If you can’t make it to Scotland or Ireland, the next best thing is Bandon Dunes Resort on the magnificent southern Oregon Coast. Set on rugged, wind-swept land, the resort’s four championship courses offer an unparalleled links golf experience in the U.S.
At Bandon Dunes, the courses have massive sand dunes, giant shore pine trees and Pacific Ocean panoramas. You’ll love the tight lies, tall grasses, pot bunkers, blustery winds, crashing waves and other engaging elements of these adroitly designed, walking-only courses.
A distinguished group of golf architects preserved the integrity and beauty of the land with an emphasis on expansive ocean views. The line-up includes Bandon Dunes (David McLay Kidd), Pacific Dunes (Tom Doak), Bandon Trails (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw) and Old MacDonald (Tom Doak/Jim Urbina). Pacific Dunes is ranked #3 and Bandon Dunes is ranked #7 on Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses”.
Enhancing the overall experience of this golf-centric resort is a top-notch caddie program; Bandon Preserve, a 13-hole, par-3 course; The Punchbowl, a 100,000 square-foot putting green; a practice center spanning more than 50 acres with a one-acre putting green and Shorty’s, a 9-hole, par-3 practice layout.
After walking the undulating courses, you’ll retire to overnight accommodations set in relative seclusion where you’ll revive with a great night’s sleep. There are five different choices that include single rooms at in the Lodge and four-bedroom Grove Cottages.
Complementing the world-class golf and comfortable lodging is an exceptional line-up of six unique restaurants and lounges. The options range from the Gallery Restaurant, with its innovatively prepared Pacific Northwest cuisine and impressive wine list to McKee’s Pub, where pub food favorites, local microbrews and classic single malt scotches are the draw.
Bandon Dunes Resort has become more accessible with recently debuted United Airlines nonstop flights from Denver to North Bend.