Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 7th
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 7th
Bandon Dunes' Old Macdonald Course pays homage to Charles Blair Macdonald and it has a few ocean views too. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 1st
Bandon Dunes' Old Macdonald Course opens with a par 4 and one its huge greens. You can see old Port Orford Cedar in the background. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 3rd
The par-4 third hole at Old Macdonald plays up and over a huge ridge and around the old Port Orford Cedar to a green that runs from right to left. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 4th
Like most of the holes on Bandon Dunes' Old Macdonald Course, the par-3 fourth has a huge green with plenty of movement. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 6th
Intimidating bunkers, like this on Old Macdonald's par-5 sixth, are common throughout the golf course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 7th
The ocean comes back into view when you putt on the par-4 seventh hole on Bandon Dunes' Old Macdonald Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - no. 7
And here's the view behind the seventh green on the Old Macdonald Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 9th
The downhill par-4 ninth on the Old Macdonald Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 11th
The par-4 11th on the Old Macdonald Course at Bandon Dunes was inspired by the Road Hole at St. Andrews. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - no. 11
Here's a closer look at that treacherous pot bunker near the 11th green at Old Macdonald. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 14th
The 14th on the Old Macdonald Course at Bandon Dunes is a short par 4 but it plays straight uphill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 15th
Golfers tee off on Old Macdonald's par-5 15th, which works back toward the Pacific. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The approach shot is usually blind on the par-4 16th on the Old Macdonald Course at Bandon Dunes in Oregon. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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A large bunker protects the par-5 17th on the Old Macdonald Course at Bandon Dunes in Oregon. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bandon Dunes - Old Macdonald golf course - 18th
One of the largest greens on Old Macdonald is the punch-bowl designed 18th that funnels shots toward the middle. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Old Macdonald at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon: Tom Doak and Jim Urbina's tribute to a classic architect

BANDON, Ore. -- Old Macdonald, the newest of the four championship layouts at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, is a big course with really big greens (6.2 acres total).

The bunkers are pretty large, too, and a few of them are downright scary. But the fairways are also huge, which means you can hit it just about anywhere, as long as you don't find one of those bunkers, find it and hit it again.

The course was designed by Tom Doak (who also designed Pacific Dunes) and Jim Urbina, who tried to figure out (with a little help from their friends) what classic architect Charles Blair Macdonald would have done with this piece of land if he were alive in this century. The result is uphill holes, downhill holes, blind shots, troublesome bunkers, a tribute to the Road Hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews and even an 18th green with a punch bowl design that funnels shots toward the middle.

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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