Hole 1 || Par 4
Someone once noted that the first hole of any golf course shouldn’t be too difficult. That is exactly the case at Bandon Dunes. Tee shots should favor the left side of the fairway and an approach shot that favors the right side of the green will avoid the enormous hump that sits in the left middle of the green.
Yardage: Black 386 / Green 352 / Gold 332 / Blue 223 / Orange 293
Hole 2 || Par 3
A medium length par 3 that requires a significantly uphill shot. The prevailing northwest wind will blow the ball from left to right, causing shots to often end up short or in the right side of the collection area. An extra club may be recommended. The undulating green puts a premium on putting.
Yardage: Black 189 / Green 155 / Gold 136 / Blue 76 / Orange 130
Hole 3 || Par 5
This first par 5 also represents the first real opportunity for a birdie. Take a look at the entire hole and analyze the second shot landing area, as it may be blind from the fairway. Enjoy the view!
Yardage: Black 543 / Green 489 / Gold 467 / Blue 318 / Orange 370
Hole 4 || Par 4
Use the bunker straight-away as a target for your tee shot. Club selection on your approach is vital, as the green is protected in the front left by deep bunkers, and the Pacific Ocean awaits any balls hit long. A low trajectory shot hit up the right side of the green may be the best play.
Yardage: Black 410 / Green 362 / Gold 340 / Blue 228 / Orange 308
Hole 5 || Par 4
Remove your attention from the breathtaking scenery long enough to muster the concentration necessary to drive the ball into the right half of the split fairway. Since the hole will play directly against the prevailing wind, it may be necessary to consider conceding this as a three-shot hole, rather than risking a big number.
Yardage: Black 428 / Green 400 / Gold 374 / Blue 260 / Orange 321
Hole 6 || Par 3
Against the prevailing wind, this hole requires much more club than the yardage suggests. Beware of the deep, sod-faced bunker on the left. A missed shot to the right of the green leaves a manageable chip to save par.
Yardage: Black 161 / Green 153 / Gold 126 / Blue 111 / Orange 111
Hole 7 || Par 4
The fairway is much wider than it looks, so relax and make a comfortable swing. Favor the left side of the fairway over the outcropping of beach grass. Pay particular attention to the hole location, as this is effectively a three-tiered green. Although it is desirable to be on the same tier as the hole, when the hole is cut back left, it is advisable to find the middle of the green and take your chances on a long putt.
Yardage: Black 383 / Green 372 / Gold 332 / Blue 232 / Orange 317
Hole 8 || Par 4
Check your yardage to carry the cross bunkers; it can be deceiving. The narrow opening in the front of the green makes the green seem narrower than it is. You can use the hump in the front left of the green to feed balls toward the center. Don’t fall asleep at this hole. It's harder than it looks!
Yardage: Black 359 / Green 342 / Gold 321 / Blue 220 / Orange 290
Hole 9 || Par 5
Off the tee, avoid the pot bunkers in the center of the landing zone. Left provides a more generous fairway, but a longer distance to the green. With the prevailing wind usually helping on this medium-length par 5, going right of the bunkers could make this a two shot hole.
Yardage: Black 558 / Green 520 / Gold 510 / Blue 335 / Orange 464
Hole 10 || Par 4
A drive down the right provides the shortest approach shot, while playing to the left provides the best angle to this very shallow green. Don’t be intimidated by the blind second shot; just trust your yardage.
Yardage: Black 362 / Green 339 / Gold 302 / Blue 200 / Orange 251
Hole 11 || Par 4
Fighting the prevailing wind, this hole plays extremely long. Avoid the sod-faced bunker that guards the right side of the green, and be aware that the green slopes away from you.
Yardage: Black 384 / Green 351 / Gold 315 / Blue 228 / Orange 284
Hole 12 || Par 3
Club selection is crucial to this shallow, firm green. A sod-faced bunker awaits short shots, and natural fescues approach quickly from behind. A shot played into the front right opening of the green will serve you well to any hole location.
Yardage: Black 199 / Green 153 / Gold 129 / Blue 98 / Orange 98
Hole 13 || Par 5
Playing downwind, this is a very reachable par 5. Significant topography down the right side of the fairway may present awkward lies, while a drive down the left brings the only internal water hazard on the golf course into play. Steep slopes short of the green will funnel balls into a deep collection area.
Yardage: Black 553 / Green 537 / Gold 498 / Blue 344 / Orange 447
Hole 14 || Par 4
This dogleg right has a shallow green tucked behind the distant dune. Consult your carry distances to determine which fairway bunker to use as a guideline for your tee shot. A drive up the left side leaves you with a better angle to the elongated green.
Yardage: Black 359 / Green 332 / Gold 320 / Blue 205 / Orange 288
Hole 15 || Par 3
Favor the left side of this green, as the deepest bunker on the course lurks on the right, and the bank on the left will feed all shots toward the center of the green.
Yardage: Black 163 / Green 131 / Gold 113 / Blue 80 / Orange 102
Hole 16 || Par 4
With the prevailing wind at your back, it is much easier to carry your drive onto the top fairway than it looks. The approach shot from the upper fairway is much shorter and provides a good look at the green. Do not attack the right hole locations, as the cliff's edge is much closer than it appears from the fairway.
Yardage: Black 363 / Green 345 / Gold 301 / Blue 210 / Orange 250
Hole 17 || Par 4
A drive down the left side of the fairway provides the best angle to the green. The tee shot plays slightly downhill, while your approach is more uphill than you think. Because this hole has the deepest green on the course, it is essential that you factor the hole location into the length of your approach shot.
Yardage: Black 389 / Green 375 / Gold 329 / Blue 244 / Orange 324
Hole 18 || Par 5
This wonderful finishing hole offers you a chance to finish strong. A drive in the left side of the fairway avoids the bunkers and hazard on the right, as well as providing the best look at the green on this dogleg right. If you encounter a blind second shot, use the right edge of the clubhouse as a reference point.
Yardage: Black 543 / Green 513 / Gold 471 / Blue 333 / Orange 424
"Picture a cross between Pebble Beach and Carnoustie – with a pinch of Pine Valley for good measure – and you have Bandon Dunes." – Golfweek