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The 18 Best Holes at Bandon Dunes

Four golfers played 118 holes at Bandon Dunes and picked their 18 favorites (and their one least favorite)

December 2013
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Bandon Dunes: worst hole

Our Least Favorite Hole: Bandon Trails, No. 14 (Par 4, 325 yards)

The 14th at Bandon Trails is the ultimate letdown. The preceding hole is amazing, then we took a beautiful ride up a steep road to reach this peak where Mike Keiser decided to buy the property. The panoramic view is incredible. We wanted the 14th hole to symbolize Keiser's eureka moment, but it's too gimmicky. Reachable par 4s can be a bit goofy since they need a greater defense (the sixth hole at Pacific Dunes is another reachable par 4 that straddles the line of being too gimmicky), but they shouldn't force a golfer to hit an iron off the tee, then a mid iron into a green that doesn't easily hold long approach shots. There are a handful of great, short par 4s at Bandon Dunes -- including the 16th hole at Bandon Dunes -- that strike a balance between tempting the golfer to go for the green while presenting a hefty, yet reasonable challenge. This one doesn't strike that balance. (Photo by Charlie Kautz.)
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