Old Macdonald, the youngest 18 Hole venue at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, is a fun-filled links and a forgivingly roomy layout for all to enjoy. Beginning and ending near the inland pines, Old Macdonald guides its golfers on an exciting seaward adventure. Over a large dune ridge, past the lone-standing snag tree, lies a premier vista of miles of open links and a horizon of breaking surf. When the marine layer is rolling off the coast, you feel like you are standing at the gates of golf heaven. On several occasions, the course ascends up another more westerly range of dune hills that envelope the links, offering spectacular seaside views. Seemingly simple and tame, Old Macdonald can be as deviously difficult as the rest of the Bandon clan. Capitalizing on this user-friendly layout is no small task. A crafty design by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina highlights the lands natural, weathered features, and is as tough to score on as any. Inspired by the style and named in the honor of legendary golf architect C.B. Macdonald, this Old Macdonald has no farms, nor cow pastures, but rather a dynamic coastal layout that further cultivates the quality of Northwest golf.
Old Macdonald offers generous landing zones as the landscape is expansive and nearly treeless with very little plant life. Aside from the opening and closing stretch, the core of the course lies engulfed by dune hills providing a nice blend of flat, yet rolling terrain, as well as some occasional elevation change. Whether flat or sloped, you will find strong undulations in and among the putting surfaces throughout. The greens here provide the biggest challenge, wind and weather aside. And “big” is an understatement for a course that boasts some of the world’s largest greens, and which blanket those of St. Andrews. Guarded by plenty of sand, like all of Bandon’s golf, accuracy becomes more vital in avoiding precarious approach angles at the flag. Notable among the sand features are numerous traps with wooden planked edges, reminiscent of ship wreckage. These traps, including the fairway spanning “Hell bunker”, affront the Par 5 6th, play their part in this character-filled links. But the lead role in Old Macdonald’s uniqueness ironically belongs to the massive and extremely contoured fescue greens designed after C.B. Macdonald’s replications of worldly famous golf holes. From a cast of features that includes slopes, ridges, plateaus, punchbowls and even a true “Biarritz” green with a giant swale in the middle; it’s the putting surfaces that steal the show. So swing free from the tee, but expect to pay the price in and around the menacingly entertaining putting surfaces.
About Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, on the southern coast of Oregon near Bandon, OR, is a world class golf mecca, and a defining piece of the puzzle regarding the quality and diversity of Northwest golf. Golf enthusiasts travel from all corners to experience this collection of nationally acclaimed golf. From the forested coastal inlands to the weather-shaped dunes of the ocean-front links, Bandon Golf Resort offers four captivating courses that are worthy of any golfers bucket list. Continuously topping the charts of many accredited golf rankings, Bandon is more than just a premier golf destination; it’s like a trip abroad to Scotland or a history lesson of golf and how it was intended to be played. Hand-crafted by nature, and plotted by man, Bandon Golf Resort has captured the spirit of the old game to the Northwest golfers delight.