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Last updated: 16 April, 2022
Expert travel writer: Fionn Davenport

The original course at Bandon Dunes resort is still a wonder – the infinity-view greens that stretch out into the Pacific merge dramatically into the blue of the ocean; an extraordinary combination of man-made and natural beauty.

It is less dramatic than the newer Pacific Dunes, but everything about this course works – the undulating fairways; the devilish bunkers perfectly placed to make you second-guess your shot selection; those perfect greens.

And the Pacific is everywhere; beyond the wild dunes and the wind-blown marram grass, which all serve to create the impression of playing golf in the middle of a beautiful wilderness. Which, effectively, you are.

Price from: £100
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Getting there & doing it

Bandon Dunes is 110 miles south of Portland. You don’t need to book too far in advance – a week or so should be plenty, but you’ll usually get a tee time a day or two before.

When to do it

September is the local’s favourite month to play, but February is a well-kept secret: it’s cold, but not nearly as busy and the off-season rates are in play. Try to play in the afternoon, finishing with a spectacular sunset.

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Pacific Dunes Golf Course

Bandon, Oregon, United States of America (USA)[0.9 miles]

A modern masterpiece in the style of a classic Scottish links, the unorthodox routing (four par 3s on the back 9) is framed by jagged sand dunes and some outrageous bunkers. The course demands all kinds of shot making and every ounce of concentration.

Best for ages: 13+ | £100

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