"Golf as it was meant to be." 

That's been the motto at Bandon Dunes since it opened with one course in the late 1990's, and that same philosophy is still very much in evidence today.  The courses are meant to be walked (and you wouldn't want it any other way), and carts are not allowed except in special circumstances.  With three world class courses, a fourth on the drawing boards, and talk of a fifth, Bandon Dunes has quickly become one of the top golf destinations in the world.  Such a distinction is almost unthinkable given Bandon Dunes' location on the remote southern Oregon coast.  But the hearts and minds of golfers are clearly in the forefront as this ultimate golfing resort continues to evolve.

The resort centers around the Lodge and ancillary buildings of Bandon Dunes, the first of the courses to open.  In addition to guestrooms, the Lodge houses the resort's main restaurant and bar, a cigar bar, fitness center, guest business center with internet access, gift shop, and living room style lobby area.  With a full range of beverage and light food options, the bar, which overlooks the 18th green, is a primary gathering spot for after-round drinks and post-mortems.  For those who didn't play so well, the pub might be the preferred after-round watering hole.  If you happen to be hungry, all the better.  Food prices are a little lower here than in the Lodge.  And it's all good.  Other on-resort dining options are at the clubhouses for Pacific Dunes and Bandon Trails, both of which serve fairly limited breakfast and lunch menus.  Though the food is fine at both, neither of these options appear to be popular, which make them a great choice.  Because of the 18th green and 1st tee views, Bandon Trails clubhouse is a personal favorite breakfast spot.

Accommodations are first class, though again built with the golfer in mind; what more do we need than a bed, bathroom, and satellite TV with remote?  With Lodge rooms for singles, to 4-bedroom condo style units, the resort can accommodate groups of almost any size.  Golfers hoping to save a little money might try and find lodging in the nearby town of Bandon, but in doing so, they will be unable to book tee times more than two weeks out, and risk not being able to play.  And, greens fees are higher for those not staying at the resort.

The golf......  Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes are both links style courses, with few trees and rolling fairways hard against a coastline which affords spectacular views.  Pacific Dunes, named by Golf Digest as the #1 "public" course in the country, is the tighter of the two, sometimes requiring long carries over beach grass and dunes to seemingly narrow gorse-lined fairways.  But both courses are easily playable, even for high handicappers.  Bandon Trails starts in the dunes, then transitions into forest land before again finishing with 17 and 18 back in the dunes.  Trails is the longest of the three courses, but fairways are relatively generous.  You're liable to lose a lot of balls if you can't keep it in them though.  It's the Pacific Northwest, so it's a rare day when at least one element - wind, rain, or cold - isn't a playing factor.  But because of the sandy soil, it's also a rare day when weather elements render the courses unplayable.  Some see it as a badge of honor to tee it up in 50 mph winds and driving horizontal rain.

If you don't golf you will likely feel out of place and without much to do while at this resort , though there are a few trails, most notably to a miles-long deserted beach.  Follow the trails west to Cut Creek to see the century old wreck of the Acme. The small town of Bandon, with its' Old Town collection of nice shops and restaurants, is only five miles south. 

Additionally, there is fishing, beach combing, bird watching, boating, crabbing, rock hunting, horseback riding, storm watching, whale watching, spectacular photography, kayaking, and dozens of other things to occupy the non golfer and those otherwise able to appreciate what nature provided this beautiful area. Amazingly, some people never venture outside this resort and then later think they've seen all Bandon has to offer. As you've read here, nothing could be further from the truth!

Bandon Dunes as seen from Bandon Trails 

Bandon Dunes as seen from Bandon Trails

Rainy day on the 18th at Bandon Dunes, as seen from the Lodge bar

 

#1 green at Bandon Trails

#18 green and #1 fairway at Bandon Trails, as seen from the clubhouse