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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 7th
You can see the Pacific from all 13 holes on the par-3 Bandon Preserve at Bandon Dunes. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 1st
Bandon Preserve, which is located next to the Bandon Trails course, starts out with a 134-yard hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 2nd
Avoiding the front bunker is a good strategy on the second hole at Bandon Preserve. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 3rd
A mound left of the green is a good target on the short third, as the ball will release down to the hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 4th
Bandon Preserve's fourth plays downhill to the resort's largest green complex, a double green shared with no. 7. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 5th
With the most dramatic elevation change on the course, Bandon Preserve's fifth offers great views of the ocean. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 6th
The sixth hole at Bandon Preserve, at 131 yards from the back tee, plays uphill to a difficult green. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 7th
Playing around 150 yards, the uphill seventh is the longest hole at Bandon Preserve. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 8th
From tee on Bandon Preserve's 63-yard eighth tee, the bottom of the flagstick is not visible. The hole features a bowl-like green. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 9th
There's a lot to take in on Bandon Preserve's ninth, which provides views of the Pacific and back nine at Bandon Dunes. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 10th
From the tee, the 10th hole at Bandon Preserve is a blind shot. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 11th
Looking back from behind the green on Bandon Preserve's 11th hole, Cut Creek will catch errant tee shots left of the green. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 12th
The two-tiered green on Bandon Preserve's 12th, not unlike many of the holes at Bandon Dunes, can invoke quite a few three-putts -- or worse. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Bandon Preserve golf course - 13th
You can actually putt the ball all the way from the tee on the 109-yard 13th, the finishing hole at Bandon Preserve. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Bandon Preserve at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon coast: Short on yardage, long on views

BANDON, Ore. -- Opened in 2012, the 13-hole, par-3 Bandon Preserve is perfect preparation for the regulation courses at Bandon Dunes Resort, or simply a great option late in the day for anyone who wants a quick, but challenging round. Best of all, this Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore design provides great views of the Pacific from every hole.

The course begins high atop a sand dune and rolls down toward the beach before returning up the hill to the clubhouse shared by Bandon Trails. Holes range from 63 yards to around 150 yards from the back tees, but multiple teeing grounds change the course from day to day. It's also a good option for players to mix up the tees, which helps provides even more variety. Add to that some of the most undulating greens and most difficult bunkers at the resort, and Bandon Preserve is no pushover to be sure, especially if it's windy.

As a side note, all net proceeds from Bandon Trails are donated to the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, an organization that supports conservation, community and economy on the southern Oregon Coast.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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