Bandon Crossings Course Review
Bandon Crossings is located 10 minutes south of Bandon and 15 from the Bandon Dunes resort. The course is situated on old farmland and was designed by Oregon resident architect Dan Hixon. Its more of a North American style golf course where most holes are tree lined and the game is played more through the air here than along the ground. The course is less windy and easier on the feet than it’s more famous neighbor to the North. Bandon Crossings is unique in the fact that it has five par 5’s and five par 3’s to challenge all level of players. The greens at Bandon Crossings are among the best along the Oregon Coast and you will always have a true putt here. I would recommend a side trip to Bandon Crossings if your visiting Bandon Dunes it’s a welcome change from the links style of golf you’ll find at Bandon Dunes
Hole Descriptions and Pictures
1st Hole 420 yds Par 4
The opening hole at Bandon Crossings is a dogleg left par 4 that gently runs uphill to the green complex. Your drive here must be hit between the fairway bunkers left and right in the landing zone. Your second shot is slight uphill to a green guarded by a couple of bunkers left and behind the green. The putting surface itself in general runs from back to front.
2nd Hole 375 yds Par 4
The second hole is a short hole that is straight away, your drive here must avoid the fairway bunker left and the hazard that runs down the right side in the landing zone. The play here is to lay short of the fairway bunker with a hybrid or take it past the trouble with a driver. Your second shot into the green here is guarded by bunkers left and right. The green surface is round in shape and has some undulation to in various parts of the green.
3rd Hole 420 yds Par 4
Your tee shot on this hole is hit from an elevated fairway down to into a generous fairway. The large bunker down the left side is just past the 150 yd marker. In order to reach the green on the second shot you must carry the bunker on the right side of this green, if your ball lands in this bunker the chances of getting up and down are not that good. The safe shot for those who are able to carry the bunker is to play out to the left of the bunker setting up a pitch into the green. The green surface has some undulation around the edges but the middle of the green is relatively flat.
4th Hole 485 yds Par 5
The first par 5 at Bandon Crossings is a dogleg left hole under 500 yds. Your drive here can be aimed at the last bunker right down the right side of the fairway, the more of the dogleg you can cut off the shorter second shot you will have. The second shot on this hole must be either layed up short of the hazard in front of the hole or for the longer hitters must can be carried over the hazard onto the green. The third shot from the layup area is uphill to a smaller sized green that is narrow in width and slopes from the left side of the green to the right in front and flattens out more towards the back of the green.
5th Hole 545 yds Par 5
The second par 5 on the front nine is all downhill. Your tee shot here is hit slightly downhill into a generous fairway. There is one bunker down the left and right sides that come into play on the drive. Your second shot is again downhill to a fairway that ends around 125yds to the green. Your shot here is to lay up short of the end of the fairway or go for the green which is another 25 ft down the hill. The green area is protected by two bunkers on the right side of the green. The green surface itself is slightly raised and has some undulation to it.
6th Hole 235 yds Par 3
The longest par 3 at Bandon Crossings, the tee shot is elevated above the green and usually plays around 1 club less than the yardage. At over 230 yds to the green its one of the tougher holes to get on the putting surface in regulation. The green has two large bunkers left and right that add to the challenge on this hole, the front of the green is open allowing for run up shots. The green surface itself has some undulation to it and getting it the right spot can make the difference between a par or bogey.
7th Hole 430 yds Par 4
This is a long par 4 off the back tees, your tee shot is played down into a fairway with bunkers on either side of the fairway just past the 150yd stake. Aim your drive down the middle of the fairway here. The second shot into the green is 15 ft uphill to a smallish green guarded on the right side by a bunker, the play here is to use an extra club in order to reach the green. The green surface itself in general runs from back to front starting at the mid green level and has some undulation to it.
8th Hole 455 yds Par 4
This hole is a long dogleg left par 4. Your drive here should be hit to the right of the tree giving you the most room off the tee. The longer hitters can challenge the tree by going over it or around it. Your second shot into the green is wide open in the front and a shot can be run onto the putting surface. The green is surrounded by bunkers left and right of the green that catch balls short right of the green and left of the green. The green surface here is fairly flat with minimal undulation around the green.
9th Hole 175 yds Par 3
We end the front nine with a medium length par 3, the hole plays slightly down hill to a green guarded by a large bunker on the right side of the green. The green surface here has some undulation to it and finding a flat putt here is rare. Keep you ball left of the bunker in order to have the best chance at par.
