Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course
The double green at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort's Old Macdonald course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes resort - Old Macdonald golf course
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Bandon Dunes resort - Old Macdonald golf course
Old Macdonald plays just to the north of Pacific Dunes at the Bandon Dunes Resort. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - hole 6
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - hole 6
The sixth hole on Bandon Dunes' new Old Mcdonald course, especially the green complex, is inspired by the Road Hole at St. Andrews. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - hole 7
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - hole 7
A par 4 that is drivable in the right wind, No. 7 is an original hole at Bandon Dunes' Old MacdDonald course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald - no. 7
To the right of the seventh hole on the Old Mcdonald course at Bandon Dunes, a massive dune awaits stray balls. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Macdonald golf course at Bandon Dunes
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Old Macdonald golf course at Bandon Dunes
Like the Pacific Dunes golf course at Bandon Dunes, Old Macdonald plays on open, sandy dunes. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald - no. 3
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald - no. 3
The third hole on the Old Mcdonald course at Bandon Dunes is inspired by St. Andrews' par-3 11th hole, down to the large bunkers in front and massive double green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald - sixth hole
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald - sixth hole
The sixth hole on the Old Mcdonald course at Bandon Dunes is inspired by the "Long" hole at St. Andrews, down to the mighty Hell Bunker. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bandon Dunes - new Old Macdonald course
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Bandon Dunes - new Old Macdonald course
A preview of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort's new Old Macdonald course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald - no. 7 green
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald - no. 7 green
A view of the coastline from the seventh green on the Old Mcdonald course at Bandon Dunes. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald - no. 8
The par-3 eighth hole on Bandon Dunes Old Macdonald course plays from an elevated tee to a "biarritz" style green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald - preview
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald - preview
Old Macdonald currently allows play on 10 holes, with the entire 18 opening in the summer of 2010. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

A preview of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort's Old Macdonald course

The fourth 18-hole golf course to open at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort will be the Old Macdonald course , inspired by the great holes of legendary architect C.B. Macdonald, who built National Golf Links near Boston.

When Macdonald studied in St. Andrews, he compiled a list of some of the best holes in golf, and would use these templates to design his own golf holes in America. Old Macdonald architects Tom Doak and Jim Urbina followed this philosophy and found some of Macdonald's favorite holes here, including four similar holes from the Old Course in St. Andrews . While Old Macdonald has less ocean frontage than Pacific Dunes and Bandon Dunes , there are some spots, like the seventh green, that overlook the ocean.

Upon construction, the golf course was seeded in two phases, and preview play on a 10-hole loop is being offered on Old Macdonald until it fully opens in the summer of 2010. During this preview play, caddies are required.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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A preview of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort's Old Macdonald course
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