“WORDS DON'T REALLY DO THE SITE JUSTICE.
IT HAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL.”
— Mike Keiser
There's no question in Mike Keiser's mind that the next gem at Bandon Dunes will be something truly special. Shorty's, the new 19-hole short course, located between the first hole of Bandon Trails and the ocean to the west, is an incredible site with rolling natural dunes and scattered shore pines as far as the eye can see. The architects have been hired—the team of Rod Whitman, Dave Axland, and Keith Cutten—and Keiser is confident they'll untap the land's inspiring features with a unique routing unlike any of the other golf experiences on property.
Honoring Mike's close friendship with Shorty Dow, the first caretaker and self appointed "governor, mayor, and sheriff" of Bandon Dunes, Shorty's, along with it's neighboring links, Bandon Preserve, will again be a 'course with a mission,' directly funding the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance's grant-making efforts on the Southern Oregon Coast.
The foundation of WAC Golf’s success has been an unrelenting respect for classic golf course architecture and the environments in which their courses are blended.
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All net proceeds from the new short course will directly fund the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, the grant-making department of the resort that supports conservation, community, and economy on the Southern Oregon Coast.
“It is a privilege to work on a pure links site. It is the perfect setting for the style of course we hope to build.”
~ Rod Whitman, Golf Course Architect
“We were charged with finding up to 14 holes over outstanding and rumpled dunes. Our first routing resulted in a 12-hole layout. However, after follow up conversations, we decided to try for more holes, on even more dynamic land, to the south. Interestingly, we ended up with 19 holes purely by accident. We believe these holes to be the best the site has to offer.”
~ Dave Axland, Golf Course Architect
“This will be fun! Fun to build and fun to play. What an honor to work for the Keisers on a piece of ground so ideal for golf.”
~ Keith Cutten, Golf Course Architect
Who Was Shorty Dow?
“On a recent walk reviewing the routing for the new Par 3, I was inspired by my first memory of meeting Shorty Dow. Everyone knows of the vista near 14 tee on Bandon Trails where Shorty first took our group, but he also hiked us along the Ridge Trail to tour a location where I could have a clear view of the dunes that lay underneath all the encroaching gorse. Looking out over the same set of dunes on that recent walk I thought, ‘This is the land that Shorty would want to oversee.” —Mike Keiser
Strategic design coupled with great contour (whether natural or man-made) is the essence of golf architecture. The only way to create golf courses of remarkable distinction is to allow inherent site characteristics to influence the design.