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  1. I think you have a few options, not in any particular order. - Fly into SFO and take the connection to coos bay / North bend. United flight and only once a day. coos bay is 30 min from the resort and there is a few transport companies that can take you there. - Fly direct into Portand, rent a car and drive the 4.5+ hours. - Fly into Eugene, rent a car and drive the 2.5 hours. Doubtful you get a direct flight, so you have to figure out what is the best connection for you. - I have met some who have flown to Seattle and either driven the 7+ hours (I haven't done it,
  2. Just got back from a trip, 5 rounds in 3 days. I wore a pair of adidas adicross and a pair of gfore gallivanter. Both shoes I wear regularly and have worn on previous trips. Anything comfortable that your own feet like is what I would recommend. Just as important as your shoes are your socks. A lot of first timer worry about their shoes and show up with no show socks they wear at home. I am diabetic and can have severe foot aches and pains. Wearing thicker socks helps with foot health. At home I wear no show socks. At Bandon, I wear either gfore socks or compression socks that go over my cal
  3. Just got back from a trip, played Sheep Ranch last Wednesday and Thursday. It was a different experience due to being a little further away and that you could see so much of the course from the clubhouse. As far as play, it felt like an extension of the resort. Each course is different and this one was as well, but we thought it was spectacular. We had cars and drove over there. The apple maps took us to the wrong spot, down to the beach. I suspect it was the old entrance to the sheep ranch. If you drive, give yourself a few extra minutes. We played in relatively benign conditions. A little d
  4. > @kaschreiber said: > > @hbrar99 said: > > > @kaschreiber said: > > > > @hbrar99 said: > > > > @kaschreiber, did you find the lodge suite was comfortable with 8 of you in there? We usually stay at the Inn with my yearly group and already share rooms, just wanted your thoughts. Did you share beds or get cots? I have stayed in there with just 4 of us and honestly felt like the space was big enough, but just haven't pulled the trigger on putting 8 in there. Would be nice to know your thoughts on it. > > > > > > > > >
  5. > @kaschreiber said: > > @hbrar99 said: > > @kaschreiber, did you find the lodge suite was comfortable with 8 of you in there? We usually stay at the Inn with my yearly group and already share rooms, just wanted your thoughts. Did you share beds or get cots? I have stayed in there with just 4 of us and honestly felt like the space was big enough, but just haven't pulled the trigger on putting 8 in there. Would be nice to know your thoughts on it. > > > > > > I thought it was plenty of room without cots. We were there to shower after our final rounds,
  6. @kaschreiber, did you find the lodge suite was comfortable with 8 of you in there? We usually stay at the Inn with my yearly group and already share rooms, just wanted your thoughts. Did you share beds or get cots? I have stayed in there with just 4 of us and honestly felt like the space was big enough, but just haven't pulled the trigger on putting 8 in there. Would be nice to know your thoughts on it.
  7. Duffer, I think I have seen in other posts that you usually go in November. Will this be your first trip in April? My group trip is always in April, the week after the Masters. I'll be making my first solo trip in November this year. Bummer that the sun sets so early in November. We can usually play until 7:30 - 8:00 in April.
  8. I called today for final planning for my trip in a few weeks and was told that they are scheduled to open April 1st.
  9. Quick tip on your socks. I always where long socks when going to Bandon. I find that the low-cut or no show socks leave just the slightest gap when walking and my ankles/leg get really cold. Years ago, I got a few pairs of compression socks that run up my calf and those have also helped with some soreness, especially when playing 36. I also recommend a snood. Keeping my neck and ears covered when the wind is blowing helps keep my warm.
  10. Another thing to consider when deciding to use SS. I have heard of guys not use SS and when they got to Portland, they did not have a car rental that was big enough to handle all 4 guys luggage and clubs. If you are going by yourself, it is not a big deal. But with a group, it is something that you want to make sure you get a vehicle big enough or consider shipping your clubs directly.
  11. I usually use Ship sticks if I have connecting flights or if I am going somewhere else beforehand. I have an irrational fear of arriving at my destination with my clubs not making the trip. Part of my penance for my annual trip to Bandon is taking my wife and kids to Vancouver for a few days to visit my in-laws. They stay in Vancouver while I head to Bandon and we all meet at home. So checking my clubs to Vancouver and then to Bandon afterwards, the cost ordinarily would be the same as using SS and I don't have to lug them around. I do like to ship my clubs on the way home. I sometimes have
  12. I have always just sent everything to arrive the day before I do and never had any problems, including when we have had some really rough whether. I am going in April as well, and some of the promo's out from Shipsticks right now have made it cheaper to send my luggage and clubs direct to Bandon than checking them in on my flights. In the event that you are arriving late, just call the front desk and let them know. They are very helpful and accommodating. When I've stayed in the lodge in the past, they have put my luggage in our rooms when they were notified. One recommendation. I print
  13. Price is month/season dependent at Bandon. We've been going in April for quite a while for various reasons. This year, at The Inn, for a trip from Wed - Sun, 6 rounds and the preserve, it will be about $1700. The four of us who will be playing Eugene CC have that extra green fee and one extra night at Bandon. We used to take caddies, but after carrying our own bags last year I think we will continue to carry and save the money. I loved the caddies, but we have decided to save the money and have a pretty good feel of the courses now. If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to a
  14. Thanks for the recommendation and have a great time. Getting great weather is just icing on the cake when you are out there. Enjoy!
