Bandon Dunes to Add another Course

Though it won't be regulation-length, or even a par-3 equivalent to the much-heralded, 13-hole Bandon Preserve par-3 layout that debuted in 2012, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort will be adding another playground for visiting golfers.

The next addition to owner Mike Keiser's burgeoning resort on Oregon's southern Pacific coast will be a natural-turf putting course.

According to reports, the new short layout will be co-designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina, the two architects who oversaw the creation of Bandon's fourth course, Old Macdonald. Doak was responsible for Pacific Dunes, the second layout at the resort that has been lauded by various publications as the best public course in the U.S.

After Old Macdonald opened, Doak and Urbina had an amicable separation from Doak's Renaissance Golf Design, with Urbina forming his own golf design firm.

The proposed site for the putting course is just west of Pacific Dunes' clubhouse. It will occupy property that will exceed 100,000 square feet, and may include three 18-hole routings, with two open on a daily basis. It's also possible that the new short track will have lights to allow nighttime play.

The timeline is uncertain, but if all goes well with the design work and construction, the new all-fescue putting course could open at the end of 2013 or in early 2014.