When the fourth course opens at Oregon's Bandon Dunes Resort in three years, it won't just be measured against the formidable existing tracks all three of which rank among GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the U.S. but also against one of the greatest architects in the history of the craft.
The Old Macdonald course will be a tribute to Charles Blair Macdonald, who created National Golf Links of America in New York, the favorite course of Bandon owner Mike Keiser, and will draw inspiration from Old Mac's celebrated design elements, like Alps and Redan holes, and Biarritz greens. Tom Doak will design it with an assist from his deputy Jim Urbina and a group of "trusted golf architecture aficionados" on 400 acres beside his Pacific Dunes course.
"The overriding sentiment is that it should be as bold as possible, and shouldn't just be a watered-down imitation," Doak says. "National is as dramatic as any course in the world."
As for the unconventional group collaboration, Doak says, "We are collaborating with Macdonald first, and then we are looking to the other participants to help keep us on the right path. Macdonald had a committee of advisers when he built National as well, but I don't think it was a democracy."
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