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  1. All right guys it's time to move on from some stuff.... Willing to listen to all reasonable offers, but not looking for any trades right now. 1. PXG GEN 3 0311ST 4-W $1300 $1250 obro---- These may be the most beautiful irons that I have ever seen, unfortunately they just aren't for me. Clubs are in great condition as you can see in the pictures. Probably less than 10 rounds on them, standard loft/lie and length. Project X LZ 6.5 shafts. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions about these.
  2. You can't go wrong with another round on Pacific. I hate being that guy and saying anything negative about Bandon and the courses, but Sheep just didn't do it for me at all. In the afternoon the place was just congested and people going every which direction as things are very on top of each other. Now once things mature and change and the popularity dies down I will go back and play again to assess how I feel. As for now, I could go back to the resort and have zero interest to play the course. Your mileage may vary though, and as a single you will have no issue playing a second round there if you really enjoy the course.
  3. Thursday March 11th- 8am Pacific Dunes---The course was in absolute perfect shape. Honestly this is the best that I have ever seen the greens on Pacific. They rolled true and quickish, very receptive to good shots. 2nd best greens on the property behind Trails in my opinion. I always have the debate about which course is my favorite. To me Pacific has more teeth than Bandon Dunes. I find Bandon Dunes to be the most playable, so if you aren't hitting it great there is some forgiveness. Pacific demands a little more from you in my opinion, so if you are hitting it well it really presents a great course and a lot of fun. There have been lots of times I didn't hit it well and Pacific kicked my teeth in. This trip I will say Pacific 1A, Bandon Dunes 1B. I realized that I didn't have any pictures of the course because I did a bunch of short video calls with my son who was dying to be there. So I decided to do a more hole by hole summary to try and paint a picture of the course, not sure if you guys really want to hear me relive my round but it's the best I can offer: Again we had amazing weather all day. Was probably 48 degrees when we teed off, but the wind was so calm that it didn't really bother me. Couple hand warmers in the pockets and off we went. I'm not sure how most of you feel about Pacific, and I'm well aware of it's rankings, but I kind of have a love hate relationship with the course. I have played some of my best golf out there, but it seems like every hole is lurking with disaster. I personally appreciate the uniqueness on every hole, the design aesthetics, and the absolute grandeur that you feel out there. Few things I would say... take an iron or hybrid off the first couple of holes. They are short and simple and should ease you into your rounds with some pars, maybe a birdie if you can hit a nice wedge in there. Avoid going right at all costs. I see too many guys try and get aggressive with drivers on those holes and it just brings a lot of stress into play, just no need to do that in my opinion. Made a couple of easy pars with the driving iron on 1 and 2. Unfortunately I found the middle bunker on the 3rd hole and had to play sideways and couldn't get up and down for my par. 4 was playing wind into us and blowing towards the water. Tees were up so I aimed over the left bunkers and just wanted to avoid the Ocean. Lo and behold there is a sand trap over those bunkers and I proceeded to hit it in another bunker down the left side. Made an amazing up and down from there and knew I had stolen a stroke. Hit a good shoot into 5 to make par. The 6th hole always seems to be really good or really bad, my advice is to just make sure you go right. Nothing good happens down the left side. Hit a good driving iron and left myself 40 yards. Couldn't make the 10 footer and settled for par. The 7th hole always gives me trouble, hit it way right and made a 30 footer for bogey. Made another stupid bogey out of a divot on 8, then finally got to play the lower green on 9 and missed a 10 footer for birdie. I will take a +3 any day on the front 9. Started the back off in style and hit it to 3 feet on 10 from the upper box into the wind, managed to make that one. Made par on 11 after another good tee shot. Salvaged par at 12 as I couldn't get up and down for birdie . 13 was playing wind back into us and I hit a great drive and stuck my wedge to 10 feet and made the birdie. 14 was strait downwind and my tee shot found the back of the green and I made bogey on an ugly 3 putt. 15... Hit my drive into the fairway bunker and had to take my medicine and play a wedge out kind of sideways. Skipped a wedge up there and my ball ricochet off the stick and made a little 4 footer for birdie. 16th hole is just never good for me. It was downwind and everyone else was hitting driver. I know better, nothing good every happens with the driver if this hole is playing downwind. Well I roasted the drive and hit it into the rough behind the green next to a bunker. Ball was buried in one of those tufts of fescue and I thought I could stand in the bunker and get it out... long story short I didn't get it out and took an unplayable and carded a double. GUYS, JUST PLAY TO 50-60 yards out and hit a nice little wedge. 17 make sure you go right. I was dumb enough to challenge the flag and found the massive bunker to the left. Hit a great shot though to 5 feet and made a nice par. Hit it left in the bunker on 18 and ended up carding a bogey to finish of my best round on pacific, +4 75.
