Bandon Preserve is a thirteen hole par 3 course with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. It is the fifth course of the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. It opened in 2012 and was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and assisted by associate David Zinkand who contributed many of the design details and was responsible for much of the course shaping. Many think there is an underlying reason for the number of holes. But superstition or anything else had no part in the decision. Thirteen just happened to be the number of holes that fit the 22-acre site perfectly. The course is a photographer’s dream with all par 3s. Par 3s provide a close-up focused view of the design of a hole making clear the hazards and opportunities for playing the hole as well as the artistic beauty of the hole. These thirteen holes are true to the links tradition and are equal to the architectural quality of the other seventy-two resort holes.
This course is exceptional as a showcase for environmental sensitivity. It harbors and protects silvery phacelia an endangered plant species of the southern Oregon Coast. In addition to the protection of this delicate plant, this course along with the other four courses of the resort were honored with the 2012 Green Star Environmental Award by Golf Digest. All profits from the course’s green fees go to the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA) a conservation, community and economic development organization for the southern Oregon Coast.
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