Re: Visit to Bandon Dunes
i was just out there last month for two nights, three rounds (one on each of the courses there).
most of the resort is pretty straightforward and I can't really think of too many suggestions for what you'll do once you're there. if you find yourself in the town of bandon (about a 5 minute drive away), check out the Wheelhouse Restaurant and Crow's Nest
for dinner and a few drinks. The owners are great to talk to (though with a crew of 15 you probably won't be looking for smalltalk as I ventured there as a single), and they have some great Oregon microbrews and Pacific Northwest wines on the menu.
I walked over to Lloyd's Bar because I had read about it on a few web sites and the book (Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes), but it wasn't anything special. Again, with 15 people taking up the back corner I'm sure it could be fun, but saddling up to the bar wasn't really worth it.
Regarding the golf, don't ever say "nice shot" to your playing partners until the ball arrives at a dead stop and you're positive it won't move again. I saw a ton of shots that started out terrible that finished next to the cup and vice versa.
Check out the Flickr link in my signature if you want to see some of the photos from the courses. Weather was completely different in the two playing days (70 and sunny one day, 50 and mild rain the next).
Enjoy the trip--it's a fantastic place to play golf and get away from everything else.