The Takeaway: Bandon Crossings isn't trying to compete with Bandon Dunes; and it shouldn't. The courses at Bandon Dunes Resort are in a class of their own and represent some of the most special courses on the planet. That being said, Bandon Crossings is a fantastic offering at a fraction of the price. Crossings allows players to ride a cart if they want, enjoy more plush conditions, and have money left over for a nice dinner. While I would probably play each course at Bandon Dunes twice before considering leaving the property, Crossings is a great option to mix up your golf trip. Grade B-
Designer: Dan Hixson in 2007
Cost: $35.00 - $75.00 plus $18 for a cart ($30 for two people) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (541) 347-3232
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Bandon Crossings's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 87530 Dew Valley Lane, Bandon, Oregon 97411
Accolades: Ranked 7th on Golfweek's 2008 Best Public Courses in Oregon list.
What to Expect: Bandon Crossings will always live in the shadow of the grand Bandon Resort found north on Highway 101, but don’t underestimate what Crossings brings to the table for this small coastal town. Found more inland than the links courses found at the resort, Bandon Crossings has a totally different feel than the Bandon Resort courses due to the type of turf (bent and rye grass), stronger elevation changes, and more of a feeling of being in the Pacific Northwest (trees!). The plush conditions are a nice break for your feet if you’ve been golfing 36 holes a day on the firm conditions found at the Resort which conditions also offers an alternative style of play to enjoy as your ball and clubs react differently to the turf. There are more places to lose your ball at Crossings than at the Resort, but the fairways and playing angles are generous and you would rarely, if ever, find yourself frustrated with the layout. There is an excellent variety of hole lengths, shapes, and directions which provides endless variety to this affordable course. Locals will tell you there are no gimmie putts on Hixson’s greens which feature subtle contours that will challenge every skill level at every distance. The clubhouse is quite modest, the patrons down to earth, and the whole setup feels like coming home. One more unique thing about Bandon Crossings is the “North Nine” which allows golfers to play holes 1-5 (selecting the alternative upper green on #5) and then finishing on holes 15-18. This collection of holes are found on the flatter terrain at Crossings creating an easier walk and avoids the toughest holes thus creating a great routing to take the family on. If you find yourself in Bandon, you owe it to yourself to add Crossings to your schedule.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 5th Hole – 545 Yard Par 5
Best Par 3: 11th Hole – 195 Yards
Best Par 4: 3rd Hole – 420 Yards
Best Par 5: 4th Hole – 495 Yards
Birdie Time: 16th Hole – 325 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 7th Hole – 430 Yard Par 4