The fourth course at Bandon Dunes pays homage to golf course architect Charles Blair Macdonald by asking one simple question: What would Macdonald have created had the Oregon Coast been his canvas? Inspired by Macdonald's iconic work, course architects Tom Doak and Jim Urbina crafted a course that seeks the answer upon vast greens, among myriad angles of play, and from the depths of fierce bunkers. By celebrating these classic concepts of design, we honor the traditions of this game we love.
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“The hottest course in America right now – looks like it was lifted, cleaned and placed from the West of Scotland.”
– Golf Digest
The opening hole of Old Macdonald can get you off to a good start. It’s amid-length par four that rewards a tee shot in the fairway. Check the hole location to position yourself for the best angle into the green. When playing into a north wind be sure to add enough club to get back to the hole.
This par three plays into the prevailing wind and features a back-to-front pitched green that is guarded by a deep revetted bunker at front right as well as another bunker left. Careful consideration for wind and hole placement will give you the best
chance at making par.
A blind tee shot over a sand dune to a fairway that falls away from you. Draw a driver around the old Port Orford Cedar and give yourself a chance to get near the green. A hybrid or middle iron off the tee will leave you a short iron for your second shot.
A good tee shot is critical on this long par four. The perfect drive over the ridge will propel forward for extra yards. Anything short or right will fall off leaving a long, blind second shot. There is more room to the left than you might think. Four is always a great score here.
The shortest hole on the golf course plays to one of the largest greens. Pay particular attention to the hole location as there are several distinct areas to leave your golf ball. When in doubt, aim forthe center of the green.
Aptly named, the longest hole on the golf course plays directly into the summer wind. Avoid the large cross bunker in the middle of the fairway that sits 100 yards from the green by laying up for position. The best angle into this green is from the left side. It will take three well-played shots to get
home on this hole.
This par four is more about the second shot than the first. A large fairway with more room to the right, your best aiming point from the tee is the gorse to the right of the green complex. Your second shot here needs to take into account the distance, wind and elevation change. Be sure to take enough club to get you all the way up to the green.
Playing from an elevated tee, this green has a deep swale that will come into play for most players. The best shots will be played with a lower trajectory and land short of the swale, rolling down and through to the back third of the green. A two-putt on this hole is a feat of its own.
A sweeping dogleg to the right with bunkers and gorse on the inside corner to punish those who get too aggressive. The safer you play it the longer your approach becomes.
This hole gets its namesake from the two sets of bunkers which narrow the driving zone. A long carry up the middle or a ball funneled down the right side will avoid the bunkers and leave you in the fairway. The second shot is to an elevated green that plays smaller than it looks. A par is a good score here.
A long par four that resembles the famous Road Hole at St. Andrews. A tee shot placed down the right side will leave the best angle in for your second shot. Anything from the middle or left side will force the player to contend with the deep bunker near the front-left side of the green.
A stout par three that plays into a plateau green running from front-right to back-left. Players who can curve the ball, landing it on the front right and chasing it back, will have the best chance at making par. A bunker sits on the left side of the green to collect balls that weren’t played high or long enough.
A short par four with a green nestled in between two sand dunes. The best position is just past the bunker in the right-center of the fairway, leaving a full shot into the hole. This green slopes from left to right, play accordingly.
This par four plays entirely uphill. Pay attention to the hole location as there are wings on the left-side and right-side that demand a precise approach. There isa lot of fairway to the right which will create the best angle for a back left hole Location.
This mid-length par five plays straight towards the setting sun. A tee shot hit towards the left-center of the fairway will give players a chance to get near the green in two. There is a bunker on the right side of the fairway that sits short of the green. You might take an extra club as you are hitting to an elevated green that is tiered.
This can be a long and difficult par four. A big tee shot hit down the right side may leave you with a view of the green. If you are down the middle or left side you will have a blind approach shot into the green. After you have tapped in be sure to ring the bell so the group behind you knows the green is clear.
This par five gives players two options off the tee – the conservative play is down the left side, avoiding the bunkers in the middle. A tee ball that is driven towards the right side needs to carry the waste area to reach the fairway. If successful you will have a direct line to the green and could reach home in two. The bunker short left of the green tends to collect a lot of balls that are not hit with confidence.
This strong finishing hole plays downwind in the summer and requires a drive placed just left of center. From here a mid-iron shot should be played left of the intended target. Take enough club to get all the way to the hole, the green lies in a bowl and shots will feed back to the center.