The course emerges from shore pines to spectacular 60-foot sand dunes. When the wind blows, precise approach shots are a necessity. Pacific Dunes is short enough to give you hope but rugged enough to test every facet of your game.
BANDON TRAILS GOLF COURSE (Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, 2005)
When Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw began working in the sand to uncover this third course, they faced the challenge of following Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes. Opened in 2005, Bandon Trails begins atop a massive sand dune, then quickly opens into a sprawling meadow. The routing then works higher into the coastal forest, before finally returning to finish in the dunes. The course is enjoyable to walk and is a constant reminder of how the game was originally created among inland rolling dunes with dramatic ocean vistas.
OLD MACDONALD GOLF COURSE (Architect: Tom Doak with Jim Urbina, 2010)
The fourth course at Bandon Dunes pays homage to golf course architect Charles Blair Macdonald by asking one simple question: What would Macdonald have created had the Oregon Coast been his canvas? Inspired by Macdonald’s iconic work, course architects Tom Doak and Jim Urbina crafted a course that seeks the answer upon vast greens, among myriad angles of play, and from the depths of fierce bunkers. By celebrating these classic concepts of design, Bandon Dunes’ honors the traditions of this beloved game.
SHEEP RANCH GOLF COURSE (Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, 2020)
Renovated by the world-class design team of Coore & Crenshaw and co-founded by Phil Friedmann and Mike Keiser, the Sheep Ranch was for many years a mysterious golf landscape just north of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Now with one mile of ocean frontage, nine green sites right along the edge of the continent and stunning Pacific Ocean views on every hole, Sheep Ranch continues the legacy of “Golf As It Was Meant to Be” on the Pacific Coast.
BANDON PRESERVE GOLF COURSE (Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, 2012)
A unique experience in every way, Bandon Preserve is a 13-hole par-3 course that delivers a level of enjoyment matched only by the spectacular views. Bandon Preserve begins high atop a sand dune and rolls down toward the beach. The Pacific Ocean provides the backdrop to every hole. All net proceeds go directly to the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance , an organization that supports conservation, community, and economy on the southern Oregon Coast.
Bandon Dunes was created for one purpose, the pure enjoyment of golf. In order to help you prepare, there’s a practice facility on site that allows you to perfect every shot required on the six courses.
Practice Center is approximately 50 acres.
Clubhouse with complimentary coffee and tea.
Two full practice ranges — one hitting north and one hitting south.
A one-acre practice green.
Two short game practice areas for chip, pitch, bunker, and bump-and-run shots.
Day Guest Passes for $10 are available in any of the resort’s golf shops.
Shorty’s golf course
SHORTY’S GOLF COURSE (Architect: David McLay Kidd, 2000)
Shorty’s, a 9-hole par three practice course designed by David McLay Kidd, is named after the late caretaker and self-proclaimed “mayor, governor, and sheriff” of Bandon Dunes, Shorty Dow. Shorty’s is open four afternoons per week. Although Shorty’s is a complimentary amenity for guests, an “Honor Box” for donations is located in the Practice Center Clubhouse. All donations help further the growth and development of the resort’s Junior Golf Program as well as the Evan’s Caddie Program for aspiring college students. Bandon Dunes’ staff of PGA Professionals are available for a wide range of instruction. Clinics and academies also are available. Call (888) 345-6008 for reservations.
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