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Old Mac and Trails

Panorama of Old Macdonald

Panorama of Old Macdonald

It seems as though on every Bandon trip I end up playing the Old Macdonald and Trails courses on the same day. It’s a pretty demanding effort: Old Mac is just so expansive with long holes and distances between the tee boxes while trails is the hilliest of the Bandon Dunes tracks. Curiously, Old Mac has become my favorite course here in spite of its difficulty and unique truly links layout. I had my best round ever at Old Mac this morning with an 86. And I was holding my own on Trails –my nemesis course here– until I just wore out and carded triple bogeys on 16 and 18 for a final score of 94.

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Day 2 at Bandon: Bandon Trails

14th Tee; that's the green way back there in the center

After a two-hour frost delay I played the Bandon Trails course this morning.  What a whopper!  The bunkers, rolling fairways and devilish greens present a huge challenge to the casual golfer.  The back nine includes par 3s of 220 and 163 yards along with the infamous 14th hole that drops some 200 feet from tee box to fairway.  And it’s very long walk, some seven to eight miles.  I played bogey golf through 12 holes before fatigue and head winds set in and I struggled to a woeful 102 score.  Here are some photos.

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