Our Favorite #GuestPic Instagram Photos of 2015


When looking back at 2015, there’s no doubt about it, we enjoy all of the shared pictures from our fellow Bandonistas. If you follow our social channels at all, you know we often call out a #GuestPic when we come across a photo that must be shared with our fans.

While it is impossible to highlight everyone who captured a cherished moment at Bandon Dunes, here are 15 of our favorites from this past season.

Keep sharing your moments, checking-in on our social channels, and using hashtags like #BandonDunes, #PacificDunes, #BandonTrails, #OldMacdonald, #BandonPreserve and #ThePunchbowl on your next trip. You might just be the next featured photographer!

15) We LOVE those #LongShadows #BandonTrails


A photo posted by Peabadude Chowdah (@pibbs) on Dec 1, 2015 at 7:45pm PST


14) Puffin's-eye view #BandonDunes #Aerial


A photo posted by JetsetterGolf (@jetsettergolf) on Nov 18, 2015 at 6:39pm PST


13) Bandon Dunes #Caddies always have your back


A photo posted by CreweCup (@crewecup) on Dec 2, 2015 at 8:39am PST


12) Oops, we spilled our polaroids all over this table #PhotoCollage


A photo posted by Eric Malusky (@bigesmallz) on Nov 27, 2015 at 6:19pm PST


11) We never grow tired of seeing smiling faces at #BandonDunes


A photo posted by Bill Hogan (@wideworldofgolf) on Nov 4, 2015 at 5:24am PST


10) Jump for joy at #BandonTrails


A photo posted by Justin (@deezputts) on Oct 10, 2015 at 1:05pm PDT


9) When the phrase #LikeFatherLikeSon is a really good thing


A photo posted by Baby Jammerz (@jcygnusx1) on Oct 12, 2015 at 6:28pm PDT


8) The kind of photo that makes you want to stop what you're doing and head to #BandonPreserve


A photo posted by Eric Zastrow (@photobyeasy) on Nov 23, 2015 at 4:05am PST


7) After walking 18, 36 or 54+ it's time to decompress by the #FirePit and enjoy the #19thHole


A photo posted by Hubrissss (@hubrissss) on Aug 1, 2015 at 9:05pm PDT


6) Ahh, those reflective Bandon #sunsets #BandonPreserve


A photo posted by Sim (@acsimcox) on Sep 18, 2015 at 8:14pm PDT


5) One. Two. Three.... Smile! #EpicSelfie


A photo posted by T r i l l i u m R o s e (@trillgolf) on Aug 20, 2015 at 9:22pm PDT


4) Just a couple of signs that you're on #OldMacdonald 


A photo posted by GolfChops.com (@golfchops) on Oct 20, 2015 at 8:07pm PDT


3) #MakingPutts all day long


A photo posted by @carrforthecourse on Oct 9, 2015 at 3:31pm PDT


2) #Timing is everything! #BandonDunes


A photo posted by Dan Mirocha (@danmirocha) on Feb 20, 2015 at 7:44pm PST


1) The best part of any Instagram photo at Bandon Dunes are the #CapturedMoments you take home, like this one on #OldMacdonald


A photo posted by Colin Tucker (@ctuckgolf) on Jun 22, 2015 at 11:18pm PDT


Feeling inspired? Check out more tresured moments on our very own Instagram account here. You may just see your photo with the hashtag #GuestPic very soon. We look forward to some great photos in 2016! 

Interview with David McLay Kidd


David McLay Kidd is the architect of Bandon Dunes, which opened in 1999 and was the resort’s first course. At the time Mike Keiser hired him, Kidd was an unheralded designer in his 20s. Today he has more than a dozen courses on his résumé. We hope you will enjoy this insightful Q&A with Kidd, the man who brought Bandon Dunes to life. 

(Photo by Larry Lambrecht)

How were you approached by Mr. Keiser about the Bandon Dunes project? 

I was working for a Scottish Company called Gleneagles Golf Developments as their in-house golf architect. Mike is friends with Rick Summers who was also in partnership with this Scottish company. Mike asked Rick who he should hire and Rick told him a Scottish designer. Mike said there aren't any but Rick knew differently and I'm very glad he did. 

What were your thoughts when you saw the site for the first time? 

It sure looks like the west coast of Scotland, and when the wind blows and rain follows it is exactly the same! 

How involved was Mr. Keiser throughout the project?  

Mike was very involved. He was on site every few weeks to approve every piece of the golf course, debating every decision, challenging every suggestion, but with knowledge not ignorance. He is the best and most tasking client I’ve ever had.

