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A Day at Bandon

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  • 2bGood2bGood Members  5636WRX Points: 866Handicap: 3-8Posts: 5,636 Titanium Tees
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    Played them all at-least 10 times except the Sheep Ranch which I have only played before it was a course- so I can't comment on so it is not in the mix for my advice.

    As for your question, it is not. - which is the best course at Bandon ?- (Pacific). Or what is your favourite course? (Old Mac),or what is the most fun course? (Preserve), but what is the ONE course should you play.

    Hands down I vote Bandon Dunes. It is the most 'playable' course of the 18 hole courses, gives you a great sense of the property and gives the true 'Bandon' experience.

    Having said that Pacific is a close second, but it can beat you up a bit more. Old Mac is a great course, but if you going to be down on the coast you want to play one the coast line and enjoy those views. Trails is wonderful course but it not very 'Bandony'.

    By the way I think the Preserve is about the most fun I have had playing golf, particularly playing as large groups - Make sure to use putter on your tee shot on 13.

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  • 1lovesputters1lovesputters Southern CaliforniaMembers  751WRX Points: 101Handicap: 4Posts: 751 Golden Tee
    Joined:  edited Jul 21, 2020 9:05pm #33

    Thanks for asking. I was there 2 weeks ago and played all 90 holes on the full size courses (in 1.5 days)

    In 2-3 years when the greens mature, the answer is probably Sheep Ranch IN THE MORNING or mid Morning. Fog (AM) vs. Wind (PM) is the trade off.

    My favorite course layout was Trails, but it has little ocean experience so, for 1 trip around, not that one.

    Not OLD Mac IMO; some funkiness, but I respect it.

    Bandon Dunes will be coming out of the US AM, so in great shape, and the collection of holes on Pacific are wonderful but wasnt in great shape a couple weeks ago.

    My ANSWER: Play Pacific Dunes if condition is peak, otherwise go with Bandon Dunes.

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  • MaxBuckMaxBuck Members  526WRX Points: 270Posts: 526 Golden Tee
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    Going to try to play at Bandon in a couple weeks. I appreciate the opinions here!

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  • MuDPhuDMuDPhuD Members  4WRX Points: 8Posts: 4 Starters
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    @puttnforthe8 Pebble Beach is not located at Bandon, and that is the #1 ranked course in the US (Public). @deckmc4868 However, if you want to play the #2 ranked public course in the US, I think Pacific captures the whole essence of the resort pretty well, but you can't go wrong with any of the courses.

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  • puttnforthe8puttnforthe8 ARIZONAMembers  3404WRX Points: 469Posts: 3,404 Titanium Tees
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    Pretty sure PD and Pebble flip flopped spots last year? and since I do not consider 2020 to be valid; PD will remain #1 in my book.

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    @puttnforthe8 Golf digest ranking posted May 2019 had Pebble #1, PD #2. I could not find any 2019 ranking where PD is #1 (but would be glad to be informed otherwise, as I have played both and I like PD more)

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  • puttnforthe8puttnforthe8 ARIZONAMembers  3404WRX Points: 469Posts: 3,404 Titanium Tees
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    One of the last 2 years it was flopped.. Regardless, I PD is #1 in my ranking and that is all that FKN matters!!!

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  • 2bGood2bGood Members  5636WRX Points: 866Handicap: 3-8Posts: 5,636 Titanium Tees
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    The rankings are kind of meaningless at some point. Any course that get near the top of the list is equally great. Personally I think PD is a better course, but PB is more amazing to play given the history.

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  • desailledesaille Members  1761WRX Points: 174Posts: 1,761 Platinum Tees
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    Did you peak at the original 16th tee box? Think it's that spot between the two humps.

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  • 2bGood2bGood Members  5636WRX Points: 866Handicap: 3-8Posts: 5,636 Titanium Tees
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    I wish I had written that myself as it perfectly sums up my own views on Bandon.

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  • carreracarrera Northern CaliforniaMembers  2669WRX Points: 209Posts: 2,669 Titanium Tees
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    Great post @rtraudt . I would only quibble with part of your comment about OM...the redan there looks and feels nothing like a redan anywhere! I looked at my notes after the round (Doak's hole by hole summary) and had to try to figure out where the redan features were. After four plays of the hole, I still don't see it.

    But great summary. You should play SR...you will enjoy it.

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  • az2auaz2au Scottsdale, AZ/New York, NYUnregistered  2302WRX Points: 463Handicap: 4.8Posts: 2,302 Platinum Tees
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    I get why you think that after playing North Berwick, NGL and Mid Ocean but in 6 plays at OM I can see it. Definitely not in the same league though. Honestly my favorite is Mid Ocean for being laid out exactly as I understood the hole needed to be. I'm also going to state that this has nothing to do with the fact that I explained the concept and how to play it to my foursome at Mid Ocean and then pulled off the exact shot I described to like 3'. 🤣

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  • carreracarrera Northern CaliforniaMembers  2669WRX Points: 209Posts: 2,669 Titanium Tees
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    @az2au yes, my home course was featured in Hunter's "The Links" as a Redan example, and I've enjoyed playing many, including "reverse" redans. The pin position on last visit for both days was up front or middle, so we didn't get to experience the diagonal front to back roll on any shots. The left bunker being positioned farther back than front left also confuses the look. Anyway, I enjoy Old Mac and would gladly play it as many times as possible on a visit.

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  • njlamnjlam Members  910WRX Points: 63Posts: 910 Golden Tee
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    I am a Bandon veteran and have been there over 20 times.

    I have an annual group that has gone the same weekend in November for the last 15 years and while everyone will argue which of the 18 hole courses in the best, no one argues with where we have the best time. The Preserve is the most fund when you are playing with a large group.

    While my order of preferences have always been

    1. BD
    2. BT
    3. PD
    4. OM

    I was fortunate to play the Sheep Ranch twice earlier this month and really liked it. This course has the most ocean views and they are spectacular.

    While it is not my favorite, I think the course enjoys elements of the other 4 courses, so if you only can play one, the Sheep Ranch may give you a little of everything in one round.

    Having only played it twice, I am not sure I like it more than BD or BT, but I definitely like it more than OM. While PD is very popular, I have only scored well there a few times. I can honestly say I like SR better than PD.

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  • duffer987duffer987 Meh... eh Canadian in CaliforniaMembers  9957WRX Points: 1,181Handicap: ~8Posts: 9,957 Titanium Tees
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    It's Right->Left and slopes Front->Back; otherwise yes it doesn't bear much resemblance to the North Berwick version.

    OM is best played knowing it's a pastiche but not looking too closely for the like-to-like copies :-)

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  • MaxBuckMaxBuck Members  526WRX Points: 270Posts: 526 Golden Tee
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    Playing next week at Pacific Dunes. I appreciate the insights here.

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  • puttnforthe8puttnforthe8 ARIZONAMembers  3404WRX Points: 469Posts: 3,404 Titanium Tees
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    Officially the only person on golfwrx to ever be able to interject the word "pastiche" into a golf post! Massive Kudos!!!

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  • duffer987duffer987 Meh... eh Canadian in CaliforniaMembers  9957WRX Points: 1,181Handicap: ~8Posts: 9,957 Titanium Tees
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    I like werdz ;-) And also to serve as a heads up if someone went there thinking they were getting a like for like replication, which didn't some tacky course in Vegas or Florida do?

    Edit: Royal Links I was thinking of

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