Bandon Dunes is true to the spirit of Scotland’s ancient links. 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. Five distinctly different 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 there. At the end of the day, gracious hospitality comforts each guest like a warm, friendly embrace. The Sheep Ranch golf course is the latest addition to the Resort, opening June 2020; read about its opening here.
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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.
It began in 1999 with the opening of Bandon Dunes. Designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd, the 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.
Designed by Tom Doak and opened in 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.
When Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw began working in the sand to uncover the 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.
“Bandon Trails… takes its rightful place on the short list of pilgrimages all golfers must make before they die – because odds are golf in Heaven can’t compare.” – GOLF Magazine
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 is a Scottish links course in America’s Pacific North-West.
The latest addition to Bandon Dunes is the Sheep Ranch golf course, designed by Tom Doak, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The fifth golf course at Bandon Resort is a par-72 links golf course that resembles Scotland’s Kingsbarns in that it is open, undulating and straddles the coastline. The Sheep Ranch opened in June 2020 to the public and has received wide acclaim, solidifying Bandon Dunes Resort as one of America’s largest golf resorts.
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. Opened in 2012 and designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, 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 organisation that supports conservation, community, and economy on the southern Oregon Coast.
“Scampering over dunes to half-hidden greens, playing make-believe recovery shots and putting over some occasionally outrageous contours, we feel like kids again at the Preserve.” – Golf Digest
It doesn’t take long to get comfortable at Bandon Dunes. All accommodation types provide a refuge of relative seclusion in a variety of options that are sure to revive you for the next day. The resort offers many lodging options to suit your needs, varying from single accommodation in The Lodge and Inn to spacious four-bedroom Grove Cottages.
Lily Pond rooms offer the best value for overnight lodging at Bandon Dunes. A paved walking trail connects Lily Pond Rooms to The Lodge and first tee at Bandon Dunes golf course, though a property shuttle service is available to take you to or from anywhere on property. Lily Pond’s spacious rooms include two queen beds, sitting area, fireplace, bathroom and private deck overlooking Lily Pond and the surrounding forest.
This unique lodge features a mix of 21 single and 18 double-occupancy rooms with golf course or coastal forest views. The Inn is an equidistant chip shot away from The Lodge and Bandon Trails / Bandon Preserve. The Inn features a reading room and bar area with a view of the 18th green at Bandon Dunes golf course. Rooms at The Inn are available with single king or double queen beds. Forest King rooms include a king bed, sitting area and private bathroom. Forest Double rooms are similar but include two beds and double vanities. Both room types feature coastal or forest views. Golf King and Golf Double rooms are similar in style to Forest rooms but include views of No. 18 on the Bandon Dunes golf course.
The Lodge at Bandon Dunes is the epicentre of activity at the resort and includes 17 single rooms, each with one queen bed. It is also home to three 4-bedroom suites. Rooms have views of the Bandon Dunes golf course and the coast, while others have views of the dunes and surrounding woods. Dune Single rooms feature a queen bed with sitting area, private bathroom and a view of the dunes. Golf Single rooms are the same but include a view of the Bandon Dunes golf course and the Pacific Ocean. Dune Suites have four bedrooms; each room with a queen bed and private bathroom. A spacious sitting room opens to a private balcony. All rooms have a view of the dunes and forest. Golf Suite is similar to Dune but includes views of Bandon Dunes golf course and the Pacific Ocean. Lodge Suite is again similar but has a second floor with a spacious sitting area, balcony, wet bar, and views of the Bandon Dunes golf course and the Pacific Ocean. Northwest Rooms and Northeast Rooms feature a large sitting area, queen bed, and private bathroom. Each has a private balcony (NW has views of the Bandon Dunes golf course and the Pacific Ocean).
In the spirit of “Golf as It Was Meant to Be” these four-bedroom cottages are designed specifically to house a foursome or eightsome. Grove Cottages include four bedrooms, each with a king bed, private bath and a parlour. Grove Cottages are the largest lodging option at Bandon Dunes. Built into each bedroom and parlour are floor-to-ceiling corner windows that offer pristine views of Round Lake to the east, Lily Pond to the West, or a garden setting. Guests will enjoy an indoor fireplace and outdoor patio tucked into Bandon’s natural landscape. Grove Cottages are just east of the accommodations at the Lily Pond and just south of those at Chrome Lake.
