If you’ve been toying with the idea of taking a Bandon Dunes Golf Vacation, do yourself a favor and make your reservations sooner rather than later.
Why? Because Golf in the Kingdom recently finished filming there, and when the movie comes out next year, every golfer not already familiar with Bandon Dunes is going to see what we’ve been saying for years: that the only thing keeping these three (soon to be four) courses from being authentic Irish/Scottish links is that they’re located in a little town on the southern coast of Oregon.
As you may know, Michael Murphy’s 1972 book, Golf in the Kingdom has become a classic among golfers. The tale, which delves into the mystical and metaphysical, takes place on a golf course in Scotland, and the movie’s producers correctly determined that the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort would represent the “auld sod” nicely.
Before the economy soured, the only way to secure Bandon Dunes golf vacation reservations was to make them far in advance. With signs that markets may be beginning to stabilize, the opening of the aforementioned fourth course (Old MacDonald), and now the movie, my guess is that things are going to tighten up again.
Of course, if you’re thinking about visiting, the first, and smartest, thing to do would be to read our guidebook, Planning the Ultimate Bandon Dunes Golf Vacation. It’s a quick read, but it covers everything you need to know, including the best way to get to this remote resort; the ideal times to go for the best weather and fewest crowds; the best options for accommodations and dining (on and off-site); exclusive interviews with the golf course architects…even insider info on the secret par-3 and Sheep Ranch courses, which few people even know exist.
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