Monday, March 11, 2013

A Bandon Resort List


A surprisingly polar set of courses for golfers, one cannot have a consensus.  More people have different #1's and #4's for more reasons ....

One View:
Bandon Dunes - most pleasure for most people.  Shooting 36 on the front nine was my first Bandon experience before going over to play Pacific Dunes.

Old Macdonald - best education - many new takes on old faves, but what C.B. himself intended N.G.L.A. to be

Pacific Dunes - most interesting architectural exercise, not at all perfect, in fact Old Macdonald is more cohesive, but breaks more ground

Bandon Trails - most uneven from best hole to worst hole very good to very banal, still MUCH better than you can probably play at home


Not enough have played it:

Sheep Ranch - a class of one - what I would probably want if I had a "Personal Course", toughest "on".


I have no playing experience with the Par 3 course and frankly, I like par 4's best of all.  Par 3 holes are a tee and a green with beauty, obstacles, distractions, deception, photo opportunities and the best chance for an ace.   Par 4's run the gamut from less than a driver to reach to Driver-Driver pitch holes. Par 5's of quality and interest day in and out are really challenging to build.

I would like to see prices drop, that's about all I can say, American Golf is too expensive on most all levels.  Demand for agronomy is probably to blame.

One will never see me write a word about the Pebble Beach Golf Company.

More ..... (Bifurcated)





Shinnecock Hills
Lehigh CC
Philadelphia CC
Manufacturer's G&CC
Lancaster
Huntingdon Valley
Green Valley
Concord CC
Rolling Green
McCall
Cascades
Country Club
Pepper Pike



Golf Club
Blackwolf Run (Original)
Colleton River Dye
Honors
Dye Preserve
TPC Stadium
Pete Dye
TPC Sawgrass
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Long Cove
Whistling Straits
Harbour Town
Oak Tree

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Bethpage Black
CC of Scranton
Chicago
Cypress Point Club
Eastward Ho!
Garden City GC
Lehigh CC
Merion E
Milwaukee
Myopia
NGLA
Oakmont
PBGL
Plainfield
Prairie Dunes
Pine Valley GC
Sankaty Head
Seminole
SFGC
Shinnecock Hills
Southern Hills
St. George's
The CC (OH)
Valley Club Monticito
Vesper
Yale

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Here's a list

Atlantic
Austin GC
Ballyneal
Bandon Dunes
Bidermann
Black Mesa
Blackwolf Run (Original 18)
Boston Golf Club
Castle Pines
Colleton River (Dye)
Desert Forest
Friar's Head
Golf Club
Kiawah (Cassique)
Kingsley
Mayacama
Ocean Course
Ocean Forest
Old Macdonald
Old Memorial
Pacific Dunes
Pete Dye
Rustic Canyon
Sand Hills
Sebonack
Shelter Harbor
Southern Dunes (AZ)
Trump National Old (NJ)
Wade Hampton