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Golf Australia Express : Issue 15
DREAM THE A DOAK CLASSIC IF ONLY YOU COULD... AMERICAN GOLF course architect Tom Doak has some pretty handy tracks to his name. A few of his credits, Cape Kidnappers, Barnbougle Dunes and Ballyneal rank among the best courses in the world. But many believe the piste de resistance of Doak’s design portfolio is Pacific Dunes—one of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort’s four coastal layouts. Opened for play in 2001, Pacific Dunes lies in the grandeur of Oregon’s rugged coastline. Likened to Scotland’s ancient links, the course doesn’t feel like it was built as much as it was discovered. The course is situated on a stunning stretch of sand dunes perched 30 metres above the Pacific Ocean and features a dozen holes that run along the bluff overlooking more than 35 kilometres of sweeping, undisturbed shoreline. Rippling fairways remain just as they were found; natural bunkers line the landscape as they have for centuries and primeval grassy dunes roll to the sea. At just 6065 metres from the tips it’s short enough to give you hope, but rugged enough to test every facet of your game. When the wind blows, precise approach shots are a necessity. Play golf as it was meant to be played—Pacific Dunes quietly awaits you. OTG Pacific Dunes, Oregan, USA