Ben Crenshaw & Bill Coore
Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designed the third of the three courses at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in 2005. Unlike the club's other two courses, Bandon Trails is not a links, but even though none of the holes is set by the sea, the layout is clever and intriguing, in particular in the way bunkers are deployed. Apart from the 1st and the 18th, the holes are protected from the gusts off the ocean by evergreen groves. As is typical of these designers, generous fairways help to keep balls in bounds. There are no carts permitted here, and the 9th does not loop back home, so be sure to set out with ample refreshments. The attractive clubhouse, a satellite like the one at Pacific Dunes, offers the kind of fare that hungry players crave. Upkeep on the course is consistent with the high standard maintained throughout the resort.