When you began the project on site, how did you get started? 

In 1996 the clearing started and I made various visits but wasn't on site full-time for that. The gorse was a real challenge and in the end we had to pull it out by the roots one plant at a time! We started golf construction in 1997 on the bluff edge at No. 12 and worked inland as the weather got more challenging.

How long did the project take, from start to finish? 

We started in August 1997 and worked through until Thanksgiving then took a break until mid-January completing in June 1998 just in time for a group of us to go to the U.S. Open at Olympic Club with Mike. 

Which hole took the least effort to build? 

A few holes could compete for this title but I'd pick No. 11. Everything was there, only the tee and fairway bunkers required any shaping. The green as you see it today was basically there.

Which hole took the MOST effort to build? 

No competition here, No. 5. It had no fairway and the dune to the right was moved back to give a wide fairway. The sand used to plate the fairway at this part of the site had a red clay on top, not sand.

Which hole turned out differently than initially planned? 

All of them! The most notable is probably No. 16, which Mike had agreed would be a dogleg par-4 around a group of trees. Once he left I had a better idea and built what you see now. It was a key moment because if he hadn't liked it I think he would have fired me!

Which hole gets less credit than it deserves? 

When I get credit for the oceanfront holes I always feel a bit like the cockerel taking credit for sunrise. Where I get the greatest joy is where my imagination created a hole that didn't obviously exist and No. 14 is in this group. It has a great natural green site but no obvious tee or fairway. I positioned a number of simple pot bunkers that frame a wide fairway while guarding a tight line. It’s a fun hole that entices the player to be aggressive without risk of disaster.

How much different does the course look and play now versus when it first opened? 

In reality, barely a thing has changed, but often in the eyes of the guests it's all about the gorse. This weed grows about 18-36" every single year and it is a constant battle for the resort to keep it under control. So if a player sees holes freshly cleared and then returns 3 years later and that part of the course hasn't been cleared again he sees a forest. I have players talk to me and complain about the gorse either being removed and ruining the course or having been allowed to grow and ruining the course… it’s amusing, really!

Where did the phrase "Golf as it was meant to be" originate? 

When the resort first opened in 1999 I was at the lodge and the telecoms company wanted Mike to record the wakeup call for guests but he asked me to do it with my Scottish accent. The engineer said you have 20 seconds – no more, no less – so I wrote myself a script and adjusted it to get the timing down to 20 seconds. The final line of the script was "Golf as it was truly meant to be " The script was used as the intro on the course guide and has become the tag line for the resort. Mike has teased me often that I should have trademarked the line!

Why do you think Bandon Dunes is truly golf as it was meant to be? 

Because it’s natural, unabashed, simple, honest, uncontrived, beautiful, adventurous and a thousand other things that man cannot dictate, design or affect.

What elements of Bandon Dunes are quintessential DMK?  

As the first designer on site I got to work with Bruce Johnson and Howard McKee to figure out the master plan of the entire project – the access roads, the clubhouse location… I got to play a part in designing the major parts of Bandon Dunes. I persuaded Mike not to put the clubhouse out on the bluff as it would have meant roads and car parks and all sorts of other 'stuff' on the most valuable land that is pure golf. No. 16 at Bandon Dunes might not have existed had I not fought for the clubhouse location we see today. 

How much did the use of caddies influence your design? 

We had no idea if people would walk, much less if there would be caddies. Many said players would never walk. There were many debates over cart paths and carts! I guess we assumed that caddies would not be as widely available as they actually are and so at Bandon Dunes the strategy is maybe a little more self-explanatory than on the other courses.

What are some elements of the design people may not know about? 

I once had a golf pro tell me he didn't like Bandon Dunes because he hit many great shots that ended up in bunkers. He just didn't understand that the bunkering is defending the aggressive line being attempted by the birdie-chasers. 

What did you learn during the Bandon Dunes project that you have applied to future projects? 

I learned that playability is the key to golf being fun and the key to playability is wide fairways, playable rough and strategy that defends the Tiger line and little else. 

Did you have any idea Bandon Dunes would become such a phenomenon? 

Never! None of us did and if they say they did they're lying. It wasn't Bandon Dunes when I worked on it, but rather a course on the remote Oregon Coast owned by a greeting card guy from Chicago who hired and unknown kid from Scotland. No one could have known or even suspected what would happen next. 

Do you think the success of Bandon Dunes has influenced the future of golf course architecture in America?  

Without a doubt Bandon Dunes has educated the golfing public in America and around the world that natural golf is the purest and best example of the game; everything else is a wannabe. Simplicity and minimalism in every facet of design, construction, maintenance and operations are heralded as a return to a long pastime. 

