Bandon Dunes

Why the Destination Matters

September 30, 2013 by 5 Comments
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(article and photo by Nick Martin)

BANDON, Ore. – Do a Google search for “golf destinations” and this is one of the top results: Golf Digest’s Top 75 golf resorts in North America. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is No. 1 on the list ahead of Pebble Beach.

Unless you’re one of the 3,100 people who call Bandon, Ore. home, Bandon Dunes truly is a destination. And we think that’s a good thing.

A destination is like a holiday or a birthday. It’s a celebration. A destination is something you wait for, save up for and look forward to. It’s a place away from the everyday, a break in the routine, an adventure that’s different and out of the ordinary. A destination is something way over there, out of sight, a place that exists for a time only in the imagination.

The word “destination” alone evokes excitement because after all, if it’s a destination then it’s no doubt special.

For a trip to any destination, arrangements are made, calendars cleared, house-sitters contacted, stories told to neighbors and excuses made to bosses. For golf destinations, specifically, clothes are dry-cleaned, new clubs tested and old ones washed in a bucket while sitting on the living room couch. Books may be read, websites consulted, movies watched and the idea of the destination grows.

Reality sets in on the way the airport. There might be trepidation at the baggage check and worry about the gear. The lines and the people might stand in the way. The greater the destination, the more connections must be made. Every cab ride, every moment spent looking out the airplane window… it’s all time spent yearning for the destination.

Suddenly, it’s happening. You’re not sure if you’re awake or still dreaming, but the destination is in sight, rising up slowly from the horizon like the sun at dawn.

You’re here. You’ve made it. You’re standing on the first tee. You take a deep breath – a crisp, cleansing breath – and everything fades away. All the travel, all the planning, all the time spent waiting is over. This is your time. None of it matters, now. It’s just you and the game. You’ve arrived.

Enjoy the walk.

Comments (5)

Tim on Sep 09, 2013

Well-written and really interesting. I think I’ll go book my next trip.

Eli Brown on Oct 10, 2013

Very true! Sums up my trip to Bandon last year. I thought the travel from Atlanta to Denver to Portland, then a 5-6 hour drive would be brutal.
It was just the opposite… the journey was part of the adventure. We soaked in the gorgeous Oregon terrain as we drove from Portland to Bandon… and by the time we got there we were fully on cloud 9. We immediately raced from our room to the practice facility, hit balls, putted, then played 9 on Shorty’s as the sunlight diminished. A great start to what was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.
Cheers!

Ty on Oct 10, 2013

Yes, that sums it up pretty well! Now I’m itching to go back even though I was just there a few weeks ago :)

Tom on Oct 10, 2013

Great write-up. See you tomorrow! I can’t wait!

Rob Gorman on Nov 11, 2013

Our group has been coming here every December since 2002. It started with just 2 of us playing Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes, since The Trails wasn’t finished yet. Our group has grown from 2 to 4 then to 8, and now, in 2013 it is up to 16 of us. We look forward to this trip every year, and each year, believe it or not, keeps getting better and better.

 

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