On day four our group made the decision to rest in the morning, rather than pushing ourselves for another day of 36 holes. We have been pushing it hard, as guests at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort often do. Rather than a morning 18, we opted for a casual breakfast and enjoying some of Bandon Dunes’s other offerings.
The courses at Bandon are hilly, and the ground can be pretty hard. I needed to recuperate so I scheduled a massage at the on-site massage center.
The massage was fantastic and rejuvenated my very sore and stiff back, and shins which were sore from climbing all the hills.
Surprisingly I felt so refreshed after the massage that I decided to check out some of the hiking trails. There are miles of trails that wind through the dunes, the forest, and the beach areas at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Below is a panorama of the main lodge area I captured from one of the trails.
The hiking trails are quite different than my trails at home in Utah. The vegetation is much more dense and green due to the high amount of precipitation and humidity. Check out this trail below, with an amazing log covered with moss.
And nearby is the “Labyrinth” as seen below. The Labyrinth is a neat feature for guests to enjoy and find their zen happy place. I spent some time there contemplating my short game.
Following the morning massage and hiking, I was physically and mentally prepared to take on the afternoon 18 holes on the tremendous Pacific Dunes course, a Tom Doak design.
Day four at Bandon Dunes was a day I will not forget.