What order should I play the courses?
There are many different answers to this question and it is a matter of personal preference. Some people like to play the courses in the order that they were built which would be Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails, Old Macdonald and finally The Preserve. I am of the opinion that it doesn’t really matter and you should play them in the order that suits your schedule best.
Because the conditions change throughout the course of the day I think it is a fun idea to schedule the second round on a course so that you play at the opposite time of the day as the first time you play the course. For example, Pacific Dunes may play differently in the afternoon than in the morning so I think its cool to see the course at both times of the day.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Bandon Trails is more protected from the wind than the other courses. If you think you might like a break from the wind one day you can check with the reservationist to find out if the mornings or afternoons are more windy at the time you will be visiting and plan to play Bandon Trails at the windiest time of day rather than one of the seaside courses. Also worth keeping in mind is that Bandon Preserve is not a long round of golf and it may be able to be fit into the schedule on a day where you have already played 36 holes.
One last thing to consider when planning a schedule is that the replay rate is good on any course. If you play Pacific Dunes in the morning you are not bound to playing Pacific Dunes in the afternoon in order to get the replay rate. Some people opt to play the same course two times in one day and some like to mix it up and play a course for the second time on a different day. I personally like to play two different courses each day and would try to avoid scheduling two rounds on the same course in one day. Also make sure you leave time between rounds to get something to eat. You’re going to need to re-energize between rounds. If you have a tight schedule with only a short period between rounds make sure you plan accordingly and get something to eat between rounds. Its also not a bad idea to throw some light snacks in your golf bag in case you get hungry on the course.
Please feel free to leave your comments below about what order to play the courses at Bandon Dunes
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