United Airlines Eases Travel Time To Bandon Dunes In 2022

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We are very pleased to announce that once again, United Airlines will be providing seasonal nonstop service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH), in North Bend, Oregon.

For the 2022 season, direct service will operate twice-a-week roundtrip flights (Sunday & Wednesday) from May 8 to September 28, on United’s Embraer ERJ-175 jet aircraft. The ERJ-175 provides passengers with a full-service cabin and offers seating for up to 76 passengers, including twelve first-class cabin seats. Please refer to the United Airlines website for flight times, fares, and availability.

The United Airlines service will continue to ease travel time to Bandon Dunes and enables convenient connections to cities across the U.S. and throughout the world. Visitors to the resort from beyond the Northwest may now enjoy nonstop air service from another major international hub.

All ticket dates for the Denver-North Bend flights are available now at www.united.com or by calling (800) 864-8331.

For more information or to make reservations for your next Bandon Dunes trip, visit our Reservations Page.

You can also visit our "Getting Here" page to learn more about all the different ways to get to Bandon Dunes.

Bandon Dunes and THE Freshwater Trust team up with YETI to Reduce Single-use Plastic

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Since opening in 1999, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has strived to be a respectful land steward, celebrating the marvels of mother nature while cherishing the walk and stories the timeless game of golf provides. This is rooted in the ethos of Mike Keiser, Bandon's founder, whose 'leave no trace' attitude led him to the founding of his first business venture in 1971, Recycled Paper Greetings. From there, Mike and his family's passion for impactful conservation grew.

Today, we're pressing in our match against single-use plastic bottle consumption. There is no doubt we all need to up the stakes. The production of plastic is growing faster than any other material on this planet. It's a topic our team continues to brainstorm around knowing we rely on it for so many different purposes on property. Our pathway forward starts like any other journey, one step at a time.

649k Water Bottles Consumed

Over the last five years, our resort has ordered and consumed roughly 649k plastic water bottles. That's why we've been making changes and will no longer be ordering them going forward.

Refill Stations Where can you find water now? Over the past year, we've installed 14 new water refill stations throughout the property. The ability to hydrate is nearby!

YETI Rambler Through our partnership with The Freshwater Trust, we've created a program to offer reusable YETI® Rambler Bottles in replacement of plastic water bottles on property. Starting this #EarthDay, arriving guests will have the option to purchase a reusable bottle at cost for $20 and use them at any outlet on property or any of the refill stations. The YETI Rambler® 18 oz. Bottles are available at any golf shop, front desk or the Lodge Gift Shop as well as recyclable aluminum bottles of water available across the resort.

As Bandon Dunes' footprint has grown, so has its commitment to sustainable practices in an effort to maintain the elemental beauty that surrounds us. We pride ourselves on not only being recognized for many notable environmental awards but also the various certifications that are already fundamental to the links golf experience we provide. Click here to see some of these efforts.

In an effort to further our commitment to keeping the Oregon coast, and the world at large just as beautiful as we found it, it's time to come together around the 'reduce waste' mentality. We appreciate your support and look forward to the future steps we take to preserve and celebrate the outdoors.

What is The Freshwater Trust?

The Freshwater Trust

Rivers are the backbone of our country. Yet decades of treating a finite resource as infinite has had severe consequences. The Freshwater Trust is a group of problem solvers that design and implement data-driven, science-based solutions that protect and restore rivers. They are the largest restoration-focused organization in the Pacific Northwest, and the second-largest conservation group based in Oregon with the mission to preserve and restore freshwater ecosystems. Learn more about all of their initiatives here.

Lay of the Land

Remembering Those We've Lost

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The South Coast ethos our employees share with our guests amplifies the resort experience. Our small-town vibe and the benefits that resonate within a tight-knit community and close connection with friends and family is ever-present in our daily interactions. Our guests feel it -- frequently commenting on the culture and staff friendliness. We celebrate this as a resort and are thankful that our team members feel the freedom to be themselves in the workplace. This is why when we lose members of our resort family it reverberates through our team and our community, reminding us to not take things for granted, to appreciate the day, and those we choose to work with. 

It's with great sadness that we share the recent loss of three team members. Peggy Wiest, Bobby Charitar, and Mark Bergmann. May they rest in peace. Our hearts go out to their families, friends, and to our team members who are grieving their losses. 

Margaret "Peggy" Weist

Peggy joined the Bandon Dunes family in 2017 as a Turnstand Attendant and became our first Staff Café Attendant in 2018. In April of 2019, she moved to the Reservations Department where she worked as the evening resort operator at the PBX desk. She had many friends around the resort and enjoyed living at Staff Village.

