It’s an event unlike any in the golf world. By Daniel Fallon
Bandon Dunes, a remarkable golf resort on the rugged Oregon coastline, hosts its summer solstice tournament on or around the longest day of the year. If you enjoy your golf and want to test your endurance, mark 19 June 2018 on the calendar. You’ll play four of the world’s top links courses in one day, walk 41.5 kilometres on carpet-like fairways and pristine greens and enjoy some of the most stunning scenery in the north-west United States.
The 72 holes include a dozen laid out along a bluff overlooking golden beaches and waves rolling in from the ocean. You’ll play on the magnificent Pacific Dunes (ranked the second- best public course in the US by Golf Digest) and Bandon Dunes. The Old Macdonald course will see you playing through dune land and towards the coast, while Bandon Trails is laid out through upland forest.
No matter how many shots the “longest day of play” takes you, you’re sure to have a healthy appetite for Grandma’s Meatloaf, a specialty at McKee’s Pub, one of the resort’s six restaurants.
While tournament spots are difficult to book (there’s a waiting list), it’s possible to play your own golf marathon. The first round is full price, the second round is half price, the third round is free and the resort will pay you $US100 ($127) if you complete all four courses in one day. Think of the bragging rights.