  4. Agreed, I never do it but I wouldn't go to great lengths trying to change things or worry too much about it. I walked 36 4 straight days and could have gone another few. Your feet will be tired at the end of the day no matter what, but if your stamina is good and you do some recovery I think you can walk as much as you want. I bought some Epsom salts at the dollar general in town and used the tub in our room to soak my body every morning as the hot tub was not available. I also brought my theragun and foam roller and used them religiously. Also I paid a lot of attention to my hydration each day, really trying to drink enough Gatorade and water each day, especially in the evenings and mornings. I also made sure to hydrate well the week prior to going. I think those little things add up in a big way if you are trying to walk 36 everyday for several days.
  5. Hey guys let me answer some of your questions before I post about our Thursday rounds. First off the mornings were chilly. I usually wear leggings and long sleeve as base layer so I didn't find it to be an issue. Seemed to warm up pretty quick as the sun came out. The biggest factor is the wind, if it's whipping then you will feel that cold 100x more than a calm morning with sun out. As far as outside alcohol on the property, should be a non issue. I actually think they may have small ice chests you can request (don't quote me on that) but our rooms in Chrome Lake all had refrigerators, and you can buy a gas station Styrofoam ice chest if need be. Ice should be readily available for you to keep things chilled. As far as Old Mac and Trails in the same day... I wouldn't say it's a rookie mistake per se, but those are the two longest walks. Trails in the afternoon and Old Mac in the morning are definitely the right way to go though to avoid the worst winds. If you are in good shape, I wouldn't make a big deal about it. Several guys in our group took caddies, I was not one of them. I actually brought my ewheels electric push cart, which was nice. I would say where I see the most value with a caddie is the green reads. A good caddie with some experience understands the greens better than you will and can save you shots on the greens for sure, plus the lines of the tee and carrying your bag are a nice touch. And in my opinion I would not hesitate to switch a round from Sheep Ranch to any of the other courses. I am a big fan of Old Mac and never understand why some people just don't like. Sheep needs time to grow in and develop, but even then I just didn't find it that interesting as they others.
  6. Yeah I feel you buddy. We probably had the best weather that I've ever had on any Bandon Trip. Didn't event think about rain gear at anytime other than our arrival day. Accuweather was pretty spot on for what we got during our trip. Course conditions were perfect, atmosphere was excellent even with the Covid restrictions.
  7. Guys feel free to ask any questions, I will probably get a new review up tomorrow morning for our rounds at Pacific and Sheep Ranch (afternoon).
