Bandon Dunes

4.6000000000 4.6 stars from 5 (15)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6732 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 74.1

  • 57744 Round Lake Dr, Bandon, Oregon 97411, Coos County
  • (888) 345-6008, (541) 347-4380
  • (541) 347-8161
  • www.bandondunesgolf.com
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Year built: 1999
Architect(s): David McLay Kidd (1999)
Type: Resort
Style: Links
Greens: Fescue
Fairways: Fescue
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6732 yards 74.1 143
Green 72 6221 yards 71.4 133
Green (W) 72 6221 yards 78.7 142
Gold 72 5716 yards 69.5 133
Gold (W) 72 5716 yards 74.7 133
Orange 72 5072 yards 66.6 126
Orange (W) 72 5072 yards 72.4 128
Royal Blue 72 3945 yards 61.5 101
Royal Blue (W) 72 3945 yards 64.9 109

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.6 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 4.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 15 Reviews
5 stars:
11
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

14 out of 15 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive   Great for a bucket list/top 100 pick walkers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens bunkers   Great for drinks dinner brunch  

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"This is "Golf as it was Meant to Be""


JeffArenson's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

First of all the resort is the best one stop golf experience on earth. Not even St. Andrews has as many high quality courses in one resort setting. There are multiple restaurants with quality food and in the case of McKee's pub quantity too. Add in the par 3 courses and the Punchbowl and you will never want to leave. For a single public resort, this is the place dreams are make of. If you've never been here, then this should be your next golf trip. If you've been here, you're probably working on when you can come back.
Secondly, this is a throw back to Links golf as played in the UK. Wind, walking and the ground game are here at all courses. If you are here for multiple days, odds are that it will rain. Embrace those things as that is what golf looks like at it's home. It is all about the golf here and it doesn't get better.

The first course itself is a great one. Ironically, it is the only one that has the "Standard" of two par 3s and two par 5s on each nine. It is the only one with two nine hole loops which return to the clubhouse.
This might be the one with the best views. Some holes play along the clifftops, but many tee boxes on the inland holes are on top of a ridge which provide views of the course and ocean. Bring your camera.
The course itself is a treat. Most people will remember the cliff top 16th which is driveable in the summer. So many ways to play this hole, you will have to come back a half dozen times to try them. As with all links, the ground game and contours come into play. Shot options abound around the greens and I think you need to put the 60 degree away and bump and run or putt it. Bunkers are large and natural looking-they are also a challenge to get out of. One of the great things about this course is that some of the best holes are inland. I like the par 4 7th with the uphill approach or find yourself at the bottom of a hill. Drive to the correct part of the fairway or the green is semi-blind on the par 4 14th. Take advantage of the slope on the 2nd hole and aim left, the contours feed the ball right. The short 10th hole is also driveable, but if you take the direct approach there is a hill in front of the green. Taking the safe route which is left of the green opens up the green. Of course, in addition to the par 4 16th, the cliff top 5th and 6th holes are visually stunning and great holes.
This was the course that made me fall in love with links golf. Low running shots are the best option. Hitting the correct side of the fairway is a must. Using your putter from virtually anywhere and being creative with the green contouring is also required. If you don't like golf here, then save yourself some money and avoid Scotland and the UK in general, you won't like it there either.


Player Tip: Take an extra club on the par 3 15th. The first part of the green is a false front and balls will feed down into the deep bunker.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hard to beat the original"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

This is where it all started at Bandon Dunes Resort, and it's still a classic. Not as flashy as Pacific Dunes, but a great and rare test of links golf in America. One you get to the middle of the front nine, the views come into play and the holes just continue to get better from there. A real classic.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing views, Bucket List Course, Not Too Challenging"


mr79golf's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/09/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

After all the hype, we finally made it to Bandon Dunes, and were not disappointed. The flagship course is a blast to play and offers some really spectacular views. We played it (twice) in light wind so it didn't have the teeth I'm sure it has when the wind blows. The first time you get a peek at the Pacific is memorable, as you meet the bend in the fairway at 4. From there, you will have a lot of picture worthy moments. Back 9 is a lot of fun and more of a chance to score than the front. The potentially drivable 16th is a special golf hole. Obviously, all the courses at Bandon are must plays in my book, but this and Pacific stand above.


Player Tip: Pretty straightforward design, but you'll need your caddie more than a few times the first time you play it.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Wind"


Lgary2906's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2015
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

The course itself was not that difficult but wind blowing the ball off greens and nearly knocking you over as you played made playing golf nearly impossible. The course should have been closed with winds gusting to near 50 mph with a constant force of 35 mph.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Bandon Dunes, The Original and the Best"


mscheelar's avatar
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Sunday I had the great pleasure of finally playing the original course at Bandon Dunes Resort. After a short 4 hour drive from Portland we played in the afternoon. It was a stunning and borderline ridiculous day at Bandon. There was a little bit of wind, but overall the day was perfect.

The course itself was a ton of fun. Starting on 1 near the clubhouse felt drastically different than some of the ocean courses. There are so many unique inland holes, and then a handful of stunning ocean holes. The entire round felt fluid and fun, and very tricky at times with wind gusts near the ocean.

I felt like there was something so ancient about this course, it felt like it really had been there for a million years. At this point, I put Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes right up there as my two favorites on property.