10th Hole 390 yds Par 4
This hole doglegs to the right around a the side of a hill, your tee shot here is uphill, stay as close to the Madrone tree on the right side of the fairway for a good angle and shorter shot into the green. The bunkers down the left side of the fairway are in play so if your not confident with your driver a 3 wood will do quite well here. Your second shot into the green will most likely be hit from a side hill lie to a green that is over a mound making the hole seem uphill but its more of a flat or slightly downhill. There are two bunkers on this hole on short right and one long left. The green complex itself is narrow in width and winds its way from front left to back right.
11th Hole 195 yds Par 3
This medium length par 3 is a good test from the tee, your tee shot is hit from an elevated tee down the green. The green is angled from front right to back left an is setup for a right handed draw or a lefty fade. There are two bunker here one that protects the left side of the green one back center. Your play here should be at the front wide portion of the green and let the contours of the green move your ball towards the back left corner. The green surface is relatively flat except the front right corner where the slope moves your ball left.
12th Hole 535 yds Par 5
The start of back to back par 5’s here, your drive here is hit to an expansive fairway that runs up hill, there are three bunkers at various progress distances that you must navigate. Your second shot is over the hill and onto the flat of the fairway, the only bunkers here are at the green so you can hit your shot as far as you want to or lay it up to your favorite yardage. The front of the green is wide open and the longer hitters may be able to reach the green. The third shot into the green is very straight forward, there are a couple of bunkers left and right to catch any wayward shots. The green surface is round as has some undulation.
13th Hole 575 yds Par 5
Your tee shot on this par 5 is hit down into a fairway that slopes downward away from the tee making a well placed shot go further. The hole is lined with trees left and right on the tee shot as well as two bunkers down the right side. The second shot is back up hill to the green located at the top of the hill. There is a large bunker 60 yds short of the green on the left side and trees down the right side. Your aim point here is down the middle of the fairway or just short of the bunker on the left giving you a good angle into the green. The green is square in shape and has one bunker on the left side. The surface of the green is sloped in general from back right corner to front left corner.
14th Hole 190 yds Par 3
The tee shot on this par 3 is hit from elevated tee 20ft above the green surface. The area around the green is surrounded by yellow and red hazard stakes left and right so getting around the green here is imperative. The green complex itself is wide in the front portion and narrows in the back. The green surface is elevated here making any shot landing on the sides run off away from the green. As for the putting portion of the green there are small undulations located throughout the green here giving you even more of a challenge.
15th Hole 355 yds Par 4
This is the first of back to back short par 4’s that can be birdied with two good shots. The longer hitters can go for the green here if they want to and with a good short game a birdie is a distinct possibility. The play here is to hit your tee shot over the fairway in the middle of the fairway. There are three bunkers left and right in the landing zone that have to be avoided and finding one of them gives you that awkward bunker distance of 60-70 yds. Your second shot into the green is guarded by bunkers on either side of the green but with a short iron these bunkers shouldn’t be in play the good majority of players. The green surface is flatter on the left side with a bit more undulation on the right side.
16th Hole 325 yds Par 4
This hole is another short hole that you can either go for the green or layup to your favorite yardage. For the longer hitters going for the green stay right of the pin for a better angle, all other players should lay up as close as they can to the right fairway bunkers to their favorite yardage for best chance at hitting the green. The second shot into the green here is tricky, the green is angled 45 degrees from right front to back left and there are two bunkers guarding the entire left side of the green. The play here is to play long of the pin and avoid the bunkers. The green surface here runs gently from back to front with minimal undulation throughout the green.
17th Hole 170 yds Par 3
The last of the par 3’s at Bandon Crossings, your tee shot here is over a small pond to a green guarded by a bunker short of the green and one over the green both on the left side. There is more green to the right of the bunkers than appears from a couple of trees that obstruct the view of the right side. The play here is to take an extra club to carry onto the green, long is better than being short here. The green is very wide and around 20yds long and flat on the left and right side of the green with a swale in the middle.
18th Hole 570 yds Par 5
The final hole is a par 5 that doglegs to the right on the tee shot then over a small ravine and then down hill to the green. Your tee shot here can be played just left of the fairway bunker giving you the shortest shot over the ravine and to the green. The second shot can be played short of the ravine leaving 200yds from the end of the fairway or carried over it. The ravine is about 65 yds long and from the edge of the fairway over the raving is around 135 yds to the green. The line on the second shot over the ravine is just left of the bunker on the right side of the fairway, your shot should kick left down the fairway. The third shot into the green here is guarded by one bunker on the left side of the green and if your shot lands short of the green it should bounce left. The green surface here has some undulation as is in general round in shape.