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Pacific Dunes Golf Course

pacific dunes golf course

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pacific dunes golf links

Pacific Dunes is one of four courses at the world renowned Bandon Dunes Golf Resort located near Bandon, Oregon. When the Bandon Dunes opened in 1999 it was one of the best true links courses the country had ever seen and quickly gained attention on an international scale.

pacific dunes golf course

history of the course

Come 2001, Pacific Dunes stole the show. This course was and is nothing short of magical. It feels almost like a long hidden natural gem that was discovered rather than intentionally built. It provides a truly singular experience especially to those who have only ever played on American soil. This spotless Tom Doak design is arranged in a figure 8 with 9 in each loop giving you spectacular seaside holes and just as inspiring inland ones.

golf holes at pacific dunes golf course

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You begin with the first hole in the woods, with sand, gorse and the rippling landscape it can be quite intimidating. There is quite a large green waiting to discovered and strategically hidden from sight to the right and is not as difficult to hit as you would have initially thought. The third hole is what some consider to be the best par 5 of the whole course. The tee is elevated giving the golfer a fantastic first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean making the shot difficult given the prevailing wind that will most probably be hitting you head on. However there are two bunkers in the middle of the fairway that you can use to guide you. 

The fourth brings you right up to the edge of the bluffs and the waves crashing not 100 feet below. You’ve got to be extremely precise on this daunting hole that runs along narrowly between dune and sea. The fifth while as stunning and memorable as the rest isn’t too difficult; the one thing to keep in mind is that you will have the prevailing wind to your back so make sure to factor that in when deciding how long you want to make the shot. On the sixth hole you have a terrific shot at a birdie, which has just as much a chance of becoming over par. Should you stay right you should have no problem at all taking the low score on this fun par 4. 

The seventh is considered the hardest hole you’ll play it’s quite a long par four, with an erratically bumpy green and quite a few bunkers. Fingers crossed that the wind is on your side because if not you’re in for quite a ride. The 11th is the course’s featured hole, it’s got the smallest green which is also surrounded be gorse, beach grass and bunkers. It’s right by the ocean giving you scenic relief while you plan out your shot on this short but challenging par 3. 

Many reviewers have called the 13th and 4th two of the most visually stunning par 4s you’ll find in the country. The tees are set up back to back and continue in opposite directions for different lengths. This hole is placed dramatically between coastal cliff that runs along the left side and an impressive 65 foot dune to the right. The elevated green has a sloped front that deflects any shot that falls too short so watch out for that one as well. The 17th is the last par 3 and first Redan of the course with bunkers protecting the angled front of the green which also angles down in the back. This one calls for just a quick, calculated shot to get the ball safely on the green and out of danger. 

The final hole is as daunting as it is beautiful. The green is sort of bowl shaped and surrounded by three or four terrifying bunkers ending this 18 hole course just as memorably as it started. Pacific Dunes is a spectacular, unique course where it’s hard to see where nature ends and the work of Doak begins. Rated number one Resort Golf Course in the country by Golfweek magazine in 2005 and 8th Best Links Course by Golf Magazine in 2014. 
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golf tips for pacific dunes course

Numbers are as irrelevant here as at the Old Course at St. Andrews. It’s just man against course - and weather. And golf really doesn’t get much purer than that.” This is an unforgettable experience you don’t want to miss.”

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