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1st Time Bandon Trip - Did I bite off more than I can chew?


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5 hours ago, BG5 said:

Any last advice for a first timer?

Looks like an amazing agenda.  I'll be there for the Solstice myself so perhaps we may meet up along with the other WRXers.

 

My #1 "don't leave home without it" item would be some type of Body Glide/Chamois Butt'r to avoid chafing and blisters on your feet. That's one item that (to my knowledge) they don't sell at the resort. Some of the other stuff like lip balm/sunscreen/Advil/etc. you can buy there.  My feet especially blistered up bad on my first trip. Also I bring a Brazyn packable foam roller. I do think they have foam rollers in the gym at BD but I like the convenience of having it in the room.

 

Also this is totally random but they only have Pepsi products on site. Not an issue for me but one of my buddies has picked up a 12-pack of Coke on the way to each subsequent trip.

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Under usual circumstances, I'd agree.  Bandon is just different.  The vibe, the courses, the views make it a lot less taxing.

 

The most indispensable thing I brought (other than my IDGAF attitude toward my score) was a foot massage ball (like this).   

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7 hours ago, BG5 said:

Any last advice for a first timer?

Find time late one afternoon to play the 9 hole Shorty’s course at the south end of the practice facility.  Even better, do it carrying your putter and just two or three irons, manufacturing shots you normally wouldn’t try. 
 

Assuming you have your own car, drive down to the Pacific Ocean at sunrise and take a walk on the beach. While the resort and all the courses sit 100’ or so feet above the ocean, if you take Whisky Run Rd about 200 yards past the entrance to the Sheep Ranch, there’s a small parking area and easy access to a really pretty beach. You can even drive right onto it if you’d like. 
 

Take the very short hike through the forest near the Chrome Lake Cottages to The Labyrinth. Sit and reflect for a bit. 
 

Enjoy a glass or three of single malt with friends at the outdoor fireplace adjacent to McKee’s Pub. 
 

Savor the experience. All of it. 

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2 hours ago, rp4golf said:

I dunno, but to me the biggest stumbling block is playing 12 rounds in 6 days.
That's A LOT of golf.
Not just all the walking you've planned. Hell, that would be a lot of golf even if you were taking a cart.

I'm with you, 12 in six days would kill me and I adore that place.  Most I've done is 8 in 5 days and that was probably 1 round too many, I was dragging the last 18 holes.  The wind in the afternoons plus the hard turf is very draining for me.

 

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