VIDEO: All Course Videos


Thank you for all the great feedback we've received on our online course videos. We decided to put them all in one place so you can watch them at your leisure. Tell us what your favorite shot is on your favorite course and mention the time code! What could we do better with our course videos? We are listening. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and don't forget to share them with your closest golf buddies. Then come experience Bandon Dunes in real life!

Bandon Dunes


Pacific Dunes


Bandon Trails


Old Macdonald


Bandon Preserve


The Punchbowl

VIDEO: Mastering the Long Putt with Grant Rogers


Grant Rogers, Director of Instruction at Bandon Dunes

It's an adage as old as the game -- the modern game, at least: "Drive for show, putt for dough." It means a round of golf is won or lost while the putter is in your hands.

The short game is arguably the toughest to master. Especially in a links setting, the short game is paramount. It can feel strange at first to approach a green from fifty-plus yards with a putter.

In a continuing series of short videos, Grant Rogers, Director of Instruction at Bandon Dunes demonstrates techniques associated with links golf. Most importantly, he'll help you become a better golfer.

This video is titled, "Mastering the long putt."

Don't be afraid to putt it from off the green. Read the break. Keep trying. You'll get better.


Interview with Tom Doak on Punchbowl, Opening May 2014


Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with golf course architect Tom Doak about his latest project at Bandon Dunes, an 18-hole putting course at Pacific Dunes called The Punchbowl. Situated next to the first tee at Pacific Dunes, behind the newly renovated patio at Pacific Grill, The Punchbowl travels north and south in a crescent, hugging the base of a hill and fans out to the west. From the patio, there is a clear view not just of the putting course, but of the Pacific Ocean.The grand opening for The Punchbowl is May 2014 (UPDATE: opening day video below). 

Did you have any direction from Mike Keiser (owner and founder of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort) about what he wanted for the putting course?
He just said, “Make it really fun for people.”
Aside from Mr. Keiser’s direction, what was your vision for the putting course?
Our goal was to build a stand-alone facility that would be just as fun to play as any of the big courses but on a smaller time scale.
Starting from the redesigned patio at Pacific Grill, walk us through the layout.
There are several different sectors of the green -- a big plateau at the top (north) end with several moguls in it, a shelf along the west side, and a deep bowl on the south end at the bottom of The Punchbowl. From top to bottom I think there is 15-20 feet of elevation change.In anticipation of heavy play, we had to design the green to be played in different configurations each day to spread out the wear, the same way you have to move the flag on a regular green. So, one day the first hole might be played up toward the practice green for Pacific Dunes, to the far right, and the next day you might have a 100-foot downhill roller-coaster putt toward the bowl in the bottom. I’m hoping we can convince David Kidd and Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (architects of Bandon Trails) to draw up their own 18-hole routings for it.
What is your favorite design element of The Punchbowl?
There is a pretty large tree growing on a dune down in the lower section of the green, with the putting surface going all the way around it. It will be a bit of a nuisance for the maintenance guys, but we really wanted to leave the tree.
Do you see the putting course being used for practice, or for fun -- like a round of golf?
It's meant to be as much fun as a round of golf and probably not great for practice because it might undermine your confidence. On an average day you'll face several situations where it's difficult to get down in two putts.You will find every kind of putt you can imagine out there, and probably a few you've never dreamed of. Don't be surprised if there is a dogleg or two, where you want to play a bank shot around the corner.It will be great for playing matches at the end of the day, but also just fun to get out on by oneself and watch the ball take some crazy breaks off the big slopes.

Are design features of The Punchbowl similar to other greens around the world, for instance, the Himalayas at St. Andrews? If so, have you taken those features to another level?
I suppose you could find them if you were looking for them, but generally, The Punchbowl is more severe than any single green on any course. We did mimic some features of the Himalayas green at St. Andrews, particularly a couple of little “volcano” features where there is room for a hole location in a little hollow on top of a smallish dune. I used to putt around the Himalayas a lot when I lived in St. Andrews for two months right after college, and it is certainly the inspiration for The Punchbowl. The Punchbowl is similar in size to the putting course at St. Andrews, so you are likely to face a lot of fairly long putts in playing 18 holes. The main difference is that the Himalayas is pretty level from one end to the other, with a lot of internal dunes, whereas The Punchbowl takes up 20 feet of elevation change from end to end. I don't know that I would say we've taken it to a new level -- the original is really wild, and nobody has ever built a green in the U.S. that was anywhere near as wild as that. Before now, anyway.


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