Peggy spent most of her life in Missouri and moved to the Oregon Coast to be closer to family. Before her employment at Bandon Dunes, she worked as a cook, caregiver, truck stop manager, and business owner. She loved knitting and liked to lend a hand with her skills as a seamstress. Pictured below: Peggy and her daughter, Joy.

Dhirendra "Bobby" Charitar

Bobby joined the Bandon Dunes family as a Starter/Ranger in June of 2015 and quickly became known for his bright smile, amazing customer care, and impeccable golf attire. He managed the first tee at Old Macdonald and then moved to the Bandon Dunes course, where he welcomed each guest to the first tee box with his warmth and knowledge of the game. Bobby embodied the principles of being genuine, helpful, and friendly and was presented with the TrueService Ambassador award in August 2017. 

Bobby grew up in the Coos Bay area, where he attended Marshfield High School and went on to work as the Store Manager at Kmart for 35 years. His number one priority was family, and he cared deeply for those around him. He loved the game of golf and was the perfect partner for those fortunate enough to play with him. Bobby’s outgoing personality and love of cooking were ever-present, and he was eager to share his culinary creations with others. He had a close bond with the Eagles Lodge in Coos Bay and was instrumental in the success of community dinners and helping those in need.

Mark Bergmann

Mark attended the University of Washington on an ROTC scholarship, and he went on to obtain his Masters of Education at City University. He served in the US Navy for three years as a navigator on the USS Higbee and was a proud veteran. Mark spent much of his career as a successful elementary school teacher in Vancouver, Washington. 

In June 2008, Mark started as a seasonal staff member at Pacific Dunes, helping transition the food and beverage operation from the temporary clubhouse to the current clubhouse. In 2009, he was hired as the Old Macdonald host, where he provided tours for VIP guests and media. Mark spent three summers at Bandon Dunes and realized he wanted to make the Oregon Coast his home. After 33 years, he retired from his teaching career and served as the Director of Guest Services at Bandon Dunes for the next nine years.

The Bandon Vibe

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Most golfers ponder every element of their dream golf retreat to Bandon Dunes, trying to encompass all of the smallest details that create an unforgettable experience.

Josh Sens, Senior Writer for GOLF Magazine, said it eloquently when he wrote, “Bandon is a place where the game’s past rushes up to meet its present, even as it points to the promise of its future.” And while in the past, the search for the perfect Bandon itinerary included finding the best way to tackle all five of the resort’s courses, visitors must now find a way to sneak in a sixth, with the introduction of the Sheep Ranch.

As we’ve witnessed over the years, there’s no perfect itinerary for visiting Bandon—just iterations of what your perfect visit looks like. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some essentials that can elevate your stay, whether it is your first escape to Bandon, or simply the latest. We’ve combined a number of itinerary philosophies from past guests and media experts, as well as some key basics that Bandon’s own staff ambassadors feel are essential to fully embracing your trip.

DAY 1

Arrival

3:00 pm — Arrival
4:00 pm — Links golf acclimation on Bandon Dunes
9:00 pm — McKee’s Pub dinner: build the foundation for a great week with a hearty meal

Bandon Tip: “When you first get to the resort, check-in quick and leave your bags with guest services if timing is tight to make your first round. There is no better way to shake off the travel than to stretch your legs with a walk while enjoying a fresh deep breath of the Pacific Ocean air.”
—Patrick Sims, Guest

“I was struggling to explain Bandon’s appeal to friends until I saw one of Shoe’s daily Twitter posts and said to myself, ‘What other course has a Director of Outside Happiness?’ Take notice of the small details the staff recognizes; it will make you appreciate the experience so much more.”
—Matt Satternus, Plugged in Golf

DAY 2

Anticipation settles into reality

6:30 am — Breakfast at the Tufted Puffin in the Lodge
7:30 am — Warm up at the Practice Center
8:30 am — Tee off at Old Macdonald
1:00 pm — Lunch at Pacific Grill
2:00 pm — Afternoon round on Pacific Dunes
7:30 pm — Dinner at Trails End

Bandon Tip: “I love an early morning round on Old Macdonald not only because you’re typically guaranteed a calmer start, but as the sun rises over the Ghost Tree you feel as if you’re also rising to the golf heavens.”
—Joe Ciombor, Guest

DAY 3

Become one with the bounce

8:00 am — Exercise your mind with a hike to the Labyrinth
8:30 am — Breakfast at Pacific Grill
9:30 am — Morning Group Links Lesson with Bandon’s PGA Master Teaching Professional and local Jedi, Grant Rogers
11:00 am — Lunch at Trails End
12:00 pm — Afternoon round on Bandon Trails
5:30 pm — 60-minute massage at the Massage Center
7:30 pm — Dinner at The Forge in the Main Lodge

Trails End Head Chef: “If you’ve built up an appetite, get a couple plates of pot stickers for the table at lunch. You won't be disappointed.”

