Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Golf Vacation Destinations: Bandon Dunes

The Brandon Dunes golf resort at Brandon, Oregon could be a suitable destination for your golfing vacation. This is the resort that tops Golf Digest's top resorts in North America. With four top class golf courses located on the Pacific coastline there's plenty of variety at this resort.

Among its courses is that of the Pacific Dunes golf course. The course extends some 6,633 yards. This is a course that has a variety of holes that play alongside the ocean, such as the par-4 13th. This is a course with shore pines and 60 acre sand dunes. As the architect notes, “The rippling fairways are very much as we found them; so are the natural bunkers at the 2nd, 7th, 11th, 13th, 16th, and 18th holes, which guided our routing.” Golf Magazine ranks it the top public golf course in the United States.

Or you can play the Bandon Dunes Course. This is located on a bluff elevated above the Pacific Ocean. As it unfolds across pristine native dunes a variety of the course's holes have scenic ocean views.  

The Bandon Trails golf course is one that merges with sand dunes and the coastal forest. This is a 6,732 yard par- 71 course. Unlike other courses at the resort it does include any coastal holes.  

The longest course at this resort is that of Old MacDonald which extends 6,944 yards. This is the most recent layout to be added to Brandon Dunes. Old MacDonald begins further inland, plays across dunes on the third hole and then the course expands to the resort's Pacific coastline. Along its holes there are notable variations in elevation, and some huge greens are included. At the 377 yard par-3 there is an uphill climb to the hole which is plopped atop a dune ridge with the ocean below. With a variety of coastal holes it seems the course is comparable to other gems at the resort.

With a collection of great modern golf courses the Brandon Dunes resort is one to note. Check out its website for further details.

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