  8. Wednesday 10th- 7AM- Sheep Ranch--- Our first full round of the week was the pacesetter round at Sheep Ranch. This was going to be me first round on the new course and I could have been more excited. I love all of the courses at Bandon, some more than others depending on the weather and how I'm hitting the ball. There is a full driving range at Sheep Ranch, so get there with plenty of time to warm up and get ready. The starter made sure to inform us of all of the accolades that Sheep had already received, and let us know that it is currently the most played of any of their courses. I don't want to go into a hole by hole review (but am more than happy to answer any specific questions you may have about any of the holes). The weather was perfect, bit of a morning chill, but relatively no wind and nobody out on the golf course. The opening hole is stunning, as you rise above the crest and see the Pacific and much of the course to your left. A simple hole, but you will have to work for your birdie. My impression of Sheep was that the beauty of the sight, the playability from almost any location, and constant reminder of the Ocean made it a joy to play. I will say that as a golf course it was not my favorite on the property, in fact it may have been my least favorite of our trip. A few things that contributed to my ranking were that the greens were so firm. When you drop a ball on them you could hear that hard sound, you could hardly get a tee in them. You didn't really make a single pitch mark. I understand that they are new and not mature yet, but for a course that is totally exposed to the wind this can make it difficult to hold if you are not elevating your approach shots or hitting downwind. I constantly was trying to just get the ball on the front knowing it would release. The collection areas around the greens made for some challenging recovery efforts, I felt like a lot of the greens were elevated so this made approach and recovery shots difficult. Also the greens were very thin and almost muddy. The grass has not matured on the greens, and the amount of play that they are receiving is making it difficult to grow. I felt that the elements factored into putting more than any course. If you were putting downwind or down grain you had to make sure that was part of your equation, and the same into the wind or into the grain. My final thought is that the inward holes are kind of bland, and that there is not as many defining characteristics as the other courses. No holes really stood out on that stretch, was just kind of a back and forth on wide open green grass. This course is absolutely beautiful and has several memorable holes, but it does feel crammed and on top of each other. I shot an 80 and putted horrendously. With no wind and calm conditions this course has little to no teeth and should be the easiest you play. I would give it a solid B grade. It is a must play, but I will be surprised if anyone says it is their favorite of the 5. As the first group out we played in about 3:45. 1240PM- Bandon Dunes--- After our morning round we headed over to The Gallery to order lunch and eat before our afternoon round. We called into the Gallery beforehand, and our food was ready for us when we got off the shuttle. Luckily they had some tents set up with heaters, as the wind was beginning to pick up. We were very fortunate our entire trip to have calm mornings, and winds from 15-20 in the afternoons. The sun was out, but I don't think the temperature ever exceeded 55 on any day we got there. There is not a whole lot to be said about the original course at the resort. For many this is their favorite course, I would have to echo those sentiments as I feel that each hole is interesting to play and has a variety of options and never gets boring. Every time I step onto that first tee box there I know that I am in for a fun and enjoyable round, I'm so excited because I know what's coming, it's easy to get distracted and let your mind wander to the upcoming holes. The course conditions were excellent, and I was impressed by the greens. I would probably put these greens as the 3rd best and that is not a knock on them. They were not overly fast, but they rolled true and I didn't notice any abnormal bumps or bad rolls. True joy to putt on. A few things I would note, do not go in the bunker on the left of the fairway on the 3rd hole, really no way to advance it much and almost need to play sideways. Also way right on the 4th hole is not where you want to be to enjoy the beauty of that hole. The old driving range between 9 and 10 is well kept and a fairway lie haha. 15 was playing dead into the wind and I smoked a 7iron right through it pin high, and failed to make birdie. 16 was playing dead downwind and about 275 from the green tees. Hard decision there as driver and 3 wood would never land soft enough and probably end up on the 17th back tee box. Aimed more left that my heart wanted to with driving iron, but left myself 60 yard shot, managed to make par. 16th is maybe my favorite hole on the course, it is stunning and beautiful from the tee. You can play it a hundred different ways and make a hundred different score it seems. What I have noticed over the years is that the aggressive play does not usually pay off any better that they slightly more conservative one. Couple of the guys ended up in the pot bunker right in front of the green and struggled getting out. Bandon is as enjoyable as they come, could honestly play it everyday for the rest of my life and never be bored with it. Shot 78 there as my putting improved, but also my familiarity with the course allowed me to play it in a way that suited my game that day. We played in about 4:15, and I would give the course an A as always!