“The best decision we made all week was taking a links lesson led by Master PGA Professional Grant Rogers and PGA Pro Jake Sestero.”
—Ashley Mayo, Golf Magazine

DAY 4

Finish in harmony

7:30 am — Breakfast at the Tufted Puffin in the Main Lodge
9:00 am — Early tour around the Sheep Ranch
2:30 pm — Lunch at Tufted Puffin
4:00 pm — Bandon Preserve, if you’re a larger group, inquire about playing as an eight-some
7:00 pm — Punchbowl Putting Competition: settle any bets now or forever hold your peace
8:00 pm — Dinner at Pacific Grill
9:30 pm — Bunker Bar Night Cap

Bandon Preserve Tip: Eight-somes are celebrated on the Bandon Preserve. Bring your group together to either catch up on life upon arrival or have it be one of your last rounds to relive all of the best moments from the trip. You’re bound to have plenty to laugh about!

DAY 5

Departure day

7:00 am — Are your dogs barking? Did you stay out too late at the Bunker Bar? If not, play an early morning 18 on your favorite course or pack the bags and set sail for home.

“Departure day can be a real drag. I’ve often noticed groups gathering near the shuttles looking bummed, myself included. Luckily, the download of photos and thread in your work inbox helps make the transition back to reality easier.”
—Dave Rabil, Guest

FARE-WAYS

The Pub Burger at McKee's is a must-try dish when dining at Bandon

Key ingredients: Irish cheddar, bacon, egg, malt vinegar onions, grain mustard, mayo, on a pretzel roll.

A better burger: One of the favorite dishes at McKee's is the Pub burger! Exceptional brisket and chuck patty with aged, sharp Irish cheddar and freshly pickled onions on a soft pretzel bun and topped with a fried egg. It's the perfect choice for a hearty meal after walking one of Bandon’s six courses.



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The Links Game

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Last month, we shared audio of David McLay Kidd explaining the ideal match-play strategy of each hole at Bandon Dunes, highlighting that there is no ONE way to play links golf — which is exactly why we love it. 

 

Kidd’s verbal tour through Bandon Dunes is not just about the best strategy to play the course. It’s a look inside the links game itself. The strategies. The myriad of choices each hole presents. 

 

For us at Bandon Dunes, there is no purer joy in golf.

 

 

The key to bringing out your best links game is to embrace the quirks and strategies that the links game presents. Here are seven ways to make the most out of the links golf experience of Bandon Dunes: 

 

Bad breaks can be fun

A defining characteristic of links golf is in the way that nature guides the way. Shaped by the contours of the land, the five championship golf courses at Bandon Dunes all feature undulating terrain and tawny and firm fescue grasses that may produce a tough bounce or two. Learning to accept those bounces and use them to spark your imagination to recover is essential.

 

Tom Watson, perhaps the greatest links player in American golf history, was not always a great links golfer. It wasn’t until the Missouri native adjusted his thinking that he began to thrive … eventually winning five Open Championships.

 

“I struggled with accepting links golf and the bad bounces for several years until I finally said, ‘Enough of this pity-pot stuff, and whining. You better get with it and just accept your fate and play on,’” Watson recalled last year on The Erik Anders Lang Show podcast.

 

The wedge is not always your best friend

Inevitably, even excellent American amateurs accustomed to dropping a wedge in tight at their home course, make the mistake of trying to hit a flop shot off a tight fescue-carpeted lie at Bandon Dunes. Often, it does not go well, leading to a chunked dribbler or thin screamer that might give an unsuspecting playing partner a close shave.

 

Because of the ocean winds and the tight lies, wedges play a diminished role in links golf. Instead, bump-and-run shots are often an easier shot and a much smarter play.

 

 

Unless, of course, you can putt it

If there is a singular strategy that is all but guaranteed to save an amateur strokes around Bandon it’s this: When in doubt, putt it.

