Ultimate Golf Road Trip: Going Coastal
They say the Masters doesn’t really start intil the leaders make the turn to the back nine. I have the same feeling about the drive to Bandon, not until you leave the two lane ribbon of I-5 and meander your way by rivers, valleys and coastal towns does your drive begin.
We rolled into Bandon with plenty of light to wander around town. We would spend the night at the Bandon Inn, a great little hotel overlooking the harbor. We checked in and it was cocktail time! My favorite watering spot in Bandon is the Crows Nest at the Wheelhouse Restaurant. You walk up the stairs to this picturesque lounge overlooking the harbor. We filled the three-stool bar and had clams, calamari and beer. We followed that with dinner at Embers, a new entry in the restaurant scene at the south end of town. The beer was cold and the
fish and chips were hot. Our night was done.
We were informed that we were one of only two foursomes playing the course that day, the other being Mr Kaiser, the owner. Wow!
One word to describe this course…LARGE. The course is an homage to the work of CB Macdonald. The course was designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina and has become and instant classic.
By the time we hit our tee balls on the seventh hole named “Ocean” the magic got kicked up a notch. As we walked the steep enbankment, the mist lifted, looking down to the rising steam off the turf we realized for the first time we were the only golfers on the course.
After that moment we were mesmerized by our sorroundings and how lucky we were. It did not hurt we were all playing well. On the eighteen hole, I missed a par putt for a 79, but the smile was broad.
Game, set and match a great day of golf!
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