From the moment Mike Keiser, owner and land steward of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, first stepped on the property he was struck by the beauty of the Southern Oregon Coast. He and Howard McKee made it their mission to preserve the natural glory and ruggedness of the land, creating an undeniable connection between nature and those who have walked the resort’s fairways.
Now, 16 years later, we continue to grow and build on that same vision by doing all we can to protect and enhance the natural environment in and around the resort.
Although the vision of each course is different, they were all built on the same foundation. Adjectives you often hear around the resort are minimalistic, natural, rugged, sustainable and more. While building our atmosphere on these pillars, we've noticed that most of our guests not only get Mike Keiser's vision, but they become team members of it. Whether it's walking our trails, watching the sunset with your putter in hand, or even just looking for your ball, it's easy to get lost in the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast.
So what has been happening on the environmental front? The Bandon Preserve story is a strong one. When checking in for a round on the No. 1 Short Course in the U.S., rated by Golf Digest, you may have heard that the net proceeds from the green fees go directly to Wild Rivers Coast Alliance. WRCA is a philanthropic arm of Bandon Dunes supporting community, conservation and economy on the South Coast of Oregon. Not only that, the Bandon Preserve boasts one of the world’s largest population of the endangered species, Silvery Phacelia, and has played a crucial role in its habitat restoration and preservation.
In addition to the abundant flora, Bandon Dunes is home to an incredible variety of wildlife. The Resort’s commitment to habitat conservation and enhancement has helped to make deer, beaver, and Great Blue Heron sightings commonplace. Birders especially love the open spaces and maintained trail systems that have helped facilitate the sightings of over 125 different bird species.
With Mike Keiser's vision in our minds and the wind at our backs, we relish the challenge of immersing our guests in a natural Southern Oregon coast landscape. If you'd like to find out more about our conservation efforts, see our certifications below or visit www.wildriverscoastalliance.com. Don't forget to look up and enjoy a little birding in-between swings!