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6 Days in Heaven on Earth, Bandon Dunes


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1 minute ago, texas_tom said:

O...M...G...

 

That's insane that you could get a reservation for this year!! Congrats!

 

 

We finalized our trip on July 5th, 9 days before the departure. 

I guess I got really lucky with my birthday this year.

I felt so lucky and blessed every single moment I was in Bandon.

Grateful for everything in life.

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If you fly into Seattle to layover somewhere from the east, sit on the right side to see Mt. Baker.

 

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Flying into Eugene sit on the left, flying out of Eugene sit on the right.

You can see Mt. Jefferson, Hood, St. Helens, Adams and Rainier.

 

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Driving from Eugene to Bandon is very scenic.

It is two lane road can be blocked by campers.

So try to stay on I-5 as long as possible.

Otherwise get comfortable and enjoy the ride.

 

 

Wild lives were everywhere!
Deer, squirrels, racoons and all kind of birds.

Wish we had a chance to see whales, dolphins and Tufted Puffins.

But evidently those are rather rare sightings. 

 

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Try all restaurants and bars in the resort.

They all offer slightly different menus and vibes.

Personally, I LOVED the fireplace outside McKee's.

 

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We stayed at 3 out of 5 lodging in the resort.

All were great except Lilly Pond doesn't have elevator mainly because it's only two stories.

If you have a lot of luggages to haul, make sure to ask for the ground level.

 

North Bend is a lot easier option since it's only 45 mins drive to the resort.

But we also heard there's only one flight a day and can be canceled (then you are really screwed).

We also overheard a guy having a meltdown with an airline losing his luggage and golf bag flying into North Bend.

So maybe we'll just ship our sticks to the resort and try to carry our luggage next time flying in and out of North Bend.

 

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I got excited and over packed.

More than half of my luggage was filled with things I didn't need.

You know what you need and don't over pack.

Each course has it's own proshop you'll end up buying something anyways.

Travel light and have some room to fill.

 

My favorite souvenir from the trip.
One of our caddies gave me the looper hat for my birthday.

 

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My boyfriend is not a walker.

He prefers cart and never played more than a few days in a row.

I love walking and I played 12 days straight before.

Walking wasn't an issue for me but it was for my boyfriend.

Frankly I thought he was going to drop out one of 6 rounds but he stuck around!

He even wanted to replay on the last day (now that was just a crazy talk) but his body physically couldn't afford it.

I brought massage gun to massage his feet, legs and back every night/morning to glue him back together for the day.

Bring one if you have one.

I know it'll add weight on your luggage but that could save your day.

 

18 a day, our feet weren't the issue.

Even the sunburn wasn't too bad.

Lips were the problem!

I didn't know what sun and wind can do to your lips.

Make sure to apply lip balm whenever, where ever.

Specially the one with the sun protection and extra moisture.

 

White feet, don't care.

 

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Hire caddie.

Hire one and listen to your caddie.

I truly believe my 3 caddies helped me tremendously to score decent in 4 courses.

(except the one from Sheep Ranch)

They have caddie storages, so make your reserve way ahead of time.

 

Take out all the junk out of your golf bag you don't need.

You don't want any extra weight to carry, push or make your caddie to carry.

I saw a guy had an extra pair of golf shoes in his bag.

Seriously why would you ever need that???

 

I think that's about it for now.

If I remember any, I'll add later.

 

 

 

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great photos and what a special experience for you and bf

 

Definitely makes me wanna go, what golfer wouldn't want to?

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Looks like you had a fantastic time!  Happy belated Birthday!

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Driver - Testing in Progress

7W - Taylormade Ti Bubble II

4-5 Hybrids - Cleveland Halo XL (21*, 24*)

7i - GW - Titleist T200 7-GW

GW - Taylormade MG3 52*

SW - Sub70 JB Forged 56*

LW - Sub70 JB Forged 62*

Putter - Sled 01 (for thr moment)

Ball - Srixon Q Star

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3 hours ago, Lefty_89 said:

Fantastic pictures and report! Always love reading a review from a first-timer and looking forward to part 2.

 

Hate you put you in this spot...but what does your course ranking look like? 👀

 

Mine:

 

1. Pac Dunes

2. Bandon Dunes

3. Sheep Ranch

4. Old Mac

5. Trails

 

Boyfriend:

 

1. Bandon Dunes

2. Sheep Ranch

3. Old Mac

4. Pac Dunes

5. Trails


All these courses are so great, I think ranking also can change based on the weather and your scorecard.

 

 

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Wow! I know you had a great time because I did just looking at this! What a way to spend your birthday. I hope to some day be able to make a trip to Bandon and this thread has really added to the urge. Thank you for sharing this incredible trip with us. 

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Great pics.  I think this is my new favorite Bandon thread.  

 

You're right about what the sand and wind will do to ones lips.  I played Bandon when it was the only course there and i told myself I would never go back after the beating my face and lips took.  Thankfully I broke that promise. 🙂

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1 hour ago, BirdieWonder said:

What a great write up.  This is Day 1 of my exploration of planning a trip to Bandon Dunes, also from the East Coast.  Thanks for sharing at the pics, videos and details.  And Happy Belated Birthday;)

 

You gonna love it and can't wait to hear about your trip!

 

Thank you!

Although, my birthday is coming up in 3 months again.

It's going to be my 50th and we are going to the open championship and 11 days in Ireland.

Another trip report "15 days in Heaven on earth, Scotland & Ireland" coming! 😄

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