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SUMMER 2018

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The CGA trip is planned for Spring 2019, which gives members plenty of time to plan for playing and staying at Bandon Dunes. We asked longtime Carolinas professional Rick Murphy—a past Caroli- nas PGA Golf Professional of the Year and Teacher of the Year honoree—to tell us about his experiences traveling to Bandon Dunes from his home base in Greensboro, N.C. Here's his advice on what to expect: The Golf Courses Bandon Dunes has four 18-hole golf courses. The original namesake course is a David McLay Kidd design that opened in 1998, and was later joined by Pacific Dunes (Tom Doak), Bandon Trails (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw) and Old Macdonald (Doak and Jim Urbina). Each of these courses is ranked in the top 20 of Golf Digest's Top Places You Can Play, with Pacific Dunes considered one of the top resort courses in the world. All are links-style coastal courses with plentiful ocean views and holes playing along windswept cliffs – except for Bandon Trails, which is set slightly inland and calls to mind the Coore/Cren- shaw design at Dormie Club near Pinehurst. "I have to say that playing those courses is like a religious experience, to be honest with you," Murphy says. "The golf is pure golf, with a great variety of holes. To stand and look over the cliffs at the Pacific Ocean in the middle of a great round of golf is an amazing feeling." Bandon Dunes also has some unique bite-sized golf experiences. Bandon Preserve is a 13-hole par-3 course designed by Coore and Crenshaw that invites golfers to grab their wedges and putter and enjoy amazing views of the ocean, while the Punchbowl is a 2.5-acre putting course with enough hills and thrills for an amusement park. Both are ideal for an extra round at the end of the day—or to settle a bet—or a quick round on the way out of town. The Weather Like the great links courses of the British Isles, weather is part of the game at Bandon Dunes. Wind and rain can come and go unpredictably, which makes preparation and packing an important part of the process for visitors. "When you pack for Bandon Dunes, you have to be ready for everything," Murphy says. "I mean, make sure you have your sunscreen and make sure you have your rain gear. Long sleeves, short sleeves – bring it all. Prepare for 50 degrees and rainy, or 70 degrees and sunny, and you might see both during the same round." In addition to a rain jacket and rain pants, layering pieces are essential. Also, invest in a pair of rain gloves 26 | CAROLINAS GOLF | S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 T R AV E L G olfers in the Carolinas are fortunate to have to some of the top golf destinations in the world within driving distance, with names such as Pinehurst, Kiawah Island, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach all known for the quality and quantity of their golf and hospitality. Yet one of the greatest elements of golf is the thrill of experiencing new places to play, which make the upcoming Carolinas Golf Association trip to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon an exciting opportunity to see a top golf resort on the other side of the country. With four highly ranked 18-hole courses along the Pacific coast, Bandon Dunes is like taking a trip to Scotland or Ireland without needing a passport or driving on the wrong side of the road. All About Bandon Dunes What to know before you go cross-country to one of the world's top golf destinations BY DON JOZWIAK

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