United Airlines Eases Travel Time To Bandon Dunes In 2023


We are very pleased to announce that once again, United Airlines will be providing seasonal nonstop service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH), in North Bend, Oregon.

For the 2023 season, direct service will operate twice-a-week roundtrip flights (Sunday & Wednesday) from May 7 to September 27, on United’s Embraer ERJ-175 jet aircraft. The ERJ-175 provides passengers with a full-service cabin and offers seating for up to 76 passengers, including twelve first-class cabin seats. Please refer to the United Airlines website for flight times, fares, and availability.

The United Airlines service will continue to ease travel time to Bandon Dunes and enables convenient connections to cities across the U.S. and throughout the world. Visitors to the resort from beyond the Northwest may now enjoy nonstop air service from another major international hub.

All ticket dates for the Denver-North Bend flights are available now at www.united.com or by calling (800) 864-8331.

For more information or to make reservations for your next Bandon Dunes trip, visit our Reservations Page.

You can also visit our "Getting Here" page to learn more about all the different ways to get to Bandon Dunes.

Bandon Dunes and THE Freshwater Trust team up with YETI to Reduce Single-use Plastic


Since opening in 1999, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has strived to be a respectful land steward, celebrating the marvels of mother nature while cherishing the walk and stories the timeless game of golf provides. This is rooted in the ethos of Mike Keiser, Bandon's founder, whose 'leave no trace' attitude led him to the founding of his first business venture in 1971, Recycled Paper Greetings. From there, Mike and his family's passion for impactful conservation grew.

Today, we're pressing in our match against single-use plastic bottle consumption. There is no doubt we all need to up the stakes. The production of plastic is growing faster than any other material on this planet. It's a topic our team continues to brainstorm around knowing we rely on it for so many different purposes on property. Our pathway forward starts like any other journey, one step at a time.

649k Water Bottles Consumed

Over the last five years, our resort has ordered and consumed roughly 649k plastic water bottles. That's why we've been making changes and will no longer be ordering them going forward.

Refill Stations Where can you find water now? Over the past year, we've installed 14 new water refill stations throughout the property. The ability to hydrate is nearby!

YETI Rambler Through our partnership with The Freshwater Trust, we've created a program to offer reusable YETI® Rambler Bottles in replacement of plastic water bottles on property. Starting this #EarthDay, arriving guests will have the option to purchase a reusable bottle at cost for $20 and use them at any outlet on property or any of the refill stations. The YETI Rambler® 18 oz. Bottles are available at any golf shop, front desk or the Lodge Gift Shop as well as recyclable aluminum bottles of water available across the resort.

As Bandon Dunes' footprint has grown, so has its commitment to sustainable practices in an effort to maintain the elemental beauty that surrounds us. We pride ourselves on not only being recognized for many notable environmental awards but also the various certifications that are already fundamental to the links golf experience we provide. Click here to see some of these efforts.

In an effort to further our commitment to keeping the Oregon coast, and the world at large just as beautiful as we found it, it's time to come together around the 'reduce waste' mentality. We appreciate your support and look forward to the future steps we take to preserve and celebrate the outdoors.

What is The Freshwater Trust?

The Freshwater Trust

Rivers are the backbone of our country. Yet decades of treating a finite resource as infinite has had severe consequences. The Freshwater Trust is a group of problem solvers that design and implement data-driven, science-based solutions that protect and restore rivers. They are the largest restoration-focused organization in the Pacific Northwest, and the second-largest conservation group based in Oregon with the mission to preserve and restore freshwater ecosystems. Learn more about all of their initiatives here.

Lay of the Land

Remembering Those We've Lost


The South Coast ethos our employees share with our guests amplifies the resort experience. Our small-town vibe and the benefits that resonate within a tight-knit community and close connection with friends and family is ever-present in our daily interactions. Our guests feel it -- frequently commenting on the culture and staff friendliness. We celebrate this as a resort and are thankful that our team members feel the freedom to be themselves in the workplace. This is why when we lose members of our resort family it reverberates through our team and our community, reminding us to not take things for granted, to appreciate the day, and those we choose to work with. 

It's with great sadness that we share the recent loss of three team members. Peggy Wiest, Bobby Charitar, and Mark Bergmann. May they rest in peace. Our hearts go out to their families, friends, and to our team members who are grieving their losses. 

