Pros: Well Manicured Greens and Fairways
Cons: Very Little Food & Beverage Options
Bandon Crossings is an 18 hole par 72 course located on Highway 101 just a few minutes south of Central Bandon, OR.
There are 4 different sets of tees to choose from at Bandon Crossings...
Black Tees - 6855 yards, 74.3/136
Blue Tees - 6270 yards 71.4/127
White Tees - 5780 yards 69.2/123
Red Tees - 5030 yards 70.5/126
Bandon Crossings also has 5-Par 5's and 5-Par 3's which I find a little unusual but welcomed. I like courses that don't follow the traditional mold of 10-4-4. This in my opinion creates better chances to score at the course.
Bandon Crossings which opened in 2007, was created by Rex and Carla Smith with the idea of creating a great golf course in Bandon that was more affordable than some it's competitors. The course itself was designed by Dan Hixson.
$45 Winter (Nov-Mar)
$55 Spring, Fall (Apr,May, Oct)
$75 Summer (Jun-Sep)
A group of us were going to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and the guy in charge of the trip planned a stop at Bandon Crossings the day before we were to play at the Bandon Dunes Resort . I knew the price was $45 for a round and I assumed that it must be just an average golf course to be charging that price. It is safe to say that I wasn't really excited about stopping and playing here considering where we were headed. But since this trip was about golf, the more rounds the better.
When I arrived at the course I immediately noticed how lush and green the practice area and the first tee was. When entering the pro shop I was greeted by the friendly staff at Bandon Crossings. We got a power cart and bag of balls to get loose. The practice area is well taken care of and has plenty of room for 30 or so golfers to hit (just a guess). The practice green was also well-manicured and there was a chipping area and sand bunkers also at the practice green for those wishing to practice those types of shots.
The course at Bandon Crossings forces you to make shots to avoid the bunkers, washes, water, and marshy areas of the course. Perfect example is the Par 5 - 5th hole, which forces you to decide on whether to go for the green in 2 or layup short of the hazard and have a shorter approach shot to the green which is located well below the fairway. The dogleg right Hole 18, which is also a Par 5, is similar to hole 5 in that golfers who can cut the dogleg have a good chance of reaching the green in 2 and forces drives to the left to decide if they want to go for it or layup. Water comes into play on some of the par 3's. The tee shot at the par 3-17th needs a good tee shot to clear the water, and another par 3 (forgot the hole) has water on multiple sides that can swallow any wayward tee shots from the elevated tees.
After playing the course at Bandon Crossings I would rate this course as one of the better golf courses I have played. This course is well designed and the scenery is beautiful. If you're lucky you will get to see a few deer on the course. I felt this course overall was better than the country club I belong to. The reason I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars is because of the value for your money, design of the course, shape the course was in, and the friendliness of staff. My only criticism of the course is that the Pro Shop is on the small side with very limited space to relax after a round. Also there was only food at a turnstand out on the course and not an additional one at the 19th hole where one should be.
Overall I loved playing this course and would recommend it to anyone who is in the Bandon area to stop by this course, it is sure to become one of your favorites. I will definitely play it every time I make it up to the Bandon area.