Happy Halloween to all HOG readers….uh, I mean, “Patrons.” Trying to find a suitable “scary” golf photo for today was easy. I have a lot of awesomely creepy and mysterious pics from my last trip to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Checkout the path the the 2nd tee on the new Sheep Ranch Course:
Those are some scary trees right there.
Below the “marine layer” (a.k.a. fog) creeps up over the 16th fairway on the Sheep Ranch.
Old Macdonald was looking quite scary and mysterious on this drone flight:
And last but not least, sunset during fire season at the par-3 Bandon Preserve course:
On my HOG World Tour road trip to Oregon and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort I was fortunate to work out a time on the amazing par-3 Bandon Preserve course to capture some racing drone video, as the course was closed for maintenance. It was simply blind luck but I was happy to take advantage of the situation and buzz the course for some really fun video clips. Check it out:
If you have a golf course you’d like some aerial videography or photography of, let me know.
For your enjoyment are a few photos of Pacific Dunes, at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Pacific is my favorite of the courses on the property, but that’s kind of like picking out your favorite Victoria’s Secret supermodel.
Look at that amazing coastline above. Stunning.
While capturing the photo above I was bummed there was fog and not much morning sunlight. But after looking at some of the photos I captured in those foggy conditions, I’m pretty thrilled with the results.
Above is the 10th green and 11th tee box on Pacific, around sunset. Stellar.
More to come.
It’s my birthday week, so what better way to celebrate my old age than visiting Bandon Dunes Golf Resort? Answer, there’s nothing better. I’m in Bandon with the intention of checking out the new Sheep Ranch, as well as going on a photo and video safari. I’ve already got some incredible photos. Check out this one of Sheep Ranch.
Stay tuned for many, many more photos and videos from Bandon Dunes. I’m still here. Still capturing stunning media. Don’t want to leave.
The HOG Product of the Year for best golf course is a course which was featured/reviewed in the calendar year, and has never been played previously. This year there are some very good courses played on the HOG World Tour, so the winner is certainly the cream of the crop. Here is a list of the finalists for this year, including all of the courses from Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
Bandon Dunes (Bandon Dunes Resort)
Pacific Dunes (Bandon Dunes Resort)
Old Macdonald (Bandon Dunes Resort)
Bandon Trails (Bandon Dunes Resort)
Bandon Preserve (Bandon Dunes Resort)
Blue Course at Streamsong Resort, Florida
TPC Danzante Bay, Mexico
Red Ledges, Utah
Every course in the finalists list is tremendous. Each has its own personality, great architectural features, and terrific scenery. One course edged out the rest, and boy am I aching to get back there again.
The envelope please….
Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Hats off to Pacific Dunes, a Tom Doak design located at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, on the Oregon coast. Pacific Dunes runs right along the coastline, presenting tremendous and stunning ocean views and vistas.
Walking Pacific Dunes is a pure joy, rivaled only by rounds I’ve played in Scotland at Kingsbarns, The Old Course, Cruden Bay, Balcomie Links, Carnoustie, and the other courses at Bandon.
Pacific Dunes plays very links-like. It features tremendous tee shots, fabulous bunkering, and the views are amazing. Perhaps the strongest parts of Pacific are the green complexes and one of the best sets of par-3’s I’ve ever played.
I could reiterate more of my thoughts on Pacific. Instead I recommend simply checking out my Pacific Dunes golf course review here.
Hats off to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Tom Doak for claiming the Hooked on Golf Blog 2018 Product of the Year in the golf course category. It’s truly a prestigious and exclusive award.