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 colour. 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-honoured game yield to an experience unlike any other. Every course at Bandon Dunes emulates the Great Scottish Links Courses, with a touch of Oregon’s charm and Bandon’s mystery.
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, we honour the traditions of this game we love.
Old Macdonald Golf Course departs from the like-minded designs of Bandon and Pacific Dunes respectively; fairways are very forgiving, and greens are enormous. In fact, when playing the first hole and cresting the first ridge, you can see the entire expanse of the course with the Pacific Ocean as the blue divider between heaven and earth. Though large fairways and greens make for a simple round of golf on paper, Old Macdonald has a few tricks up its sleeves: the course begins inland, before moving over the dunes along the coast from the 3rd hole, and only returning inland on the last two holes. The contours of the greens offer vicious reprimands for lax golf shots, and the lack of coverage provides maximum exposure to devilish winds. The feel of the course replicates the great Scottish Links Courses and encapsulates the soul of every surprised golfer who plays on Old MacDonald. In true links style, Old Macdonald has firm greens that require elegant bump-and-runs, with low fairway shots to minimise wind-influenced deviations.
"The hottest course in America right now – looks like it was lifted, cleaned and placed from the West of Scotland." – Golf Digest
The newest addition to the Bandon Dunes family, The Punchbowl is a 100,000-square-foot putting course designed by Tom Doak, with Jim Urbina. No tee-times are required, all you need to do is show up and put your golf ball in the queue; it is open by 14.00 & closes at dusk, night use is prohibited. It s also complimentary for resort guests. It features 18 holes’ lengths differ from day to day, some are short, and some are long. The area is a collection of natural hollows. Punchbowl is a longstanding design concept by golf architects. The 18th hole at Old Macdonald shares the same principles and is aptly named “Punchbowl.”
Shorty’s Practice Center
Bandon Dunes was created for one purpose, the pure enjoyment of golf. In order to help you prepare, we offer a practice facility that allows you to perfect every shot required on the five courses.
Practice facility features:
· 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 golf shops.