Top 10 U.S. golf resort for women: Bandon Dunes

Image of Robin Ree at Bandon Dunes

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It’s all about the golf at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, located 35 minutes from North Bend Airport and four hours from Portland.

Amid the breathtaking scenery of the Oregon Coast is this Disneyland for golfers, which was built with the male buddy trip in mind. Bandon Dunes has four 18-hole courses, a 13-hole par-3 course, an 18-hole putting course and, alongside a gigantic practice complex, the nine-hole par-3 course, Shorty’s. The rooms and dining are so male-centric that one of our Top 10 U.S. Golf Resorts for Women 2015 panelists prefers to stay nearby at A Bandon Inn – but, with exquisite courses that set up well for women, gal pals who cannot get enough golf long to pay a visit.

TEES RATED FOR WOMEN: Bandon Dunes – Gold 5,716/74.7/133; Orange 5,072/72.4/128; Royal Blue 3,945/64.9/109. Bandon Trails – Green 6,247/77.6/138; Gold 5,751/74.6/132; Orange 5,100/70.8,122; Royal Blue 3,827/63.8/105. Old MacDonald – Green 6,320/77.7/136; Gold 5,658/73.9/129; Orange 4,985/70.4/118; Royal Blue 4,258/66.4/108. Pacific Dunes – Green 6,142/76.3/143; Gold 5,775/ 74.2/138; Orange 5,088; 69.8/128.

AMENITIES: Massage center, sauna, whirlpool and small fitness center. Four restaurants, a lounge, and a cigar bar. Great caddie program. Nice hiking, for those who have energy to burn after walking 18. Fun 18-hole Punchbowl putting course is free for resort guests. Players must walk and many play 36, so it’s too bad there’s no spa.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: May through October, although weather can be dastardly or glorious any time of year.

2-2-2 COST* (AS OF MAY 1, 2015):  $1,800.

*Approximate cost of two nights and two rounds of golf each for two guests
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