Bandon Crossings: A fun course lost in the ginormous shadow of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon

The 14th hole at Bandon Crossings drops off an elevated tee to lovely green site protected by a marsh. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
A large bunker grabs right-side misses near the third green at Bandon Crossings. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
It's up and over a hazard to reach the fourth green on the first par 5 at Bandon Crossings. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The fifth hole at Bandon Crossings can play as a 545-yard par 5 to a green below a hazard or a 410-yard par 4 to this green next to an old cattle corral. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The tee shot to the slanted seventh fairway at Bandon Crossings might make you nervous. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The 175-yard ninth hole is probably the easiest par 3 of the five at Bandon Crossings. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
A look from behind reveals the wicked right-to-left slope of the par-3 11th green at Bandon Crossings. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
A lone bunker on either side pinches the narrow green of the 170-yard 17th hole at Bandon Crossings. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
Golfers tee off on the 18th hole, a tricky par 5 at Bandon Crossings. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )

BANDON, Ore. -- A golf trip to the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon coast is an epic bucket-list adventure.

Just minutes away is another pretty cool 6,855-yard course providing an entirely different experience. The resort is all about walking and cliff-top, ocean-front courses made of firm turf, like an Irish or Scottish links.

Bandon Crossings, a stellar first effort from architect Dan Hixson, attracts golfers for its polar opposite approach. Many golfers come simply to enjoy the comforts of taking a cart and putting traditional bentgrass greens. The rolling land through meadow, forest and marsh is also a nice change of pace from the windier, wetter coast. Its trailer for a clubhouse provides a more low-key vibe than the resort, where fancy clubhouses are the norm.


The five par 3s of Bandon Crossings can hang with just about any course. All three on the back nine are singular in their presentation and the shots required to score. The tee shot on the 11th hole must hug the right side of the green, so a ferocious slope can feed it down to the flat spots. The 190-yard 14th hole drops off an elevated tee with a beautiful view of the protruding marsh. Shots to the narrow 17th green must fly high and soft to avoid bunkers on either side.

Several of the par 5s feature a few twists: A hazard almost like a wall in front of the elevated fourth green, a second green on the fifth that turns a difficult 545-yard par 5 into a manageable 410-yard par 4, and an intimidating abyss that dissects the fairway on the 570-yard final hole.

At $100 peak rate for riding, it's the best bargain in Bandon. And it's still walkable, too, if you can't get enough of the ground game.

Mar 21, 2017

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Jason Scott Deegan

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Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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