In photos: Recapping a stormy off-season golf trip to Bandon Dunes Resort



This plaque near the 14th tee of Bandon Trails signals the view that convinced Mike Keiser to build Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the coast of Oregon. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
A look back at the fourth green from the fifth tee at Bandon Trails at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
Here's a look back at the seventh green from the eighth tee on Old MacDonald at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The 10th tee of Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort overlooks the ocean. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
A caddie tends to the pin at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The par-4 13th hole is the last in a string of holes on the ocean on Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
A golfer putts off the 13th tee, a tradition of the par-3 Preserve at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
At 161 yards, the sixth hole on Bandon Dunes is one of the shortest par 3s at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
Wind is a factor on the par-3 12th hole on Bandon Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The 14th hole of Bandon Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort doglegs right into a green set in dunes. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The bunker in front of the 15th green on Bandon Dunes is one of the toughest at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The Sheep Ranch at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is an unofficial course at Bandon Dunes, a collection of 13 greens and some tees and fairways that golfers can "rent" for half a day's worth of play. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
You could easily drive by the gate to unlock the Sheep Ranch at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and not see it. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )

BANDON, Ore. -- Unpredictable spring weather ruined my photography plans at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

But it didn't dampen the golf. Neither wind nor rain, hail or even snow (farther south along the coast) could ruin a mission to play as much golf as possible on my first trip to golf's most popular resort. My foursome still walked 112 holes of golf in five days, playing all four courses at the resort, plus a round at the Preserve, the 13-hole, par-3 course; followed by a tour of the Sheep Ranch, which is on deck to be transformed into Bandon's next 18 by Gil Hanse.

The weather did, however, hamper my chance to get some great photography in a beautiful place. I didn't dare bring my best camera along during my rounds -- something I've been doing for two decades. It was just too wet and the overcast skies didn't allow for much light. There were no glorious sunsets or sunrises.

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Still, I managed to snap some cool golf shots in this photo gallery ... all with my iPhone. You can, too.

Video: Ginella on how to take great golf pictures with your phone


Just remember a couple of tips:

  1. The foreground is your friend. Taking pictures with a golfer or flag or bunker front and center will look better than trying to capture some panoramic backdrop the lens can't convey.
  2. Use a photo editor. I tweaked all my photos with Snapseed, a free app with a filter called 'HDR Scape' filter that enhances clouds and stormy dark skies.
  3. A trip in early March is always a dicey proposition. That's why the green fees are still in winter rates ($135 vs. $275). Just don't let the weather ruin your enjoyment of the rounds or your photos.

    Mar 21, 2017

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    Jason Scott Deegan

    Senior Staff Writer

    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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