Margaret "Peggy" Weist

Peggy joined the Bandon Dunes family in 2017 as a Turnstand Attendant and became our first Staff Café Attendant in 2018. In April of 2019, she moved to the Reservations Department where she worked as the evening resort operator at the PBX desk. She had many friends around the resort and enjoyed living at Staff Village.

Peggy spent most of her life in Missouri and moved to the Oregon Coast to be closer to family. Before her employment at Bandon Dunes, she worked as a cook, caregiver, truck stop manager, and business owner. She loved knitting and liked to lend a hand with her skills as a seamstress. Pictured below: Peggy and her daughter, Joy.

Dhirendra "Bobby" Charitar

Bobby joined the Bandon Dunes family as a Starter/Ranger in June of 2015 and quickly became known for his bright smile, amazing customer care, and impeccable golf attire. He managed the first tee at Old Macdonald and then moved to the Bandon Dunes course, where he welcomed each guest to the first tee box with his warmth and knowledge of the game. Bobby embodied the principles of being genuine, helpful, and friendly and was presented with the TrueService Ambassador award in August 2017. 

Bobby grew up in the Coos Bay area, where he attended Marshfield High School and went on to work as the Store Manager at Kmart for 35 years. His number one priority was family, and he cared deeply for those around him. He loved the game of golf and was the perfect partner for those fortunate enough to play with him. Bobby’s outgoing personality and love of cooking were ever-present, and he was eager to share his culinary creations with others. He had a close bond with the Eagles Lodge in Coos Bay and was instrumental in the success of community dinners and helping those in need.

Mark Bergmann

Mark attended the University of Washington on an ROTC scholarship, and he went on to obtain his Masters of Education at City University. He served in the US Navy for three years as a navigator on the USS Higbee and was a proud veteran. Mark spent much of his career as a successful elementary school teacher in Vancouver, Washington. 

In June 2008, Mark started as a seasonal staff member at Pacific Dunes, helping transition the food and beverage operation from the temporary clubhouse to the current clubhouse. In 2009, he was hired as the Old Macdonald host, where he provided tours for VIP guests and media. Mark spent three summers at Bandon Dunes and realized he wanted to make the Oregon Coast his home. After 33 years, he retired from his teaching career and served as the Director of Guest Services at Bandon Dunes for the next nine years.

The Bandon Vibe


Most golfers ponder every element of their dream golf retreat to Bandon Dunes, trying to encompass all of the smallest details that create an unforgettable experience.

Josh Sens, Senior Writer for GOLF Magazine, said it eloquently when he wrote, “Bandon is a place where the game’s past rushes up to meet its present, even as it points to the promise of its future.” And while in the past, the search for the perfect Bandon itinerary included finding the best way to tackle all five of the resort’s courses, visitors must now find a way to sneak in a sixth, with the introduction of the Sheep Ranch.

As we’ve witnessed over the years, there’s no perfect itinerary for visiting Bandon—just iterations of what your perfect visit looks like. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some essentials that can elevate your stay, whether it is your first escape to Bandon, or simply the latest. We’ve combined a number of itinerary philosophies from past guests and media experts, as well as some key basics that Bandon’s own staff ambassadors feel are essential to fully embracing your trip.



3:00 pm — Arrival
4:00 pm — Links golf acclimation on Bandon Dunes
9:00 pm — McKee’s Pub dinner: build the foundation for a great week with a hearty meal

Bandon Tip: “When you first get to the resort, check-in quick and leave your bags with guest services if timing is tight to make your first round. There is no better way to shake off the travel than to stretch your legs with a walk while enjoying a fresh deep breath of the Pacific Ocean air.”
—Patrick Sims, Guest

“I was struggling to explain Bandon’s appeal to friends until I saw one of Shoe’s daily Twitter posts and said to myself, ‘What other course has a Director of Outside Happiness?’ Take notice of the small details the staff recognizes; it will make you appreciate the experience so much more.”
—Matt Satternus, Plugged in Golf


Anticipation settles into reality

6:30 am — Breakfast at the Tufted Puffin in the Lodge
7:30 am — Warm up at the Practice Center
8:30 am — Tee off at Old Macdonald
1:00 pm — Lunch at Pacific Grill
2:00 pm — Afternoon round on Pacific Dunes
7:30 pm — Dinner at Trails End

Bandon Tip: “I love an early morning round on Old Macdonald not only because you’re typically guaranteed a calmer start, but as the sun rises over the Ghost Tree you feel as if you’re also rising to the golf heavens.”
—Joe Ciombor, Guest


Become one with the bounce

8:00 am — Exercise your mind with a hike to the Labyrinth
8:30 am — Breakfast at Pacific Grill
9:30 am — Morning Group Links Lesson with Bandon’s PGA Master Teaching Professional and local Jedi, Grant Rogers
11:00 am — Lunch at Trails End
12:00 pm — Afternoon round on Bandon Trails
5:30 pm — 60-minute massage at the Massage Center
7:30 pm — Dinner at The Forge in the Main Lodge

Trails End Head Chef: “If you’ve built up an appetite, get a couple plates of pot stickers for the table at lunch. You won't be disappointed.”

