A little something different this afternoon #acoursecalledamerica #par3 #oregongolf #deadheads
Good morning and Happy Father’s Day all. @bandondunesgolf #acoursecalledamerica #homesoon
It’s a shame more folks making the @bandondunesgolf trip don’t make time for @bandoncrossings Not only is it a blast of a Dan Hixson (Silvies Valley, Wine Valley) design laid naturally over rolling woodland, it’s a nice break if the winds at Bandon are beating you up. Carts also allowed, should your 36 a day feet be aching. It’s the home track of the Bandon loopers, which should tell you something, and I was lucky enough to join three of them this afternoon. My partner Phil rolling that long putter. Careful joining their game as I had not a clue how many bets we had going. And don’t expect any gimmes #grinders #instagolf #golf #acoursecalledamerica
One of the most impressive things @bandondunesgolf to me at least, as a former looper, is the size and efficiency of the caddie program. 350 caddies for the four waking-only courses, managed by an app and shuttle service, and housed in what is easily the swankiest caddie shack in golf. Check out my story above for a look inside...
“I'm married to my best friend and it's fun all the time. We get to travel the world together. We both love golf, so I get to play the golf courses that I see him build, and see incredible sites before he goes out there. There's nothing better than when he's found a new property and he comes home all excited. I'm creative, too, so as he's telling me, it's being painted in my imagination across this piece of land, and then I get to see it being built, and then one day we get to play it, like we are at Gamble Sands today.” — Tara McLay-Kidd, professional golfer and wife of course architect @dmkgolf
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Long haul from Silvies worth it for these views this morning at #pacificdunes @bandondunesgolf #acoursecalledamerica
“What makes a course special? I think a sense of place. A golf course that fits its own environment is what I look for, is what stimulates me on a golf course. Any golf course that does that, to me, is great, and doesn’t have to be a 20 million dollar budget or anything like that or even considered great by certain standards. When you play a course that it fits its place, that’s it.” — Dan Hixson, golf architect, designer of @silviessimplyazing @bandoncrossings @winevalleygolf
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Anyone want to join me at @bandoncrossings Saturday afternoon? Send me a DM. #acoursecalledamerica
Day 2 @silviessimplyamazing and I wish I had five more. Morning with the @goatcaddies on the par three course. They’re hard workers but I think they’re only in it for the peanuts. Afternoon on the big course, which is reversible so played it in the opposite direction from yesterday, with designer Dan Hixson who is a legit stick, former pro playing off +1, he’d win an architects’ open easy.
Played a $5 closeout with him, no shots, and battled back from three down to have a putt on 18 to win. Whiffed it. An absolutely superb golf day. Even though I was playing the same land, felt like an entirely new course. Genius. Yeah, it’s far away, but @silvies_valley_ranch is a golf experience I’d easily throw in my top ten. Go.