Bandon Trails at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort: A course you should play at least once

BANDON, Ore. -- It can't be easy being Bandon Trails, one of four outstanding golf courses at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

All four are on Golfweek's list of best resort courses for 2012, but Bandon Trails pulls up the rear -- at No. 11.

Pacific Dunes is No. 1, Old Macdonald is No. 2 and Bandon Dunes is No. 6. And who knows where the fifth course (Bandon Preserve) will land on next year's list. Bandon Preserve is set to open in May 2012.

But Bandon Trails, which opened as the third course at the resort in 2005, is just as much as slice of heaven as the other courses at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Beginning atop a massive sand dune, Bandon Trails opens up into sprawling meadow and coastal forest before finishing back in the dunes. The Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw design plays 6,765 yards from the back tees, and you'll enjoy every one.

Jan 25, 2012

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Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, photographer Oleg Volovik moved to the United States in 1992 and now lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. He joined the TravelGolf editorial team in 2010. Originally graduated with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering he continued to dedicate his time and energy to his passion for visual arts and photography. Oleg has extensive experience in fine arts, fashion, event, architecture and journalistic photography. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Moscow, where he also taught a master class, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, in April 2007. He may be a novice golfer, but Oleg always wears a white leather glove during photo sessions. "Golf photography is my own 'game' with the beauty of nature and human creativity."