I love this place and cannot wait to go back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Enjoy the Eccentricities"


u000003221017's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

For a couple of years we watched this course take shape from the neighbouring Pacific Dunes. It looked flat and on an inferior piece of land and we wondered how it could match up with the other Bandon courses. But when it opened; what a wonderful surprise! Old Mac from beginning to end makes you think and experiment with all kinds of interesting shots.

The first tee sits in the middle of what feels like a wide open field and you look across the flat expanse at a wide open(albeit a bit elevated) green not too far away. You can literally hit almost any club off the tee in almost any direction . BUT....how far you hit it and where you hit it will determine how you must hit your approach to what you now see is a HUGE and very undulating green with infinite pin placements.

Every hole is a bit like that. But it really isn't that flat and boring. There are some gorgeous holes which rise up into the dunes. There are a few blind holes which I know many people hate but which our group always enjoys.

This course may have some of the toughest par 4s on the Bandon property but you get a lot of roll and it doesn't play that long overall.

I've played all of the Bandon courses many times now and currently this might be my favourite; though that keeps changing. They are ALL great.


Player Tip: First time here? Take a caddie for sure on this course or you will have a miserable time trying to figure out the putting and chipping.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bandon Dunes"


jpgreen3uga's avatar
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I've made the trip out to Bandon twice. This was my second trip. This time around, I thought Bandon was the best of four courses. Although, all four are tremendous. The best thing about the whole Bandon experience is they are all about golf and golfers. There isn't anything you don't need or anything that is overdone like you would see at Pebble Beach. In fact, I'd strongly suggest a trip to Bandon over Pebble. Bandon is cheaper and better!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Bandon Dunes finishes fourth"


rnorthcutt88's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2014
Previously played Walked Good weather

Reviewed on

Ranking the courses at Bandon and necessarily picking which is the "worst" is a little like arguing who is the ugliest supermodel. There are no losers on this property.

But having that ...discussion ... with your buddies is part of the fun.

For me, the clear fourth place finisher (have not played the par three course but heard it is sublime) is Bandon Dunes. While it may have my favorite hole on the property in the 5th, as a group it lacks the excitement of the other tracks here. Let me be clear, the LAND is spectacular but in too many spots the golf course is not. Holes 9 and 18 are ordinary and tough to bestow greatness on a course with a pedestrian finish ( although Cypress Point is an exception ). In all, holes 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18 feel like you have played them before at any number of courses. Holes 4, 5, 6, 12, 15 -17 are breathtaking due in large part to the scenery but also the quality and visual interest of the golf hole. The other holes fall somewhere in between. You don't want to skip it and the resort as a whole is well worth the trouble to get there. Best in the country for my money. But if I had 7 rounds, I'd play the others again before Bandon Dunes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Bandon Beckons!"


golfhack321's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

If you've never visited Bandon Dunes then you haven't experienced true links golf. Bandon is like Scotland except the staff members have better teeth and the food is better.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not quite what I expected"


acadia's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/23/2013
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed on my first visit here. Other than a couple of the holes, I wasn't as impressed as I expected to be. The facility itself is first class all the way and we will be going back to play the other courses, but probably not the Dunes.
The one hole that is a definite exception is number 16. That is one of the coolest golf holes that I've ever seen. I could play that hole 18 times in a row and call it a great day of golf.
Caddies are available and the one we had in our foursome was borderline useless. Was glad that I wasn't paying him. I've talked to others who had much better experiences though. So, if you chose to use the service just keep your fingers crossed.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The original course at Bandon never disappoints"


JayCoffinGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2013
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Such a long trip from the East Coast but it's worth every single second.

The original course at Bandon never disappoints. Pacific Dunes is my favorite course on property, but Bandon is the one that I'd play every day if I could only play one.

I'll say the same thing I said about Pacific Dunes - I played here 10 years ago and thought I didn't remember much. But when I stepped on the first tee I immediately remembered every single hole as if I had played it a week prior.


Player Tip: If I had to play one of the 4 courses on a regular basis, Bandon would be my choice.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course



"Dream Course"


Kyle4442229's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2013
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The golf course is incredibly, simply walking down #4 fairway and all of a sudden the ocean opens up is very picturesque. Definitely one of the best holes I have ever played. Holes #4 and #16 I could play every day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The original holds its own at Bandon Dunes"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2013
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Of the four championship courses at Bandon Dunes, I score the best on this one, and it's scenery and hole variety certainly holds its own with its prestigious neighbors. It's a lot of fun, particularly on the par 5s and the drivable, par-4 16th hole that feels a little like Pebble with the rock outcroppings above the coastline. Everything at Bandon is world class and it starts with the original course.


Player Tip: You better go for the green on 16. Don't wimp out!

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


johnniewp's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/28/2012

Reviewed on

This course has super features however, quite a few blind shots on your drive but typical of link style course such as St. Andrews old course. Beautiful ocean scenery that rivals Pebble Beach. All and all a very good experience. David M.kidd is an excellent golf course designer. The greens fees are much too high for the course and they really need to bring them down. Also, it would be nice if they gave you a bag tag similar to the other golf course like kapalua, Pebble etc.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bandon Dunes"


AFleming's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2010
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

One of the best courses you will ever play, anywhere in the world. The first of the Bandon courses is probably the most "gettable" and perhaps also the most scenic. Most memorable was the iconic and quirky short par four 16th. I can't wait to get back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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