The Ultimate Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Travel Planner

Non-golfers may have never heard of Bandon, Oregon, but you can be assured that dyed in the wool golfers know this small seaside town as the home to one of the greatest golf resorts in the world. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort opened the Bandon Dunes Golf Course in 1999 which was quickly joined by Pacific Dunes in 2001, Bandon Trails in 2005 and then Old Macdonald in 2010. In 2012 a nifty little 13 hole par 3 course called Bandon Preserve opened for play which completes the current course lineup at the resort.

There are many things that make Bandon Dunes special and the golf courses are the first and foremost. Now, keep in mind that these aren’t just ordinary golf courses . . . these are links golf courses. Not only are these courses some of the very few AUTHENTIC links courses found in North America, but they have also been rated as some of the top golf courses in the U.S. and the world by several golf publications. The most current version of Golf Digest and Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Golf Courses ranks all four of the courses on their highly regarded lists. Golf Digest also rated Bandon Dunes Golf Resort at #1 on the 2011 Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America. In 2012 Golf Magazine ranked all four courses in the Top 15 on the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list. This is certainly high praise from the golf media.

With the availability of these top rated golf courses Bandon Dunes should be on the very short list of destinations for any serious golf traveler. Here at, readers will find answers to all the frequently asked questions about planning the trip of a lifetime to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Just click the questions highlighted in blue below for all the information needed to plan your Bandon Dunes golf vacation.

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