 

With tight lies that characterize those firm, fast fescues, a putter is almost always a reliable weapon ... even from the fairway where the lies more resemble a putting surface than they do the lush fairways of parkland-style golf. 

 

The wind is almost always a factor

Set on the rugged coastline of the Oregon Coast, with few trees to interrupt the Pacific Ocean breezes, the wind is ever-present at Bandon Dunes. Being able to control your ball flight, to keep the ball low and under the wind, helps a golfer control their distances, which is critical in the links game.

 

Also, if the wind is really howling, an occasional challenge in links golf — it is often better to take a bit more club and swing easier with three-quarter or half swings. And don’t forget to factor in the wind on your putts on those most breezy days. Yes, a stiff wind can affect your line.

 

 

Be precise

“The key for success in links golf is hitting the ball the right distance,” Tom Watson says. 

 

Who are we to argue?

 

Precise distance — more than length — will serve you well at all five of Bandon Dunes championship courses. Sometimes that means forsaking the driver and hitting iron off the tee to set up the right distance and angle on your next shot. Sometimes it means playing approaches to land short and bounce up to the green, rather than going right at the pin.

 

Be a thinker

Thinking your way around the course is truly the magic of links golf. Links golf encourages imagination. Rarely is there just one obvious route to the hole, and recovering from a bad shot often comes down to finding the alternative route or playing a different kind of shot.

 

It’s as if every hole is a choose-your-own-adventure book. 

 

Play match play

Match play isn’t just for links golf, but links golf brings out the best in a good match. The reason? With most holes offering so many strategy options, matches become less about who can hit the ball the farthest and more about who can outthink their opponent. 

 

And winning your match makes the post-round visit to McKee’s Pub all the better when your buddy is buying. 

 

David McLay Kidd Walking Bandon Dunes Before the Final Round of the 120th U.S. Amateur

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Listening to David McLay Kidd explain the ideal match-play strategy of each hole at Bandon Dunes is sweeter than a chip-in to save par. It also highlights that there is no ONE way to play links golf — which is exactly why we love it. 

Before the final matches of the 120th U.S. Amateur Championship, the legendary architect of Bandon Dunes shared his insights on what he thought would be a winning strategy on each hole at Bandon Dunes.

Kidd’s verbal tour through Bandon Dunes is not just about the best strategy to play the course. It’s a look inside the links game itself. The strategies. The myriad of choices each hole presents. 

For us at Bandon Dunes, there is no purer joy in golf.

David McLay KiddPhotography by Jeff Marsh

 Play the video below to see every televised shot from the 120th U.S. Amateur Final!

The Fire Pit with Matt Ginella

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Matt Ginella, Sheep Ranch

Recently on The Fire Pit podcast, Matt Ginella spoke with those who played pivotal roles in the creation of Bandon Dunes and heard behind-the-scenes stories that only they could tell. Listen to stories of the early days of Bandon Dunes from Mike Keiser, our owner, David McLay Kidd and his father, Jimmy, the architects, and Josh Lesnik and his father, Steve, who won the bid to manage it. Then hear from Bandon's original caddy master, Shoe, and the local barber, Mick Peters, who has hit the first tee shot on every course at Bandon, as well as reflections from Mike Keiser, David Kidd, Josh Lesnik, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw as we also celebrate the opening of the Sheep Ranch, their third course on property.

Click the player below to listen.

Building Bandon, Part 1

Building Bandon, Part 2

Designing Sheep Ranch - The Fried Egg

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On his recent trip to the Oregon Coast to cover the Bandon Dunes Championship for College Golf Live, Andy Johnson squeezed in a quick tour around the Sheep Ranch during a beautiful crisp morning. Watch and listen to The Fried Egg's conversation with designer Bill Coore of Coore & Crenshaw, pairing together great commentary with stunning visuals. We can't wait to be walking down these fairways with all of you by our side come June 1. 

Part 1: Wind, Contour, and Bunkering 

Part 2: The Routing

Pictured above: No. 4 & 14 greens

Pictured above: Sheep Ranch, looking south

Sheep Ranch Progress Update: Routing & Approximate Yardages

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Sheep Ranch treasure map. We hope you find gold! 🙂

Sheep Ranch Progress Update: No. 1 - The Hydroseed Train

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The agronomy team is working up the fairway on #SheepRanch No. 1, one of the last holes to be seeded. #StaffPic by Sheep Ranch Assistant Superintendent Eric Langford. #SheepWeek

Sheep Ranch No. 1

Sheep Ranch No. 3

Sheep Ranch No. 16

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