Bandon Dunes is fabulous! NSGA had an outstanding and unique experience!
Nineteen new, and old, friends spent four glorious days at one of golf’s greatest locations. Located in a remote part of Oregon along the Pacific Ocean, Bandon Dunes is beautiful, luxurious and without equal as far as golf courses. Plus the food and accommodations are terrific!
Some of our guests spent Sunday evening in Portland and then took the “NSGA Shuttle” to the resort four and a half hours away. Others met us at the resort. With everyone in attendance, we headed out to Bandon Preserve, an excellent par three course. Despite some rain and wind, it was tremendous fun.
Opening dinner was delicious and especially fun when we were joined by the renowned Golf Pro, Grant Rogers (“The Wizard of Bandon Dunes”). Grant regaled us with fascinating stories and instruction on how to play each course. He was serious when he said we could putt from 50-100 yards away (but I’m not sure if anyone actually took him up on that).
Tuesday we played Bandon Dunes golf course. A tough but very fair test of golf. Fortunately, we all had caddies and got great advice playing this unfamiliar eighteen. The weather was OK with early morning fog followed by temps in the 50s but no rain and not much wind. After golf we enjoyed cocktails during NSGA’s hospitality hour and followed it up by heading into town for a very nice group dinner at Edgewaters Restaurant.
On Wednesday we played the newest Bandon Course, Old MacDonald. Another fair test of golf but this one had gigantic greens – the largest putting surfaces I have ever seen. The weather cooperated by being pretty sunny with temps in the high 50s and little wind. Following golf, we once again convened for NSGA’s hospitality hour and followed drinks up with a group dinner at another fine local restaurant, Alloro.
The final day of our event, Thursday, challenged everyone. We played the #2 Best Public Golf Course in the U.S. (according to Golf Digest), Pacific Dunes. And we played it on a very windy day with gusts above 30 miles per hour. This was a real test. First off, the course is beautiful with the ocean in view for many holes. But the course is tough and even tougher with the wind blowing. Nevertheless, it’s fun and, once again, our caddies made it more so. It was an outstanding day.
Our awards dinner on Thursday evening once again proved how good the food is at Bandon Dunes Resort. No one wanted to leave and dinner lasted over three hours.
Friday, departure day, included a round on Bandon Trails for those hardy enough to walk four days in a row. The course heads away from the ocean and is a wonderful challenge.
Bandon Dunes Resort is a great place to visit for terrific golf and a luxurious golf vacation. If you haven’t been there it deserves a high spot on your bucket list.