Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Countdown To Bandon- Gearing Up
One of the appealing features of Bandon Dunes is its location on the Pacific Ocean coast of Oregon. That location is a double edged sword because being right on the ocean means you will be faced with wind and rain.
Bandon averages 4.8 inches of rain a month (although less than inch during the Summer) so gear for the elements is a must. http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/bandon/oregon/united-states/usor0023
Even though I have grown up in Upstate NY, living in California has softened me and my wardrobe so I need to up my game for the elements. Enter Galway Bay, a US company that makes top end gear that rivals Galvin Green and others in my humble opinion.
I have two pieces of their gear, their jacket and their pants:
What I like about them is that all their gear is waterproof but it doesn't feel bulky, its all pretty lightweight. I also LOVE the fact the pants can come in any size length you want. I find myself needing 30.5 or 31 on pants and I ordered a 31 in these babies and like Goldilocks, they fit great!
The pants have been tried and true after golfing in very cold Texas weather so they have held up!
I also have been reading a lot of forum posts and a lot of people recommend having 2 pairs of shoes to switch things up if you are playing 36 holes a day. Good thing I have Ecco golf shoes, those things are super comfortable and are water resistant so they should hold up to the Bandon turf!
Days Till Bandon: 109 days
Random Bandon Fact: There is a secret Bandon course which is right next to the resort but not affiliated (maybe?) with it. Playing by some covert reservation system and you make up your own holes! http://theaposition.com/jeffwallach/golf/courses-and-travel/50/flocking-to-the-sheep-ranch
Random Bandon Review: Breaking Eighty has a great review of Pacific Dunes: http://breakingeighty.com/pacific-dunes