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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.
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.
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.