Sunday, May 6, 2018
Ranking The Bandon Courses
If you have a multiples of anything (children, dogs, putters) how can you choose which ones are your favorites? There is a game constantly played by golfers of how do you rank the golf courses at Bandon? After playing all the courses at Bandon here is my shot at it.
5. Old MacDonald
The course had a few killer holes but most of the choices off the tee were too bland, the greens too unnecessarily penal and in rough, sandy shape. A nice time in Southern Oregon but many better courses await.
4. The Preserve
The short course is really that good with killer views and killer greens. This is the ultimate chill and play golf course at the Resort and bring your putter for 13!
3. Pacific Dunes
The highest ranked course at the resort but it is middle of the pack here. Its beauty is clear. The test of your skills is present on every hole. I just felt like the routing maximizes the difficulty rather than the enjoyment.
2. Bandon Trails
This is perhaps the best routed course on the property and the collection of par 3s is stunning. The course may suffer from not being wholly routed through the dunes like its sister courses but don't let that get you down, it is a notch above almost all the courses at the Resort.
1. Bandon Dunes
The course simply has it all. Ocean holes, fun inland holes, challenging holes and perhaps my favorite hole in golfdom, the par 4 4th hole. It was the first course built at Bandon but to me it is still the best course built as it gives you both challenges and fun. What more could you ask for from a course?