Hurting now. It’s a good kind of pain. After playing 76 holes of golf in very windy conditions, on hard ground with tons of elevation changes… I’m hammered.
Today was another spectacular day, as it seems all days are at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The 7am tee time was our first round on Pacific Dunes. Pacific Dunes is a Tom Doak design. Doak is one of my favorites.
Following the round at Pacific Dunes, we had a great lunch in the Pacific Dunes clubhouse.
The afternoon round was a repeat of Old MacDonald Golf Links. “Old Mac” played a little less crazy today, vs the non-stop 30-40mph winds we had a couple of days ago. An enjoyable and challenging walk with a ton of elevation changes.
Old MacDonald – 18th Hole
It was hard to keep concentration up and hit good golf shots as the day progressed. It is easy to push it hard here at Bandon Dunes.
This evening hit “The Punchbowl” for a friendly putting competition. The Punchbowl is a huge putting area with severe sloping, and 18 actual holes to play. Think the Himalayas at the Old Course in St Andrews.
Tomorrow our group decided to take some time to rest in the morning and not play a full 36 holes. We will play Pacific Dunes in the afternoon after recuperating in the morning. I’ve decided to do some “research” on the spa here, and get a massage to work out a lot of my stiff back and leg muscles.
It’s late and I’m super tired but here’s a quick recap of day two for the HOG World Tour stop in Bandon Dunes, part of the #GolfBlogWorldTour. Search for the #GolfBlogWorldTour hashtag on social networks!
This morning at 7am we teed off on Bandon Trails. “Trails” is a fantastic, scenic course with tons of elevation change. The course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
Above is the first hole of Bandon Trails, first out.
Below is a highlight shot from the afternoon round at the original Bandon Dunes course, a David McKlay Kidd design.
This week is a week of quick recap posts with a photo or two. Playing 36/day and trying to find time to do anything else other than sleep and eat is challenging. Stay tuned each day this week for more updates, and later down the road for some more detailed reviews and articles.
Too tired and too late to post much today, and likely the rest of this week. As part of the #GolfBlogWorldTour, the HOG World Tour visited Bandon Dunes for the first time today. I played Old MacDonald and the par-3 13-hole Bandon Preserve.
I will try to do a few social posts per day and more blog posts following the trip. With 36 walking holes each day, time is short and when I’m not playing I need to either be sleeping or eating.
I’m excited to announce that Hooked on Golf Blog is joining forces with great golf media friends GolfBlogger.com, IntoTheGrain.com, and GolfBalled.com for an epic trip to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. This power group of independent golf bloggers/media will be in Bandon Dunes July 11-15 and sharing the experience.
The #GolfBlogWorldTour will be playing numerous rounds on all the Bandon courses: Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails, Bandon Preserve, Old Macdonald, and settling ties at The Punchbowl.
Tune in to social networks and follow the hashtag #GolfBlogWorldTour to view live photos, videos and commentary from America’s #1 golf destination, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
Here’s a note from Bandon Dunes Founder Mike Keiser on a new project called Sand Valley. Anything which is a “cross between Pine Valley and Sand Hills” is good in my book.
January 9, 2014 – Nekoosa, Wisconsin
From: Mike Keiser – Founder, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
I have purchased the land and The Founders and I have decided to build the first of four golf courses at Sand Valley. The first course will be designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (Bandon Trails, Cabot Cliffs). Design work will begin as soon as the snow melts and we plan to be open for play in Spring 2016.
With Cabot Cliffs (Inverness, Nova Scotia) underway and Gil Hanse and I working on Bandon Links (Bandon, OR), I really tried to resist this project, but within 30 minutes of being on site, I was hooked. It is a thrilling dunescape – a cross between Pine Valley and Sand Hills.
This is great. Arguably the best golf developer of the last 50 years writes a 4 sentence press release about a project which will likely be right up there with Bandon Dunes. Love it.
Sand Valley Golf Proximity
Coore – Crenshaw – Keiser