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I've been to Bandon Dunes the last two Thanksgivings and plan on going back this year. We've had incredible weather and I'm hoping for more of the same. 2008 was sunny, no wind, and 60 degrees for 4 days. 2009 had heavy rain on Thanksgiving day, windy with some sprinkles on Friday, and sunny/warm/light winds on the weekend. Definitely play all 4 courses. Even in November, it is possible to get in 36 holes a day. You just need one of the first tee times of the...
Great Courses, but the drive from Bandon to Eastern Washington is the flaw in your plan. Spend more time at Bandon. You won't regret it. Save Palouse Ridge and Prospector (plus Apple Tree, Wine Valley, Coeur D'Alene, and Circling Raven) for another trip.
Desert Willow (Firecliff) is one of the better courses in the area. I thought Shadow Ridge was an average resort course...not worth their high green fees. Three of my favorite courses in the area are: La Quinta (Mountain) Indian Wells (Celebrity) Desert Dunes For reviews on these, and other Palm Springs courses, check out http://palmsprings.twoguyswhogolf.com/reviews/
1. Join the Northern California Golf Association (http://www.ncga.org/ncga-services/join/?from=hometop). If you belong to a golf club in your home state, you can get the "Association Membership" for $60. Pasatiempo, Pebble, Spy Glass, and Spanish Bay all have NCGA discounts and you will easily save the $60...probably on your first round. See the Special Offers and Member Advantage pages on the NCGA.org website for more information on the discounts. 2. Get a Caddy...
First, join the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) if you're not already a member. You can become an "Associate" member for $25 if you belong to a participating club in your home state. This will give you great discounts at courses in the area. For more info, see http://www.ncga.org/about-ncga/member-benefits/ Poppy Hills is the NCGA home course, so you'll get a nice discount there. Pasatiempo, Spyglass, Spanish Bay, and Half Moon Bay Golf Links all had...
I spent last Thanksgiving weekend at Bandon Dunes. The weather was absolutely perfect everyday - 60+ degrees, sunny, and no wind. Even with typical November/December days, it's a great time of year to go. The greens fees are 1/3 the summer price and the course is still in great shape.
Assume it will take at least 5 hours for your round. I've played Chambers 8 or 9 times now and I've never gotten out of there in less. I also recommend you practice putting for at least 20 minutes before your tee time. The greens can be incredibly slow and it takes a while to get used to them.
Bend, Oregon (and surrounding area) Sunriver (Crosswater, Meadows, Woodlands) Aspen Lakes Widgi Creek Lost Tracks Tetherow Black Butte (Big Meadow, Glaze Meadow) Eagle Crest (Resort, Ridge)
It all depends how far you want to travel. In my opinion, the best courses in the area are across Puget Sound or south by Tacoma: Kitsap PenisulaGold Mountain - Bremerton Two courses. Olympic is the jewel. Cascade is fun. Highly recommend the Monday/Tuesday "Play-all-day" special Trophy Lake - Port Orchard Beautiful, challenging course McCormick Woods - Port Orchard Well reviewed, nice course Whitehorse - Kingston Extremely challenging, often...
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