To golfers, “southern Oregon” means one thing: Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, home to four courses among our Top 100 You Can Play. Since the day the resort debuted with one design (Bandon Dunes) in the spring of 1999, golf nuts have flocked to what has become the country’s ultimate public-course mecca. Draped atop the craggy headlands of the Pacific Coast, Bandon is a rugged blend of Scottish- and Irish-style links, where ocean views stun the senses. The landscape is defined by bluff-top sand dunes, Scotch broom and gorse bushes and wind-whipped native grasses, and accentuated by crashing surf, salty sea air, and stacked sod and blowout bunkers. A handful of other strong courses, including Bandon Crossings and Sandpines, populate the region, but Bandon is the main attraction.
Why southern Oregon? We asked, you answered: “Two words: Bandon Dunes…As close to Scotland as you can get without going overseas…I have travelled to both Scotland and Ireland for golf trips. Bandon is just as good or better without the jet lag…Not commercial. For very serious golfers looking for a unique experience…A golfer’s paradise: four courses in the top 100…Spectacular views/vistas. Great wines nearby. Old world sense in the Americas…Bandon is golf Nirvana…Heard fantastic reviews directly from friends/acquaintances that have traveled to Bandon…Bandon has been hailed as the “new Pebble” or the new place to see…When I travel to play golf I prefer to stay in areas that offer a peaceful respite in the evenings with most of the excitement wrapped around the golf course; at least in my dream. Bandon seems to fit this criteria to a tee… Great courses self-contained. You don’t have to leave the site…Last item on my bucket list.”
Inside the top 10: Bandon took top honors, but just barely. Nipping on its heels was the picture-perfect Carmel/Monterey region of Northern California. Is there a red-blooded golfer who hasn’t fantasized about strolling up the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach? Pebble has some good-looking neighbors, too, including Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay and newly redesigned Poppy Hills.