Four days and 103 holes later — Bandon Dunes Resort is going into the World’s Best Golf Destinations Hall of Fame. Like a state record largemouth bass, Bandon is a trophy we’ll display proudly, and we’re more than happy to talk your ear off about it. The practical golfer might suggest a light schedule of 18 holes a day with loads of scheduled rest, but that’s not our style. We’re ravenous and powerless to new golf courses. We bolted up in the Golf Vette from Sacramento with Sequoia stops, Pacific Ocean sightseeing and Crescent City, California fresh fish. It was 10 or 11 hours in the car, but we made our 7 p.m. tee time on Bandon Preserve, the 13-hole par three short course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
There aren’t golf carts at Bandon so bring comfy shoes, bathe in sunscreen and apply chapstick, but our key advice is to indulge without restraint — particularly on the first trip. Push the limits of your golf consumption and play 13 in the evening on arrival, 36 on day two, 36 on day three and play the final 18 on day four.
From Bandon Dunes Resort in Bandon, Oregon, the Little Red Corvette American Golf Road Trip roared east about four hours for Bend, Oregon and the beautiful Tetherow Resort. From the 18th tee at Tetherow — here’s Editor Elvis Anderson and Publisher Andrew Wood talking Bandon.