Of all the Bandon Dunes courses, personally, I like this one the best. I played from the 5,600 yard markers, and felt guilty, almost, when I was so much further forward than the tips, but it's a lot more fun when you play from a yardage that fits your ability. There's enough strategic considerations to keep you looking at the yardage book for a couple minutes on every tee box, but again, it makes the game a lot more fun when you can aim (or try) for a landing area that is conducive to the next shot. Tight lies are the key words on all the courses at Bandon Dunes, so make sure you can hit the big ball first. Otherwise, keep it on the ground by using a putting driver, pitching wedge, and your putter. You'll score a lot better if you do. As usual, the staff was friendly, accommodating, and helpful.
Date Played: December 30, 2016 | Cost: $75.00
Bandon Trails is a half coast line, half forest track...mostly forest. I played from the 6,200 yard tees and the course took my name and then some. Navigating the course on foot is not for the faint of heart. The track lives up to it's name with some steep trails going up, and down, to and from tee boxes. Multiple elevation changes mark the course which also provide much of the character. At one point on the course, they actually have a guy with a buggy to take you up to one of the tee boxes.
Undulating fairways and fast, multi-level greens make for some strategic contemplation on where you want to place your shots. It's your favorite hilly course...on steroids.
Wonderful little snack shack conveniently located on the course.
Date Played: December 29, 2016 | Cost: $75.00