GOLF magazine has now confirmed what others have believed for years, ranking Bandon Crossings Golf Course in the top 100 courses you can play in the United States for under $ 150.
Oregon has two golf courses named in GOLF Magazine’s latest Top 100 list, both on the Oregon coast: Bandon Crossings Golf Course at number 61 and Gearhart Golf Links at number 98. Both courses have clearly temperate marine climates but have a little less wind because they are not directly on the ocean.
Bandon Crossings was designed and built as a more cost effective alternative to Bandon Dunes in the Bandon area, which opened in 2007. That year, GOLF Magazine included it in its list of the top 10 new courses in the United States. followed, with recommendations from Links Magazine, Matt Ginella, the Oregonian, Golfweek, the PGA Travel Guide and many more.
Bandon Crossings is considered a moorland golf course. If you don’t know what it is, you are not alone in the United States, although that is a common designation in the United Kingdom. For building purposes, the moor is a course that is built on sand and generally has milder weather than those directly on the ocean.
For better or worse, it is also an excellent environment for gorse, a particularly thorny weed introduced to Bandon from Ireland in the 1890s. The sandy soil also allows for very good playing conditions in winter, which is important because most of the coast receives about 60 inches of rain each winter.
Dan Hixson is the architect of not only Bandon Crossings but also two other top 100 courses you can play in the United States. These courses are the Silvies Valley Ranch located near Burns and Wine Valley near Walla Walla, Washington. These also did not qualify for this list as they are slightly above the $ 150 threshold.
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Bandon Crossings brings gaming to the general public with strong local following and an increase in return visits from out of town guests. Being slightly inland offers better weather and scenic forests as well as unobstructed views. It is the only Bandon course to offer the possibility of riding in a cart.
Rex Smith of Eugene, avowed golf enthusiast, and his wife Carla Smith, were behind the founding of Bandon Crossings. Their vision was to provide a fun and golf friendly course with electric carts and moderate prices to complement the offerings of the world famous courses at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, just 10 miles north.