Old Macdonald Review

Old Macdonald: #7Old Macdonald in Bandon

57744 Round Lake Rd.
Bandon, Oregon 97411
Coos County

January 16th, 2011 20:15


First Name Bryan
Last Name Plumley
Handicap 20

Course Review and Comments

For those who are fans of the first three courses, they will find plenty of new stufff to love here. Where the Trails Course (a really great track on its own) moves into the trees, Old Mac sits in the linksland among the dunes and uses them to great advantage for green placement, strategy and drama.

For example: on the 3rd hole my foursome sat staring blankly from the tee box until the caddy instructed us to turn around and hit our drives blindly over a 35' tall dune that looked more like a wall.

The greens are the stars here however. They are huge, complex and varried with everything from a redan inspired par 3 to a "road" hole complete with the pot bunker. Bogey golfers like me will find it playable, though far from easy and scratch golfers will enjoy solving the puzzle of how to get into a position to attack.

The hazards at Old Mack are of the stealth variety. You will loose few balls to hazards like gorse or water but at the same time, if you are out of position, even 20 yards from the green, par will be impossible.

The feel of the course is much more austere than the others. It is brown and open with bare areas off the fairways covered in red sandy clay.

The unique part however, was that when we were done playing, it was the course that everyone in the group wanted to try again. This was not because of its beauty, but because it looks so much easier than it plays. It just begs you to try and beat it, but when we looked at our cards we knew we had been suckered, and wanted revenge.


Date course was played Thursday 13th of January 2011
Price paid for golf 75
Price comments
Course Design Rating
Course Design Comments This a unique course: open and natural with the exception of the greens and tee boxes one might immagine they found it like this.
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Rating
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Comments The course is still new and the grasses (especially on the greens) seemed like they hadn't quite grown in. The greens are much slower than at the other courses.
Course Service Rating
Course Service Comments The staff goes above and beyond without ever seeming forced.
Course Facilities Rating
Course Facilities Comments Rustic and charming, but definitely not for the non-golfer.
Course Overall Rating
Play Again Yes
Recommend Yes

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