Many golfers compare the Pacific Dunes, one of three golf courses at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon coast, to the traditional links of the British Isles. The creators of this course do not shy away from the comparison, the old world links experience of the 19th century clubs in the British Isles is what resort founder Mike Keiser set out to do from the onset.
Designed by Tom Doak, Pacific Dunes opened in 2001. It is remarkably different in character and shot making requirements than the courses at Bandon Dunes. Pacific Dunes doesn’t feel like it was built, but more like it was discovered. Rippling fairways remain just as they were found and natural bunkers line the landscape as they have for centuries. The course emerges from shore pines to spectacular 60-foot sand dunes. When the wind blows, precise approach shots are a necessity. Pacific Dunes is short enough to give you hope, but rugged enough to test every aspect of your game.
Bandon Dunes contains 6,557 yards full of the golf experience and is the shortest of all the golf courses here. This golf course has a slope rating of 133 on Fescue grass and has the longest tees for a par 71. Just because this is the shortest course does not mean it is the easiest. It is a test for golfers, with holes that weave in and out difficult, and beautiful sand dunes. The best holes here are said to be: 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 18.