“The best decision we made all week was taking a links lesson led by Master PGA Professional Grant Rogers and PGA Pro Jake Sestero.”
—Ashley Mayo, Golf Magazine


Finish in harmony

7:30 am — Breakfast at the Tufted Puffin in the Main Lodge
9:00 am — Early tour around the Sheep Ranch
2:30 pm — Lunch at Tufted Puffin
4:00 pm — Bandon Preserve, if you’re a larger group, inquire about playing as an eight-some
7:00 pm — Punchbowl Putting Competition: settle any bets now or forever hold your peace
8:00 pm — Dinner at Pacific Grill
9:30 pm — Bunker Bar Night Cap

Bandon Preserve Tip: Eight-somes are celebrated on the Bandon Preserve. Bring your group together to either catch up on life upon arrival or have it be one of your last rounds to relive all of the best moments from the trip. You’re bound to have plenty to laugh about!


Departure day

7:00 am — Are your dogs barking? Did you stay out too late at the Bunker Bar? If not, play an early morning 18 on your favorite course or pack the bags and set sail for home.

“Departure day can be a real drag. I’ve often noticed groups gathering near the shuttles looking bummed, myself included. Luckily, the download of photos and thread in your work inbox helps make the transition back to reality easier.”
—Dave Rabil, Guest


The Pub Burger at McKee's is a must-try dish when dining at Bandon

Key ingredients: Irish cheddar, bacon, egg, malt vinegar onions, grain mustard, mayo, on a pretzel roll.

A better burger: One of the favorite dishes at McKee's is the Pub burger! Exceptional brisket and chuck patty with aged, sharp Irish cheddar and freshly pickled onions on a soft pretzel bun and topped with a fried egg. It's the perfect choice for a hearty meal after walking one of Bandon’s six courses.

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David McLay Kidd Walking Bandon Dunes Before the Final Round of the 120th U.S. Amateur


Listening to David McLay Kidd explain the ideal match-play strategy of each hole at Bandon Dunes is sweeter than a chip-in to save par. It also highlights that there is no ONE way to play links golf — which is exactly why we love it. 

Before the final matches of the 120th U.S. Amateur Championship, the legendary architect of Bandon Dunes shared his insights on what he thought would be a winning strategy on each hole at Bandon Dunes.

Kidd’s verbal tour through Bandon Dunes is not just about the best strategy to play the course. It’s a look inside the links game itself. The strategies. The myriad of choices each hole presents. 

For us at Bandon Dunes, there is no purer joy in golf.

David McLay KiddPhotography by Jeff Marsh

 Play the video below to see every televised shot from the 120th U.S. Amateur Final!

Designing Sheep Ranch - The Fried Egg


On his recent trip to the Oregon Coast to cover the Bandon Dunes Championship for College Golf Live, Andy Johnson squeezed in a quick tour around the Sheep Ranch during a beautiful crisp morning. Watch and listen to The Fried Egg's conversation with designer Bill Coore of Coore & Crenshaw, pairing together great commentary with stunning visuals. We can't wait to be walking down these fairways with all of you by our side come June 1. 

Part 1: Wind, Contour, and Bunkering 

Part 2: The Routing

Pictured above: No. 4 & 14 greens

Pictured above: Sheep Ranch, looking south

Sheep Ranch Progress Update: Routing & Approximate Yardages


Sheep Ranch treasure map. We hope you find gold! 🙂

Sheep Ranch Progress Update: No. 1 - The Hydroseed Train


The agronomy team is working up the fairway on #SheepRanch No. 1, one of the last holes to be seeded. #StaffPic by Sheep Ranch Assistant Superintendent Eric Langford. #SheepWeek

Sheep Ranch No. 1

Sheep Ranch No. 3

Sheep Ranch No. 16

Sheep Ranch Progress Update: Seeded Greens


All of the phases of golf course construction and agronomy are on full display at the Sheep Ranch this summer. As Coore & Crenshaw and the rest of the Sheep Ranch team continue to work their way north, we’ve started to see pure golf links land emerge. Starting in the furthest southwest corner of the property, holes 6-10 were the first to be shaped, irrigated and seeded. Similar to how a painter avoids painting themselves into a corner, the team has since been working north up the western ridge overlooking the Pacific and are now working their way east. Prime growing conditions are providing great progress with multiple green sites and tees now settling in for the upcoming season.