  9. Was absolutely stunning. We had amazing weather for out trip. I'm going to try and get my trip report posted as quickly as I can.
  10. I'm going to say that these were the best I have ever seen the greens while at Bandon. Trails had the best greens, followed by Pac, then Bandon, then Old Mac, and Sheep way behind in last place. I know trails held a college tournament the weekend before we got there so maybe that was part of it but they were firm and rolled perfect. Pacific was also very nice roll, but not overly fast. Bandon was very solid and had no issues there. Old Mac has fescue greens so they are much different than the others, probably slower and a touch bumpy but nothing unplayable. Sheep has new fescue greens that have not grown in and matured and are very firm. This makes them inconsistent and susceptible to wind and into and down grain putts.
  11. I've flown Southwest loads of times with my clubs. You can put anything that meets the weight requirement in your bag. Rain Gear should not be an issue at all. As far as dinning goes the resort has really done a great job in streamlining getting your food. The provide you with a QR code to access the menus and and place your order ahead. I always placed lunch orders on the 18th tee box at the corresponding restaurant for our next round. Worked out nicely as the food was ready when I got there and I didn't have to wait. They have some tents set up at the Gallery with heaters if you want to eat in those, and the normal spots around the fire at McKees and Trails End. We ate up on the patio at Pacific a few times also. Also went to Bandon Brewing Company for dinner one night, and had dinner delivered to our room from the Gallery and McKees (took about an hour). Things are running very smooth, as is normal.
  12. Ok guys I want to start posting my review on my latest trip to Bandon. Not sure if I will post the whole thing in one take, maybe do a couple days with each post. I realized that most of my pictures were actually videos, sorry if I didn't take enough of them. All the same let me get to it. I'm going to try to be honest in my evaluation of the courses, and the things that I liked and the things that I didn't care for as much. Also I'm going to try and give an update on the way things are currently being run on the resort. With that being said, lets dive in: Tuesday March 9th- This was our travel day with Bandon Preserve scheduled in the afternoon at 3:330PM. We left from just north of Sacramento around 530am and made our way up I5. We got a lot of snow as we crossed the pass making our way between California and Oregon. Besides that one stretch of snow, we had pretty clear skies our whole trip. We made a pit stop in Medford to gas up and head over to the Dicks Sporting goods for some socks and other small supplies. Back in the truck and we headed on and got to Bandon at about 130pm. We decided to eat in town, and chose the Bandon Fish Market. I highly recommend this place, food was excellent and hot. It started to rain on us as we ate, and the weather was not looking too promising for our round at the Preserve. We made our way over to the resort after lunch and decided to kill some time at the practice area until we were up at Preserve. The wind was whipping pretty good, and the rain/hail started coming down on us. Threw on the rain gear and rain gloves and kept practicing. Weather didn't really let up much, but we were playing the preserve no matter what. I've never played the preserve in all my times at Bandon. I guess I always felt that If I was going to play I wanted to play one of the big courses, even though preserve looked beautiful. We started our round in the rain and it probably let up after around the 3rd hole, giving way to some beautiful views off the ocean. I didn't take any pictures at preserve as it was raining and I had my phone stashed away in my bag. The course was awesome, great condition, and very fun. The experience seemed to go by way too quickly though. We played in 1.5 hours and it felt like we were left wanting more golf. Highlight for me was a 2 putt birdie on the last hole. My honest thought on preserve.... you have to accept it for what it is. It was the perfect addition to a travel day, but it's not necessarily cheap. Fun to shake off the rust and get ready for a lot of golf ahead, but you probably won't be talking about it much on the trip. I'm glad that I took the time to finally play it, but probably won't go out of my way to play it again.
  13. Ok guys just got back yesterday from our trip, as always the experience at Bandon was unbelievable! I will do a more in depth course review here shortly. If you have any specific questions I can answer fire away, always more than happy to help you out.
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