The Punchbowl

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About

Tee Par Length Rating Slope

Course Details

Year Built 2014
Fairways Fescue
Greens Fescue
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Doak (2013) Jim Urbina (2013)

Rentals/Services

Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire

Best of Lists

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Friendliest Courses in the U.S. (2017 #13)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2017 #4)

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4.0
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Denver Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Whole Lotta Fun

First of all, this is free. The 'Course' is located next to the first tee at Pacific Dunes. Just place your ball in the queue and wait your turn. Similar to the Himalayas putting course at St. Andrews, which was the inspiration, this course is a lot of fun. They move the holes around so multiple days of play is enjoyable and unique. The whole course is well contoured so putts are not straight forward, they are going to move about like on the regular courses. I would end the day here, but using this as a warm up is a realistic option. There are beverage cup holders so drinking and wagering are encouraged. Similar to the par 3 courses at the resort it is all about the fun factor. I can't think of a better way to end a day at the resort and watch the sun set while getting in some practice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather

Possibly the best putting course ever

If you're serious about your putting, this is a great test. With 36 holes perched above the Pacific Ocean next to the Pacific Dunes clubhouse, this is fun test on either course -- the Red or the White. Many of the holes have breaks that are unfathomable. It's also a great way to warm up for the greens you'll face on Old Macdonald or any of the other four courses at Bandon Dunes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Every Golf Resort Should Have a "Punch Bowl"

This isn't really a "course" so much as a drinking and wagering game. 18 "holes" of varying lengths and difficulty, and all you need is your putter. We had 5 guys wagering and having fun and it was a blast. Great green condition and imaginative slopes and hole positions make for a fun challenge. The drink holders on each "tee" are a nice touch. This is a nice way to wind down and have fun after the challenges of the championship courses. You can make up holes as you go and simply enjoy being out there. Oh, and it's free.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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