Below is a quick tease of every green with grass growing. It may be tough to imagine yourself amongst the dunes, watching the waves crash against the rocks as you take on Bandon’s 5th 18-hole course, but with each sunny day that passes we get closer to playing the Sheep Ranch. Stay tuned for more progress updates, the routing, opening date announcement and more! Remember to give a big round of applause to the agronomy team as they have been working hard to bring you pure, unbridled links golf.

See you out on the links!


No. 3

The first of two approaches toward Five Mile Point, Sheep Ranch No. 3, is the first Par-3 on the front nine, providing an early glimpse of the double green. The prevailing summer wind will be coming off your right shoulder from the north.


No. 4

Recently seeded, Sheep Ranch No. 4 is a Par-4 that moves southeast away from the ocean through many diverse undulations. The location of the green is sure to be a social space where the adjacent greens of Nos. 10 & 14 are located as well as the 5th, 11th, and 15th tees. This gathering point on the course will also be the home to the course’s turnstand.

No. 5

The next peninsula just south of 5 Mile Point, is home to both the 5th green and 6th tee. Sheep Ranch No. 5 is a Par-3 that runs directly west making for a challenging crosswind when playing your tee shot.

No. 6

Sheep Ranch No. 6 is a strong par-4 with its fairway running south along the coast, forcing you to determine the best line of flight for your game. The summer wind from the north could push your ball a little further right toward the ocean, so be sure to choose a good target!

No. 7

No. 7, a short Par-3, playing directly south was featured in our No 7: A Meditation post and will contend for one of the best views on property.

No. 8

The Par-4, No. 8, is a slight dogleg right that has more room in the fairway than it appears from the tee. The green is turtle-backed and possesses some great hole locations that will challenge even the best links golfers.

No. 9

No. 9 on the Sheep Ranch is the most southern Par-4 on the property, backing up to the adjacent Whiskey Run Road as well as Old Macdonald in the distance. Playing directly west, the summer winds will help tee shots and approaches work from right to left along the natural terrain of this beautiful hole.

No. 10

Playing directly north into the prevailing summer breeze, the 10th hole is a short Par-4 with teeth that finishes up in the central section of the course. Also, as stated above it will be located adjacent to the 4th and 14th greens as well as the 5th, 11th and 15th tees.

No. 14

No. 14 a Par-4 playing south has an elevated green with a steep false edge on the left. Off the tee, it will be essential in finding the right angle into the green to be able to attack the proper hole location. This hole completes the triangle of greens that surround the turnstand.

No. 15

Recently seeded, the 15th hole is a slight dog-leg right Par-4 that heads directly west and begins a three-hole stretch of links golf beauty right on the bluffs overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean.

No. 16

It’s hard to look at Sheep Ranch No. 16, a dynamic Par-3 heading north, and not think about the amount of fun this double green complex contains. Overlooking a beautiful rock formation to the west in the Pacific Ocean, this hole is sure to get your blood boiling, challenging your focus on the shot at hand as well as taking in the beautiful scenery.


Giving Back Through Great Golf


It was a conundrum: what to do with a beautiful piece of property that couldn’t be incorporated into Bandon Trails, but seemed simply too remarkable to be left untouched. After all, the property had been considered as part of Bandon Trails, but the challenging nature of its plunging landscape and choppy dunes made it difficult to incorporate into a design. But changing trends at Bandon—and the desire of visitors to play more golf without the challenge of walking 36 holes on a traditional course—led founder Mike Keiser to an epiphany: Why not build a short course?

As Seen in the first issue of Bandon Magazine

“I remember when Mike called and said he was really serious about building a short course,” says Bill Coore, who designed Bandon Trails with his partner Ben Crenshaw. “He’d seen the trends and, being intuitive, he’d perceived a short course would have some appeal. He told me we both knew where it should go.”

That spot was a triangular piece of land the pair found particularly appealing. Coore thought he might be able to incorporate it into Bandon Trails, but abandoned the idea when he recognized too much earth-moving would be involved.

