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Quote from: Bob_Garvelink on December 07, 2022, 09:44:40 AMBandon Dunes was an amazing course and I will never forget the first time I played #4 and saw the reveal. I feel that #16 is the most visually stunning hole at the resort and I cannot understand how anyone could argue that BD is overrated.Okay, just to be Devil's Advocate, I"ll be that guy.Here's the argument: this thread is now 4 1/2 pages long and there are only two or three holes that anyone has singled out as being great holes. And even on those two, just above, you only mentioned the visuals of them, instead of whether they were really great holes to play.I don't have any question that lots of people love the course . . . it is a great setting for golf, and all of the courses at Bandon get a lot of extra points for that. But if great courses are full of great holes, and everybody keeps coming back to the same two or three holes, is it really that great?And if fans of the course now fall back and tell us what a great hole the 5th is or the 11th or whatever, at least then we could talk about whether it's a great course instead of the popularity contest.
Bandon Dunes was an amazing course and I will never forget the first time I played #4 and saw the reveal. I feel that #16 is the most visually stunning hole at the resort and I cannot understand how anyone could argue that BD is overrated.
I would say that it's not overrated being in the top 50 in the US, even though I don't think it's one of the top two courses at the resort. And that's because while I think it has a few more negatives than either Pacific Dunes or Bandon Trails, its positives are about as strong as theirs.Let's start with the weaknesses: the routing and some of the holes on the front nine. The walks from 1-2 (left tee), 3-4, and 6-7 are all longer than you'd want. The 6-7 walk is especially irritating because the 7th tee is next to the 5th green. And I wasn't a big fan of 2 (from the left tee; I might like it more from the right), 7, or especially 9. Except for a few bunkers in the middle of the fairway, 9, with its mounds up both sides and flattish fairway, reminded me of something from a high-end public course in metro Detroit.But these walks are at most 150 yards and none of those is a bad hole. And the strengths are so strong. The back nine is as good as any on the property. There are a bunch of very good to great holes including 4-6, 10, 12, 14-17. And I thought that there was a lot of variety in the green complexes. Some were narrower, some were broader. Some had heavy interior contour, others not so much. And I really liked the surroundings of the greens. There's a lot of severity around these greens but unlike some new courses, there's always a good place to miss. The 15th hole--which they made a mess of in the US Amateur--is a good example of this. Yes long left and right are dead, but there's plenty of room short and left. You just have to realize it and use it.So while Bandon Dunes might have the most weaknesses of the top 3 or 4 courses at Bandon (not counting Sheep Ranch, which I think is clearly inferior to the others), it has many strengths and the strengths are as strong as the other courses. All of that adds up to it probably being rated about right.[/size][/font]
It's perennially rated in the Top100 courses in the World.Both Golf Digest / Golf Magazine have it in their Top50 courses in the USA. It always seems to be rated ahead of the Streamsong and Sand Valley group of courses.Is the original course at Bandon overrated? Why? Why not? What's so good / not so good about it?