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Bandon Preserve Course Tour by Jon Cavalier

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BANDON PRESERVE – A COURSE TOUR & APPRECIATION

Bandon Dunes Resort, Bandon, OR – Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw

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Bandon Preserve sits on a nook of cliffside dunes between Bandon Trails to the East and Bandon Dunes to the north.  The setting for this little gem is spectacular — every hole has views of the cliffs and the ocean.  The course itself has everything a golfer could want from 150 yards and in (the longest hole from the back tee measures 147 yards) including shared greens, huge undulations, blind shots, ground game opportunities, and wind.

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There isn’t much I can tell you about this collection of one-shot holes — the photos themselves do a better job than I could.  But I will tell you that anyone who misses out on playing the Preserve on a trip to Bandon Dunes is doing themselves a major disservice.  As with the Punchbowl, the Preserve is one of those elements that makes a trip to Bandon so special.  The uniqueness of a short course in such a beautiful setting; the opportunity to add to long travel day with a quick loop; the fun of plunking down a few wagers with your foursome (or fivesome, or eightsome – closest to the pin, anyone?); or perhaps best of all, a solo walk around these thirteen holes at dusk, with only your wedge, your putter and your thoughts of rounds played and rounds to come.

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Hole 1 – 134 yards (back); 90 yards (front)

A player knows right from the start that Coore & Crenshaw treated this thirteen holer with the same love and care that they do each of their full size projects.

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Hole 2 – 150 yards (back); 93 yards (front)

The second at Preserve is as good as any par-3 at the resort.

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The view from behind the second.

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Hole 3 – 87 yards (back); 65 yards (front)

This diminutive par-3 is the second-shortest hole at Preserve.

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Hole 4 – 118 yards (back); 83 yards (front)

This gorgeous hole starts a three hole stretch which takes the player down across the property to the edge of the dunes.

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The fourth shares its green with the seventh hole, with the putting surface as a large “L” shape.  This view is of the long side of the “L” used by the fourth hole.

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The full green.

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Hole 5 – 142 yards (back); 95 yards (front)

A gorgeous hole.  Putting from the tee is an option here.

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Hole 6 – 131 yards (back); 77 yards (front)

The sixth is benched into the side of the dunes bordering the property . . .

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. . . and provides some of the best views at Preserve.

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Hole 7 – 147 yards (back); 119 yards (front)

The longest hole at Preserve, the seventh can play entirely blind, depending on which section of teeing area the player chooses.

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A side view of the seventh green.

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Hole 8 – 63 yards (back); 40 yards (front)

The shortest hole at Preserve plays to a tiny punchbowl green.

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This hole must see more aces than any other at the Resort.

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Hole 9 – 134 yards (back); 88 yards (front)

Perhaps the prettiest hole at Preserve, the ninth plays directly toward the ocean and the endless field of gorse below.

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The ninth also boasts one of the most contoured greens at Preserve.

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Hole 10 – 120 yards (back); 93 yards (front)

The tenth plays to a green fronted by a large mound which obscures a sizable section of the putting surface.

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The view from the mouth of the tenth.

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Hole 11 – 142 yards (back); 95 yards (front)

The eleventh plays along the edge of the property and begins the return to the clubhouse.

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The views to the left of the eleventh are breathtaking — the lone tree near the sixteenth green at Bandon Dunes is center here.

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Hole 12 – 132 yards (back); 108 yards (front)

Two framing bunkers short right and short left guard the mouth of the punchbowl-like twelfth green.

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As seen in this photo from behind the twelfth green, shots played up the right side will carom on to the large green.

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Hole 13 – 109 yards (back); 75 yards (front)

If you’ve never hit a 100 yard approach to a green with your putter, this is your chance.  All downhill and fronted by a rolling downslope leading to the mouth of the green, a well-struck putt from the tee will leave a birdie opportunity.

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Just make sure you avoid the bunkers.

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I cannot speak highly enough of the Preserve.  If I lived near it, I would play it every day.  And if you make the trip to Bandon, I strongly urge you to make time to play this little thirteen hole gem – you’ll regret it if you don’t.

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Copyright 2016 – Jason Way, GeekedOnGolf

2 thoughts on “Bandon Preserve Course Tour by Jon Cavalier

  1. Pingback: An Appreciation of Great Courses by Jon Cavalier | Geeked on Golf

  2. That’s for sure. There is no doubt about it that…

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