The entirety of the Bandon Dunes experience—from taking a tiny prop plane into North Bend, Ore. to traversing the seaside links on the Pacific Coast—will blow you away.
What may be my greatest takeaway from my trip—a 105-hole marathon in three days—was that there’s nothing subtle or bland about Bandon.
The greens are so huge—some 60 or more yards long—that they deserve their own zipcode.
Many pot bunkers literally have stairs to enter and exit because they're that steep.
You're living in a postcard anytime you reach one of Bandon's dramatic coastal holes.
And when you're off the course, well, the food is rich, the drinks are strong and the town of Bandon is a charming getaway.
From the first tee shot to the final putt, the golf in this part of the world is more than just another round of 18 holes; it's an experience that connects you with the roots of authentic links golf. Limiting the coolest things about Bandon to just 15 was about as easy as hitting the ball under the wind at Pacific Dunes or finding a way to two-putt on Old Mac’s gargantuan greens.
But take a look at the list and prepare for an exhilarating adventure into links golf!
Also, take a look at the rest of the series about Bandon Dunes: