The key to maintaining a pace of play
like Bandon’s is creating a culture
that’s conducive to it, says Josh Lesnik
of KemperSports, who implemented the resort’s
“It starts by making
everyone accountable, from the staff at
the bag drop to the starter to the people who
serve you breakfast before you head to the
first tee,” Lesnik says. “When they greet you,
they’re going to ask, ‘And what time do you
tee off, sir?’ It’s not meant to be overbearing.
Just a gentle reminder that keeps everyone on
the same page. We have rangers, of course.
But it’s rare for us to get to the point where we
have to ask someone to pick it or up or move
up a hole. The culture we’ve created is self-perpetuating.
“A lot of the people who come
here, we call them Bandonistas. They want
to get out at dawn, play till dark and get
around the course quickly. For them,
that’s all part of Bandon’s appeal.”