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This view of the Par 3, 1st hole of the Bandon Preserve course informs the player that this is a real professionally designed golf course not a pitch and putt par 3 course. A glimpse of the ocean is apparent but nothing compared to what lies ahead. The green is deceptive in its length and a long first putt is common when going to long. The small pot bunker in the front is in play more often than you would think especially with a front pin. This hole appears intimate in its surroundings but this notion of intimacy will be dispelled upon reaching the 2nd tee. Bandon Preserve is the fifth course of the acclaimed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, Oregon. The course opened in 2012. Architects – Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw with assistance by David Zinkand.

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