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Round 1

There is something about the sparkle of Stillwater Cove on a sunny day, the constant roar and tumble of the sea (at Pacific Dunes, it’s there, but never quite in your face), and the knowledge...

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Round 18

Should all this comparing and contrasting have you primed for an on-site tour of your own, you’ll need to consider a few logistical particulars. First, ease of access is a point in favor of Pebble.

Second,...

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Round 17

Granted, it’s a van ride away, but hey, so is Pebble’s—and only one of them is worth the trip.


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Round 16

If you’re going on a trip with your wife, Pebble isn’t ahead of just Bandon Dunes; it’s ahead of the world.


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Round 14

Ironically, although Bandon Dunes Resort prides itself on being a walking-only resort, some of Pacific’s paths are both circuitous and downright treacherous, especially when wet. At Pebble, nearly all the tees are within a pitch...

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Round 13

David McLay Kidd’s design at Bandon Dunes is every bit as impressive as Pacific, and yet entirely different—flattish, Scottish, along-the-ground golf as opposed to the more dramatic, Irish-bluffs look of Pacific. In any case, it...

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Round 12

The layout offers room to swing from the heels, options into the greens, few onerous carries, and unless you hit a ball into the surf, you’re unlikely to lose it. Pacific’s steep slopes, blowout bunkers,...

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Round 11

The resort’s slogan is “golf as it was meant to be,” and everyone involved works hard to make good on that promise. Best example: At each place, I played with the director of golf. My...

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