Bandon Preserve - The 134 yard ninth is a prime example of the views on the 13 hole gem . . . in fact,
the ocean is within view on every hole at B.P
The much anticipated opening of the new par 3 course at Bandon Resort is set to
open on May 1st, 2012 (two weeks away).B.R Koehnemann - the Public Relations
Director for Bandon Dunes was my escort/playing companion at Bandon Preserve
(designed by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw).The 13 hole short course
layout was originally slated to be 12, but when Coore walked behind the fifth
green, he said to Mike Keiser, (founder/owner of Bandon Dunes Resort) “there’s
another golf hole here", that’s all it took for Keiser to agree to make it a 13-hole
course. The hole that turned B.P into a "bakers dozen" is now the sixth, located on
the bottom shelf up against the native vegetation.
The 138 yard - 1st at BP, the start of the most beautiful par 3 course in America
Keiser's two favorites are hole #5, and #9, both have pacific ocean backdrops.The
concept of having the short course at Bandon is brilliant for many reasons:
1)If your group arrives late in the afternoon, Preserve is the perfect place to get
the trip started.
2)Or the opposite (as in my case), after I walked Old Mac early in the a.m and was
flying out the next morning, I didn't have the time or energy to walk another 18
3)For players who aren't big on beating balls for lengthy periods of time, the Preserve
would be the perfect warm up to prepare you for the types of short game shots
you'll need to score on Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails, Bandon Dunes or Old MacDonald.
Keiser has stated that he'll stagger the tee times in 15 minute intervals, so no matter
how popular the short course gets, slow play shouldn't become a factor . . . with a
max of only 16 players per hour.
Every hole at Preserve has great variety, but none is brutally tough.The wind coming
straight off the ocean will make some of the holes play much more challenging than
the yardage suggests, but Preserve is more about great design, creativity, and
magnificent sights.One of the unique things about Bandon Preserve is the fact that
the proceeds from the course will go to the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, which
protects the land and waters of the south coast.Bandon Preserve will also protect
and preserve the Silvery Phacelia, an endangered plant species whose habitat is
threatened by non-native plants.The Silvery Phacelia plant is part of the logo for
One of the most picturesque one shotters anywhere, the 142 yard -2nd at BP
I was completely enamored (loved them all) with hole #2, It plays downhill, has
a deep gorge running along the right side of the hole, plays into the wind, and the
deep bunker carved out the hillside on the left doesn't allow you to bail out.Also the
magnificent railing made from native tree branches just frames the hole beautifully.
Ireland? Scotland? Nope, it's the South Coast of Oregon . . . 3rd at BP - 106 yds
The 5th just moments before hail dropped from the heavens
As we approached the jaw dropping 152 yard fifth tee, it was pretty obvious to us
(B.R & Ken Nice - Director of Agronomy) that we were about to get nailed by a storm
rolling in from the ocean.What we didn't know was that the storm was packing hail, a
harmless 3 minute onslaught of ice pellets, followed by benign conditions . . .
anything and everything are in play at Bandon when it comes to the conditions.
The piece of property Bill Coore found to create a "bakers dozen" was the 6th hole pictured here,
don't over do the draw as I did, anything left of the putting surface is bogey at best.
The 78 yard - 8th is a punch bowl green
The fescue greens weren't cut down to speed yet, but Ken said the green speeds
would be kept close to 10 on a regular basis.Since we played just weeks before
the Grand Opening on May 1st, the tee boxes were preserved from divots by using
The 152 yard eleventh
The twelfth at Preserve - 148 yards
The Bandon Trails clubhouse and 1st tee are just a few dozen yards from the 13th
green at Bandon Preserve . . . so with the proper scheduling, the transition to your
next round could be seamless.
The severely downhill 110 yard - 13th runs along side the 18th on Bandon Dunes.
This large brass coin commemorates the opening day on May 1st, 2012
When you arrive at the golf mecca that is Bandon Dunes Resort, be sure to
experience the 13 holes of par 3 splendor that is Bandon Preserve.
"It was fun working with such beautiful ground in order to bring the Bandon Preserve to
life. We hope these golf holes, presented on a smaller scale, are enjoyable for everyone to
Green fees are $100 (replay rate $50).