Everyone talks about the golf courses at Bandon Dunes. Is this one better than that one? Did you play all of them? How about that Punchbowl? Bandon Dunes is more than just the golf however and they fully live up to the "resort" part in their title.
The resort is operated for one purpose, in order to take you away from your everyday life and instill a sense of calm and serenity to your stay. You could spend hours watching the fire roar on the patio.
Heck they even have shampoo that adds to this overall sentiment.
Every building that makes up the resort incorporates natural elements in the interiors and exteriors to try and blend seamlessly into the landscape making this an all encompassing stay amongst the dunes rather than having the buildings and your rooms be divorced from the surroundings.
Speaking of the rooms, I stayed in the Lily Pond cottages, which consist of several two bedroom lodgings per complex which surround a pond (with very vocal frogs). The rooms were well appointed but the big selling point is each comes with a back deck that looks out over the pond which provides a nice way to wind down or start the day.
Each golf course has a restaurant attached to it ranging from just a stop-n-go place at Old MacDonald to much more high end fare at the Bandon Lodge. My favorite place was the restaurant at Pacific Dunes. The views are the best on the property, the food is good, the waiters are great and you can amble down the Punchbowl after all the festivities.
Let's talk about the food for a second. The food was solid (and yes I tried Grandma's Meatloaf)
but the real standouts are the fried cheese curds (utilizing cheese from a local Bandon cheesemaker) and the beef brisket sandwich both found at McKees. These are the must haves at the resort.
However smartly designed the resort is, or how good the food is, what you remember at the end of the day is the service and in this category, Bandon shines above any other place I have stayed thus far. The people working at the Resort are very friendly and very interested in helping you have the best stay possible. Everything is set up to help you enjoy and relax from shuttle services that seem to appear within an instant to calling them to everyone at the Resort seemingly tuned into what will make your stay the best and providing it.
Interactions with various staff members in golf shops, restaurants or elsewhere were great and aside from the golf, the resort itself is more than worth it to stay there. I highly recommend the Resort in Bandon Dunes Golf Resort!
For more info on Bandon, check out this link: https://www.bandondunesgolf.com/