  15. If i may ask, how did you get on Eugene CC? We are heading to Bandon in late April and wanted to hit the course. I know it is private. I'm positive I can have my club here in Atlanta call out there, but was curious if you arranged it another way? The pro from my brother’s club called and it was easy enough. good luck.
  16. Lol, no. I've played the preserve after 36, done an emergency 9 at Bandon Dunes after 36 and played 54 in Scotland. Not as young as I once was and killed the rest of my trip doing playing 54. Will try to play in the morning as a warmup on one of the 11:00 am tee time days. On a side note, a few years ago when we played the front 9 on Bandon Dunes, it was a blast. As our 3rd round of the day, it was free. Plus, at 5:45, the starter let us go out as an 8some and play a big skins game. Was an awesome experience.
  17. Very fortunate, I count my blessings. My brother and I made it an annual trip and it has since grown. Our wives are more than understanding. Get lucky and make another trip here and there for business as well. Nice itinerary for balancing hanging out with friends and getting in lots of golf. Keep it loose. You can always head out on Shorty's if you need a few more holes before dinner. Actually thinking of trying to play shorty's one morning before my round as a warmup. Anyone ever done that?
  18. With 12 guys I put together an itinerary so everyone knows where to be. But it always changes a bit. Having so much time in the mornings, I am sure a few us will be there more than once. Possibly in the morning, definitely after the Pac Dunes round. But we will get all 12 together at least once.
  19. The reservations desk at Bandon is as friendly and helpful as I have encountered. Don't hesitate to call and ask. We actually now are up to 12. To make sure I get the tee times and rooms we want, I usually schedule almost a year in advance. But we are somewhat specific as to where we like to stay. I try to make sure that we can get rooms at the Inn, specifically the golf doubles so that have the grassy area outside of them and can go from room to room. Also, in years past when we played 36 more often, I wanted to make sure that we had early tee times so that we could play our replay rounds ear
  20. I am 16 weeks away from my 8th trip to Bandon. Starting to get to my anxious phase. Trip is too far out to get too excited, close enough for me to start final planning for the trip and start thinking about it all the time. I thought I would share our itinerary with others and as always, am open to suggestions on ways to improve. Here goes. Tuesday - 4 of us arrive in Eugene between 10:45 and 11:15. Pick up our car rental and head to Eugene CC. 1:30 tee time. Never played, we are excited. We generally get in late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. This year we were able to make it in
  21. Did someone tell you that the last tee time at the Preserve is 3:00? I only ask because I have had 5:45 tee times at The Preserve. You may want to call back and get clarification. They are usually fairly accommodating and my experience is that they will send guys out so long as its not dark. Usually 3:00 is seems to be about the latest guaranteed to finish time on a full 18, but you can go off after 3:00 on any course. We regularly play the front 9 at Bandon Dunes, teeing off early in the evening. Play it is your second round of the day for a replay rate or your 3rd round of the day for free
  22. Thank you. We are planning on going in mid June after the kids are out of school. Probably be there for Fathers day time frame, give or take a week. I will definitely explore the idea of staying in the north. Thank you for the recommendation on Swing Golf. I will look into them as well.
  23. I appreciate the insight. One thing I have discovered in my travels is that the time to travel certain mileage / Kilometers in different places in the world is not always the same at home. 120 miles on CA freeways is not the same as 120 miles on country roads. Thank you. I will definitely have to take that into account.
  24. Wow, thank you so much. That is great information. Your trip looked like a blast. I am hoping to coordinate it all on my own, but between work, family and life not sure on how much time I will have. I will definitely call RCD soon and look closer at the writeups you have posted. Thanks again
  25. Hello everyone, wanted to get some insight. Planning a family vacation in Europe where my brother and I will stay behind to play golf in Ireland. After some travel, we anticipate ending the family trip in Dublin for a few days, where they will head home and we will start our golf trip. A tentative itinerary, assuming we can get tee times would look like this We were thinking of trying to play Royal Portmarnock one morning while with the family still in Dublin. to squeeze in an extra round. On the day the family leaves, we would like to get to Royal County Down. I consider this day 1 of o
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