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Five things every golfer should know about the Bandon Dunes Practice Center

October 8, 2013 by 11 Comments

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(article and photos by Nick Martin)

Oh, the Practice Center, the heart of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. For many guests, it is the first and last place they go during their stay. For others, it’s an afterthought, probably because they don’t realize all it has to offer.

The Bandon Dunes Practice Center is not your typical driving range; it’s a vast expanse of game improvement, the likes of which you may not have expected. Here are five things every golfer should know about it:

1. Ease of access – The Practice Center is minutes away from practically anywhere on property. And the efficiency of the resort’s shuttle system makes getting there as easy as an uphill 2-footer. If your clubs are with guest services, even better. Call and ask to have them delivered to the Practice Center. They’ll be there before you arrive. Brilliant!

2. “Big Putt” – After knocking a few balls into the ether from the practice tee, having established the confidence to hit fairway shots off the links-style turf, turn now to the 1-acre putting surface to work on the 100-foot-putt that is sure to become a part of your round. Unlike The Punchbowl putting course, the Big Putt is intended for practice and mimics the putting situations you will undoubtedly experience out on the course.

3. Shorty’s 9-hole par-3 course – Shorty’s is the perfect warm-up – or warm-down for those fanatics who just can’t get enough golf and want to play into the darkness after a full day of golf. For a full description of the course, click here.

4. New Visitor Center building – One of the jewels of the Practice Center is the new Visitor Center building and bag drop. Complete with a cedar inlay ceiling and a 270-degree glass enclosure that offers a view of the entire facility, every detail is top-notch. Copies of the Wall Street Journal are laid out on tables. Coffee and tea are complementary. Take a break from practice and enjoy this new facility.

5. Links instruction with Grant Rogers – No world-class practice facility would be complete without golf instruction. Grant Rogers, director of instruction at Bandon Dunes, offers personalized links-oriented lessons that help golfers of all abilities enhance their golf experience. Having trouble with those links-style approach shots? Trouble adapting to the wind? Bunker issues? A personal lesson is the perfect way to hone those skills and feed the obsession that brought you to Bandon Dunes in the first place. To schedule a links lesson, contact the front desk or inquire at any of the golf shops. For an even better understanding of what this Grant Rogers guy is all about, check out this article published in the September 2013 issue of Golf Digest. Study it, there will be a test.

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Comments (11)

Tim Marvin on Oct 10, 2013

I’m just a shmoe from the boonies back east but for years now, since you guys opened, playing at Bandon Dunes is my one thing to do before I leave this mortal coil. I don’t know what my handicap is, I’ve never had a caddy but I sure would like to play these course. Someday soon, I’m sure.

Ben on Oct 10, 2013

One of the best practice facilities on the planet! You could easily spend a whole day working on your game out here.

Jim Pitblado on Oct 10, 2013

Grant Rogers is a great golf instructor.

Stu Hale on Oct 10, 2013

I just love this facility, especially the putting green. To the guy from the East, I am too, been doing it for 5 years and just love the whole facility. NH and will be 72 when I finish our 5 days in December … Still playing well too!

Jeff Brinegar on Oct 10, 2013

Avoid putting contests with Grant Rogers… Even if he says he’ll use a wedge instead of a putter. Deadly

Bandon Dunes, in its entirety, is heaven on earth. If you haven’t been yet do it soon!

Bob Foran on Oct 10, 2013

Great addition to the Practice Facility. Coffee and the WSJ are fine, but a cold beer or a sip of Maker’s Mark can be instructional as well!

Jim Graves on Oct 10, 2013

Grant is a great instructor, especially for links golf. He is very good and lessons are really enjoyable. Be careful about getting into a putting contest with him, unless you are willing to buy him a Root Bear Float !

Scott Smith on Oct 10, 2013

As part of a group (featured in the February 2010 Golf Digest) that has made the trip to Bandon annually for the past 10 years, this is a great addition. Really makes the practice facility another ‘destination’ for the property. Bravo, Mr. Keiser!

Grant Horiuchi on Oct 10, 2013

heading back in November with 20+ players to play all the courses. Our 2013 tour money title is up for grabs. Bandon here I come!

David Smith on Nov 11, 2013

Concerning Pacific Dunes- if I was color blind I would swear I was playing on the moon.

Bruce Miller on Dec 12, 2013

I bring a team of 20 from Reno and we meet a team of 20 from Whidbey Island Wa for an annual Ryder Cup style tournament. The shorty course has been the scene of many a late afternoon grudge match. Nothing like playing a 20some for drinks at the Bunker later.

 

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