On the banks of Chrome Lake just a few hundred yards northeast of The Lodge, 21 secluded buildings welcome guests with two units downstairs and a two-bedroom loft upstairs. Upstairs, a Chrome Loft offers a spacious sitting area and two bedrooms, each with one king bed. In the sitting area, a vaulted ceiling opens the room to two adjacent alcoves, one with a fireplace and the other that serves as a card room. Each loft overlooks the lake or surrounding forest. Downstairs, each Chrome Double includes two king beds, bathroom, fireplace, and a view of the lake or the surrounding forest.
The Gallery Restaurant
Located just off the lobby in The Lodge, The Gallery Restaurant features breakfast and dinner daily. Executive Chef Don McCradic and Gallery Chef Rory Butts design seasonal menus celebrating the region with innovative as well as classic dishes. They ensure you won’t leave hungry! The Wine Spectator award-winning list showcases wines from a variety of Oregon’s regions along with well-known California vineyards and many Old-World wines.
Tufted Puffin Lounge
Adjacent to The Gallery Restaurant, the Tufted Puffin Lounge features incredible views of the Bandon Dunes golf course as you savour light fare and your favourite drink for lunch or dinner.
The 418m² clubhouse features a golf shop on the lower level with a unique dining experience upstairs that features panoramic views of Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes, The Punchbowl and the Pacific Ocean.
This Scottish-style setting serves traditional pub fare, Northwest microbrews and classic single malt scotches – the perfect place for an endless debate about which course really is the best. Upstairs is Macdonald Hall, an open banquet-style space that offers views of the Bandon Dunes course. Downstairs is a lively lounge that spills out onto a patio with a fireplace.
The Bunker Bar
Downstairs in The Lodge, The Bunker Bar serves spirits, beer, wine and snacks. Here you can watch sporting events, smoke a cigar, play pool, sip single malt scotches and play cards or dice. Any great day of golf at Bandon Dunes is best concluded by a visit with your golf buddies to The Bunker Bar.
Trails End in the Bandon Trails Clubhouse offers a spectacular view of the 18th green at Bandon Trails and dunes that roll to the sea. Trails End also has a gazebo overlooking the 18th green at Bandon Trails.
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:
Amenities at The Lodge
In addition to a Sauna and Hot Tub spa, there is a fitness centre on the lower level of The Lodge. This facility has free weights, universal weight machines, cardio machines and mats for stretching. Adjacent to the workout area is a large Hot Tub spa and Sauna, perfect for warming up in the morning or relaxing after a round.
Walking/Hiking Trails & Fishing
A trail system has been developed for the enjoyment and education of all guests. Besides great views of the golf courses and the ocean, you will develop a complete understanding of the sand dunes ecosystem, the environmental forces that shape it, and the plants and wildlife that inhabit it. Immediately east of the Lodge, you will find a trail to the observation point with an amazing overlook of the Bandon Dunes course. Follow the Jamie McEwan Trail north to the Pacific Dunes clubhouse. The Dune Trail can be accessed just south of the Lily Pond Rooms and is a 2.4-mile loop that takes you through dunes and forests. The Dune Trail can also be accessed at a pull out 1.3 miles south of The Lodge on Round Lake Road.
The Labyrinth is a maze intended for walking meditation. It is a replica of a maze on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France and a memorial to Howard McKee, one of the founders of Bandon Dunes and friend of Mike Keiser. Fishing on the property lakes is also an option for guests during their stay.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is about a 4-hour drive directly from Portland, but it’s recommended to take the scenic coastal route down the 101 rather than the inland highways. It is therefore recommended to spend a night or two in towns along the way such as Newport and Florence, both of which have fantastic attractions on the coast. Bandon Dunes lies 90-minutes’ drive from Florence; a gorgeous drive along the coast. From Eugene, the resort is about 2.5 hours away. The remoteness of the resort is one of its best qualities, and the number of courses, restaurants and accommodation allows for stays of any length.