Round Lake, Bandon — Oregon, USA
International Championship course
Playable on simulator in Paris at Golf en Ville
Architect: David McLay Kidd — Designed: 1905
Severity index: 2 — Intermediate
18 holes, Par 72 — Length: 7189 yards
About Bandon Dunes
The Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is one of America's Best Golf Resort is located in Bandon, Oregon along a remote section of the Pacific coastline. You'll often hear people say it's harder to get to Bandon Dunes than it is Scotland.
It is the brain child of owner Mike Keiser a wealthy businessman and passionate golfer who took a build it and they will come mentality. What he ended up with 18 years later is America's best golf resort. Bandon Dunes is a golf resort, not a luxury 5-star accommodation that offers golf as an activity. While at Bandon Dunes you'll be surrounded by people who love golf many of whom have travelled thousands of miles to play golf as it’s meant to be played.
The course opened in 1999 and was designed by Scotsman, David McLay Kidd, with a traditional links style. The resort believes that golf’s purest state is where 'nature is embraced, not conquered.' The inventive player with a strong ground game will be greatly rewarded at Bandon Dunes.
Golf Week once said that Bandon Dunes was, “A cross between Pebble Beach and Carnoustie – with a pinch of Pine Valley for good measure.”
The course has been highly praised since it opened. Recently, it has been ranked:
- #1 in Golf Digest’s Best Resorts in North America
- #8 in Golf Magazine’s top 100 Public Courses
- #8 in Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses in the U.S.
Bandon Dunes is a walking-only golf resort. To honor the tradition of golf, players are assigned caddies and your caddy is assigned to you for every round you play at Bandon Dunes. Thomas Dunne of Travel and Leisure magazine wrote that the Bandon Dunes caddie program, ‘should be the blueprint for American resort golf.’ Bandon Dunes supports the Evans Scholarship program and many of the caddies are Evans Scholars.
Course tipsHole 1, Par 4
Someone once noted that the first hole of any golf course shouldn’t be too difficult. That is exactly the case at Bandon Dunes. Tee shots should favor the left side of the fairway and an approach shot that favors the right side of the green will avoid the enormous hump that sits in the left middle of the green.
Hole 2, Par 3
A medium length par 3 that requires a significantly uphill shot. The prevailing northwest wind will blow the ball from left to right, causing shots to often end up short or in the right side of the collection area. An extra club may be recommended. The undulating green puts a premium on putting.
Hole 3, Par 5
This first par 5 also represents the first real opportunity for a birdie. Take a look at the entire hole and analyze the second shot landing area, as it may be blind from the fairway. Enjoy the view!
Hole 4, Par 4
Use the bunker straight-away as a target for your tee shot. Club selection on your approach is vital, as the green is protected in the front left by deep bunkers, and the Pacific Ocean awaits any balls hit long. A low trajectory shot hit up the right side of the green may be the best play.
Hole 5, Par 4
Remove your attention from the breathtaking scenery long enough to muster the concentration necessary to drive the ball into the right half of the split fairway. Since the hole will play directly against the prevailing wind, it may be necessary to consider conceding this as a three-shot hole, rather than risking a big number.
Hole 6, Par 3
Against the prevailing wind, this hole requires much more club than the yardage suggests. Beware of the deep, sod-faced bunker on the left. A missed shot to the right of the green leaves a manageable chip to save par.
Hole 7, Par 4
The fairway is much wider than it looks, so relax and make a comfortable swing. Favor the left side of the fairway over the outcropping of beach grass. Pay particular attention to the hole location, as this is effectively a three-tiered green. Although it is desirable to be on the same tier as the hole, when the hole is cut back left, it is advisable to find the middle of the green and take your chances on a long putt.
Hole 8, Par 4
Check your yardage to carry the cross bunkers; it can be deceiving. The narrow opening in the front of the green makes the green seem narrower than it is. You can use the hump in the front left of the green to feed balls toward the center. Don’t fall asleep at this hole. It's harder than it looks!
Hole 9, Par 5
Off the tee, avoid the pot bunkers in the center of the landing zone. Left provides a more generous fairway, but a longer distance to the green. With the prevailing wind usually helping on this medium-length par 5, going right of the bunkers could make this a two shot hole.
Hole 10, Par 4
A drive down the right provides the shortest approach shot, while playing to the left provides the best angle to this very shallow green. Don’t be intimidated by the blind second shot; just trust your yardage.
Hole 11, Par 4
Fighting the prevailing wind, this hole plays extremely long. Avoid the sod-faced bunker that guards the right side of the green, and be aware that the green slopes away from you.
Hole 12, Par 3
Club selection is crucial to this shallow, firm green. A sod-faced bunker awaits short shots, and natural fescues approach quickly from behind. A shot played into the front right opening of the green will serve you well to any hole location.
Hole 13, Par 5
Playing downwind, this is a very reachable par 5. Significant topography down the right side of the fairway may present awkward lies, while a drive down the left brings the only internal water hazard on the golf course into play. Steep slopes short of the green will funnel balls into a deep collection area.
Hole 14, Par 4
This dogleg right has a shallow green tucked behind the distant dune. Consult your carry distances to determine which fairway bunker to use as a guideline for your tee shot. A drive up the left side leaves you with a better angle to the elongated green.
Hole 15, Par 3
Favor the left side of this green, as the deepest bunker on the course lurks on the right, and the bank on the left will feed all shots toward the center of the green.
Hole 16, Par 4
With the prevailing wind at your back, it is much easier to carry your drive onto the top fairway than it looks. The approach shot from the upper fairway is much shorter and provides a good look at the green. Do not attack the right hole locations, as the cliff's edge is much closer than it appears from the fairway.
Hole 17, Par 4
A drive down the left side of the fairway provides the best angle to the green. The tee shot plays slightly downhill, while your approach is more uphill than you think. Because this hole has the deepest green on the course, it is essential that you factor the hole location into the length of your approach shot.
Hole 18, Par 5
This wonderful finishing hole offers you a chance to finish strong. A drive in the left side of the fairway avoids the bunkers and hazard on the right, as well as providing the best look at the green on this dogleg right. If you encounter a blind second shot, use the right edge of the clubhouse as a reference point.
Play Bandon Dunes in Paris on simulator
Alone or with friends, whether you are a golfer or not, you can play Bandon Dunes (or one of other 99 international courses available) in Paris, on simulator, in very realistic conditions and spend a good time.
In one click, you can choose to play a selection of holes or the whole course; you can adjust about twenty parameters and display modes and customize the gaming experience and difficulty: the tee-box that is right for you, wind strength, pin position, green speed, fairway hardness, etc ...) or simply you can keep the settings that are available to you. You can also try one of the 35 scoring systems available, for more fun.
You can also choose to take a golf lesson on this course, and enjoy the precision of trajectory measures and the beautiful surroundings.
Please note that the severity index specified above is meant in ideal conditions i.e. no wind, pin position easy,...
If you add some wind, it's a different ball game, some courses can become very difficult.
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