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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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Round 7

The broad fairways allow big dogs to eat, and the par 5s average barely 530 yards. Not until the 8th hole will a long knocker approach a green with more than about an 8-iron.


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Round 5

Minimalist Doak moved very little dirt in crafting these holes. The result, as a byproduct of the natural look, is a fair number of hilly lies and greens tucked and propped in places that call...

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Round 4

I didn’t mind the intentionally laissez-faire look of Pacific’s fairways and bunkers—that all goes toward the genuinely linksy feel. But sorry, I do like fast greens, and Pacific is so windy that the greens must...

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Round 3

In season, the green fee for resort guests is $275 less than Pebble, and in the winter, it’s more than $400 less.


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