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  1. River House Inn and Bridgewater for dinner, and I'll second the rec for Little Brown Hen for breakfast. An alternative is to stop at Luna Sea in Yachats (20 min north of Florence) on the way down from Lincoln City. Some of the best seafood on the central coast. Drift Inn is also really good. Yachats is kind of a tiny foodie mecca on the coast.
  2. Second the rec for the Children's Course. There's a great First Tee program there. Other options: Sah-Hah-Lee - good par 3 course, basically the next step up from the Children's Course. Longest hole is about 185. Driving range (mats) Eagle Landing - Pitch n putt, longest hole is about 90 yards. Great place for you to work on your short game while the kids play along All of those are a bit of a drive from Scapoose, tho.
  3. Personally, what holds me back on my usual rating of OM is the fairly 'meh' section in the middle of the course. It was fun the first few times, but the lack of interesting features and/or views in that stretch from 10-14 keeps it out of the running entirely. There's not another section of 5 consecutive holes anywhere else on the premises that fails to hold my attention. Either that, or it's the one course there that I don't have at least one low score on...
  4. Nice report - I'm always interested to read these from first time visitors. It inevitably fires up my memories from my first trip. You are not alone in the ranking of Trails at the bottom. I think the draw of the seaside courses is so strong, especially for the first trip. The typical evolution of course rankings leans toward Trails moving up, as the seaside factor lessens with familiarity and the golf value increases as you start seeing the subtleties and brilliance of the routing and design. The good news is that there are no wrong answers to the question. Hope you can get back sooner rather than later!
  5. Hoo boy, this could be a long list... Echo most of the sentiments above, but I will point out that the heavier rains at Bandon tend to come with heavy winds, so I tend to think of them together: 1. Forget the umbrella. Wear your umbrella. 2. Rain gloves are standard equipment, usually two sets. 3. Just buy the Goretex. 4. If I know it's going to be raining, I'll take the big bag towel off and keep a small one in my pocket. The big one is just going to turn into a sloppy, useless 10 lb weight. 5. Bandon Bucket hat works spectacularly, with the exception of very high winds. For those, I tend to favor a beanie over my waterproof baseball hat. 6. I leave my wallet, keys, watch, etc. in the room. Just take a $20 and slip it into a waterproof pocket or ziploc for on-course purchases. 7. Embrace the weather. The courses play pretty much the same even when it's raining hard. The exception is when you get rivers on the greens. Free drop where you don't have to putt through a stream. 8. Skip the scorecard for the worst days. Who cares what you shot during a 45+ mph howler where you have a hard time not falling over in your backswing... 9. Play old balls. It never ceases to amaze me what magical arcs can occur to ball flights when you hit into a 40 mph cross wind. 10. Take a half set in a waterproof carry bag. It also never ceases to amaze me what magical arcs can occur to Clic Gear carts in a 40 mph cross wind. Even when they are lying on their side.
  6. When are you guys going? Feeling the need....
  7. You could stop at Florence Golf Links (formerly Sandpines), though that's not anywhere near Portland. It's a decent grass range on fescue, which is much closer to the turf at Bandon. Langdon is using mats, as are just about every public range around here. Grass season for the ranges usually ends late September(-ish), depending on the rain cycle. Given the radically different turf between PDX and Bandon, a grass range here won't really help much to prepare for the turf at Bandon. You're probably better off waiting until you get to the resort. But if you're just looking for a place so some guys can knock the rust off their swings, I would think hitting off mats should do fine, and Langdon is just off I-5 south of Portland/Wilsonville. Nice grill there, too If you make it to Yachats (pronounced YAH-hots, FYI), highly recommend Luna Sea as a dinner spot.
  8. That's even easier. You're in the Pacesetter tee times, which are expected to complete the round in 4 hours or less, and you can grab a dog or pre-made sandwich at the snack stand in the lodge, then (possibly) head right back out.
  9. stop in at the pro shop of the course after you come off 18 (or you can even call them from 18 fairway) - they'll be able to tell you if there are open slots on the course you are heading to (and change your tee time if it works out). Then you'll know if you have time for lunch or just need to pick up a sleeve of protein balls.
  10. Huzzah! https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/us-reopening-international-travelers/index.html But don't forget your masks.....
  11. +1 on the above comments. As a single, you can go into any of the pro shops and they'll have access to the tee sheets for all the courses, and can place you in one if you want to go that way. I've done entire trips that way when I've made impulsive, weather-watched, last-minute visits.
  12. As has been mentioned, you'll be at the mercy of the groups in front of you as to how much you actually get in during your original tee time. If you're by yourself, don't be afraid to skip around late in the day; just be considerate of groups playing ahead of you that have a chance to finish. FYI, I added Trails 1-6 to my original post in the Short Loops thread. Nice to have another option on Trails that doesn't require slipping in between two groups on 17 (always a little dicey, as they have just completed the grind up 16 and are usually in a foul mood).
  13. Just added that to my original post.
  14. I always like ending a trip with a round on BD. Logistically, it's perfect (near the checkout desk, etc.), but it just seems right to end a trip on the original course.
  15. Sounds awesome, Arg! Enjoy the journey!
  16. Yep, just saw that. I fired off a quick email to the reservations contact that I had been emailing with for getting our 2023 group set up. Minor panic... Edit: And just heard back that we are good.... whew...
  17. Just saw the brief article on Golf.com where Bryson D. is talking about the new Loop shuttle service that was started by Tim Tucker (former caddie for Bryson). Pretty spendy (from PDX: ~$4K for round trip, from EUG: ~$2600), but it's definitely super lux transportation. Interesting that the photo of the coast on the website is actually Haystack Rock near Cannon Beach, which is around 230 miles north of Bandon...
  18. Those two are the entire list for public courses…
  19. Days like Sunday is likely to be is the reason I take along a half dozen old shag bag balls. And to Rooski's point - it is really entertaining to watch what a 70mph gust can do, not only to a ball in flight, but also a bag/clicgear cart laid on its side...
  20. My only concern about a hood like that would be when the wind is up. Have you tried those out in a stiff Bandon breeze (i.e., 20+ mph)? Thinking about the times when the rain is blowing sideways...
  21. StaDry all day long. You may not need it; but if you do, you'll need it....
  22. I think you'll find a very different vibe at Bandon with regards to walk-along spouse. I've been in lots of groups there where a player has had their wife/GF along and every single time it's really been a pleasant experience for everyone. I think she (and you) will enjoy it immensely. 99% of the folks who go to Bandon are just thrilled to be there - there isn't the feeling that she's going to be an extra wheel or anything like that. As Edaw just posted, one thing to keep in mind is that there are far-forward (blue) tees on all the big courses, so if you can talk her into playing a few holes, chances are fair that you'll be able to go out solo (late in the afternoon is your best bet). You'll pay full rate, even if you just do 8 or 9 holes, but if she plays at all, it could be a really cool couples moment for you, especially if you hit a sunset. Yeah, sue me, I'm a romantic.....
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  24. Lotsa guys bring their SO's to walk the course with them. No fee or questions or hassle of any kind. They are very welcoming there. If she wants some actual trails, there is an extensive trail system at the resort.
  25. If the Sexton passes are snowed in, there's the alternate route from Grants Pass toward Crescent City on 199, then north on 101 to Bandon. Probably adds about a half hour, but it's a beautiful drive and pretty much zero chance of snow. (Rogue Valley native here...)
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