Location: Bandon Dunes, Ore.
Course Architects: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw
Yardage (From Tips): 1,609
Saturday Morning Green Fee [Under $50, $; $50-$99, $$; $100-$149, $$$; $150-$199, $$$$; Over $200, $$$$$]: $$$
Caddie Service: Yes
Walker Friendly: Yes
The seventh green at Bandon Preserve. The hole is one of nine with views of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Bandon Dunes Golf Resort)
Starter: Bandon Dune Golf Resort’s Bandon Preserve may be golf at its most enjoyable.
The fifth in Bandon Dune’s growing portfolio of courses showcases the creativity and imagination that are hallmarks of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designs. The reason? Thirteen par-3 holes — nine of which offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean — and a leisurely length of 1,609 yards.
Play because … : For one, the course is unlike few you will ever play. What makes the Preserve the holy grail of golf experiences, though, is that it creates a collegial environment. A group, that is not necessarily limited to a foursome, can stroll, talk and enjoy the hour or so that it takes to play the course.
Not much in the way of equipment is needed to play the Preserve. A golfer could get around carrying just a 7-iron and a putter. In fact, at the 109-yard closing hole (75 yards from the front tee), a putter is often the club of choice off the tee.
The experience does not end with the final putt either. Inside the clubhouse, the food is some of the best on the property. Outside there is ample seating and a fire pit to lounge around and discuss the day.
Takeaway: Bandon Preserve embodies all that is fun about golf, which is why the course rates a 9.9 in the inaugural Fun Meter.
RATINGS [1 to 10 scale, 10 being the highest]
Food | Beverage: 8.5
Pro Shop: 8
Course Difficulty: 6
Pace of Play: 10
Best Par 3: 11th hole (142 yards)