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2006 Curtis Cup
Dates I Played:
Score: 85 & 87
Conditions: Sunny, high 50's low 60's, Wind
While working on a project in Seattle, I decided to take a day weekend trip to Bandon Oregon, where the fairly new Golf course duo, Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes were. These two courses had recently caught my attention after both making the top 10 of courses you can play in America as well as the TOP 100 ranking in American and the World. I borsewd the website to get a feel for what the complex was about, at first I was anticipating a golf complex much like the Pebble Beach complex of courses where it was "corporate owned and run golf", but as I read on I was getting differnt vibes to this complex. They taut it as golf as its meant to be. Wow, really? By this time I hadn't been to either Scotland or Ireland so I didn't really have an appreciation for real links golf, only by viewing it on TV during the British Open and through pictures. So I was excited to go. the only problem is that it is really hidden, tucked ina far remote corner of Oregon know as Coos bay or bandon by the Sea, and it was served by a small and tiny commuter airport. It was an 8 hour drive from Seattle and a 5 hour drive from Portland. I had to take a puddle jumper from Seattle to Portland and then another Puddle jumper from Portland to Coos Bay. From there I got a car service, which by the way specializes in servicing golfers headed to Bandon Dunes resort. The drive took about 25 to 30 mins. It was pitch black but the stars were really really bright and we drove through very very tall pine trees and there was nothing else around. It was a deserted drive. When we arrived at the resort, the main club house was a very basic un austere building, very lodge like. My room was a DUNES single, since my view were of the Dunes, the other side of the lodge provided for views of the golf course. the room was GREAT. The bathroom was ultra modern the decor was suttle and classy and the bed was good.
I woke up the next morning and I had 2 rounds bandon Dunes first and then Pacific Dunes. I was awestruck by what I saw. I had never been to ireland or Scotland but I would imagine this is what is would look like. ( The year after I played in Scotland and Ireland and my assumptions was true, bandon and Pacific Dunes is a ture linksland golf course, created by the hand of God and , uncovered by man.
paciofic Dunes was much tougher than bandon dunes due to the huge naturall dunes which were also natural sand and waste bunker. The tall fescue and the undualting terrain and the green sites were all so natural with the Green blending with the fairways in tur links style, where you can putt from 50 yards off the green.
The pictures to the left are pictures I took of my 2nd round at Pacific Dunes, currently, the #1 Golf Course you can play in America and TOP 20 In the World! Just look at the vastness of the space the purity of the golf, the beauty of the land and sea blended together as one on this great links land. Unfortunately I was concentrating on my round and didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked.
It was a great experience to play at pacific Dunes While it was still a secret in the golf world - the remoteness, the natural beauty, the freshness of the air, the great golf....
The 3rd Hole, Gorse, wind and the Ocean.
The amazing 4th hole, right on the cliffs and the wind blows toward the ocean, what a HOLE!
View looking back to the 4th tee, The Sheep ranch Course in the distance.
The 9th Par 3, with the Ocean - Amazing!!!!.
Me on the Tee at 9th Par 3..
The 10th Par 3, Gorse,the Ocean, natural Dunes - Amazing!!!!.
The 10th Par 3, My ball is left of the flag, this was a satisfying par!
The 11th, great links hole, look at that large natural dune bunker!!