Wander Experiences Guide: Bandon Dunes Golf
Check out this guide to golf in Bandon to put the nationally-ranked courses on your list while staying at Wander Bandon Dunes or Wander Orford Cliffs!
Bandon is located on Oregon’s coast with stunning landscapes and ocean views. The beautiful outdoors makes Bandon the ideal place to get some fresh air playing golf. Fortunately, Bandon is home to nationally recognized courses. When staying at Wander Bandon Dunes or Wander Orford Cliffs, getting some golfing in is a must!
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort does not disappoint with all five of the resort’s 18-hole courses among the top 15 public courses in the nation by Golf Digest. Each course provides guests with the experience of playing golf while looking out onto Bandon’s rugged coast. They feature stunning designs intentionally integrated into the natural elements that surround them. The company boasts a reputation for offering “golf as it was meant to be”.
To reserve tee times at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, reservations are pre-paid and made over the phone. Their number is 1-855-220-6710, and their day-pass prices are per person per 18-hole round.
Here is a rundown of each of the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort courses.
No. 7 Golf Digest National Ranking
Bandon Dunes was the first of the six courses to be established. David McLay Kidd’s design offers breathtaking scenery of the ocean and dunes. Integrated into the natural surroundings and vegetation of the area, the ongoing winds provide a challenge. Players who take on the course are advised to come with a strong strategy for their play.
No. 2 National Ranking
Designed by Tom Doak, the course works with the landscape to create an effect the effect it was born from the land. Much of the native elements are untouched, including the natural bunkers and rippling fairways. Pacific Dunes begins in a piney area extending into a 60-foot sandy dune, with a fair amount of wind offering a challenge to golfers. The course is short enough to be intermediate-friendly and rugged enough to be exciting for more advanced players.
No. 13 Golf Digest National Ranking
Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the course begins on a sand dune that gives way to a peaceful meadow. The course then soars up into a lush forest, before ending in the dunes. Bandon Trails provides a great atmosphere for playing and strolling as it is surrounded by rolling dunes and stunning ocean views.
Old MacDonald Golf Course
No. 12 Golf Digest National Ranking
The Old MacDonald Golf Course pays tribute to golf course architect Charles Blair MacDonald. The course was designed by Jim Urbina and Tom Doak aiming to create a course MacDonald would have created with the Bandon coast as a canvas. The course is characterized by challenging angles and deep bunkers offset by the lush greens of the surrounding area.
Sheep Ranch Golf Course
No. 15 Golf Digest National Ranking
Sheep Ranch was once a mysterious golf landscape located just north of the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Co-founded by Phil Friedmann and Mike Keiser, the land was renovated by the Coore & Crenshaw design team. Today, it offers nine green sites with magnificent views at every hole overlooking the ocean.
Bandon Preserve Golf Course
13 hole par 3 course
This 13 hole, par 3 course offers golfers a unique experience. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the course opened to the public in 2012. The course begins on a sand dune reaching down into a stunning beachfront with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Those who play on the course will be donating to a worthwhile cause. All net proceeds are forwarded to Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, a nonprofit that supports the South Oregon coastal region’s efforts towards conservation and community.
Eat & Drink
There are six different establishments on the grounds that provide food and drink. These include semi-casual eateries, bars, and upscale steakhouses and grills.
Know Before You Go
Golfing at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is open to anyone with reservations strongly encouraged. To reserve tee times at Bandon Dunes Golf resort, reservations are pre-paid and made over the phone. Their number is 1-855-220-6710, and their day-pass prices are per person per round.
Have a great visit!
Bandon is a great place to relax and enjoy a good game of golf. The courses listed above are sure to provide an excellent experience that will make a visit to the town worth your while. Which one sounds like it is best suited to your game?