“The site itself just sat there,” Keiser says. “It plunges towards the ocean, and it was too much of a climb to go back down and come up. But Bill thought you could build some great par threes there. He planted the idea.” That concept meshed with Keiser’s assessment of the market. “We are getting older, and there are a lot of people without the ability to play 36 holes in a day, but want to do something,” he says. “So that led me to think about trying a par-three course because you could play it in two hours—and if no one is in front of you, even less.

The objective of the design was simple—Keiser wanted Coore and Crenshaw to create a short course where length was not the object. In fact, Keiser said he'd prefer the holes being kept relatively short. But there was a catch—every hole had to be able to be lifted onto one of the full-length courses at Bandon and hold its own.

“I asked Mike how many holes he wanted,” Coore says. “He said he didn’t know—just not nine or 18. He wanted it to be fun, and Mike said he didn’t care how short the holes were, but he wasn’t enamoured with long holes. He wanted a quality that if you picked up one of the holes and put it on the big course, it would fit. I thought, ‘Is that all you want?’”

The result is a course where every one of the 13 holes is unique and set on some of the most vibrant, visually stunning property in all of Bandon Dunes.

“Am I surprised it has caught on with golfers? Not at all,” says Coore. “The key was when Mike set the goals. He just wanted quality golf holes you’d be thrilled to play. That set the bar that it would be extremely interesting golf on a smaller scale. That’s exactly what it is.”

Bandon Preserve No. 4


Once it was recognized that Bandon Preserve would be one of those special courses that resonated with the public, Keiser began considering what he might do with the profits. Thus the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance was born. The simple idea was to create something that could promote conservation, a concept that is important to the Keiser family.

“There are people who scratch their heads and wonder why we’re giving money away,” Keiser says. “But if you are doing conservation with strong community support, there are no politics. Everyone is in favour.” Keiser recounts something he read from legendary industrialist Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest Americans in the late 19th century.

“Carnegie said, ‘There are three things you can do with your money,’” Keiser recalls. “‘Leave it with your kids, and they will squander it. You can leave it to other people, and they’ll squander it too. Or you can give it away yourself and live to see the results.’”


WRCA has extended its support to numerous causes in its eight-year history, but one of the most notable is surely The Washed Ashore Project.

Washed Ashore was created by Bandon artist and educator Angela Haseltine Pozzi (pictured left with Cosmo the Puffin) in the same year as WRCA. Pozzi saw the amount of plastic being washed ashore on the Pacific beaches and determined she could create art out of the garbage that would open people’s eyes to the damage of marine debris.

“Washed Ashore was one of the first organizations to come to us,” says Seeley.

Through Pozzi’s direction, a global audience has learned the story of the damage wrought on the ocean through powerful artistic sculptures. “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea,” was the first art exhibit at the Smithsonian National Zoo, where 17 sculptures were displayed in 2016, sponsored by both Bandon Dunes and WRCA.

“It was the idea of an artist who wanted to clean plastic out of the ocean,” says Seeley. “It has gone from this little idea in Bandon to being at the United Nations, The Smithsonian, and The Shedd Aquarium and is now becoming internationally famous. It is an example of what can be done together.”


It was a bold decision, and designer Bill Coore remembers it well.

“We were walking on the site that would become Bandon Preserve and Mike said, ‘I think we’ll give the proceeds from this project away,’” says Coore. “I remember thinking, ‘That’s going to be quite something.’”

It was a benevolent gesture Keiser would complete, creating the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA) with the proceeds from Bandon Preserve. Working in partnership with local groups, to date around $4-million has been put to work on triple bottom line causes in Bandon and the surrounding area that are beneficial to the environment, the economy, and that have strong support from the community. WRCA has crafted partnerships to support restoration of salmon habitat, fought against the challenges of the gorse that is ever-present in the area, and worked on an innovative conservation project in the Coquille River basin to increase the productivity of agricultural lands. All of this and more from the proceeds of one par-three golf course. In addition to those grant funds, Bandon Dunes also picks up the operating expenses relating to WRCA.

“We meet people with great ideas that don’t have the resources to put those ideas into play,” says WRCA Executive Director Jim Seeley. “The goal is for the betterment of the entire south coast. We’re a small region with a small population and we can really make a difference in the area.”

Based on a three-pronged approach—to undertake projects that have strong community support, are environmentally positive, and economically sustainable—Seeley feels the WRCA is just getting started. “Our goal is to help put good thinking to work to make a difference,” he says. “It is about bringing funding to the table when it is needed.”

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