This September, we took 24 avid golfers from Denver to Bandon Dunes, Oregon, for an incredible golf getaway. Bandon Dunes features four true links courses, built into Oregon’s spectacular rugged coastline with breathtaking ocean views from almost every hole.
Friday morning, our golfers arrived at a private airport near Denver about 30 minutes before departure. As they pulled up to the curb, our staff greeted them and unloaded their bags. Our guests then parked nearby – no long traverses across a sprawling airport parking lot! As they entered the terminal, each was given a surprise gift – a copy of “Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes, Revised and Expanded” by Stephen Goodwin, personalized for each and signed by the author.
Instead of the usual wait to check in, clear security, trek to the gate, and then wait to board as they would have at most large commercial airports, guests were greeted by our flight attendant at the terminal’s entrance and checked in immediately. They mingled inside the comfortable lobby as they helped themselves to coffee and fresh cinnamon rolls.
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As a fun surprise to remind our golfers that Bandon Dunes’ courses were inspired by Scotland’s greatest, a bagpipe player greeted them as they strolled out onto the tarmac. Guests then helped themselves to a buffet breakfast, national newspapers, magazines and a variety of toiletries (in case they left anything at home), all displayed on tables right next to the jet.
We chartered a Dornier 328 jet since it’s a perfect 30-seat aircraft for getting into smaller airports, while having the range for this trip. Guests were greeted with another surprise – placed on each seat was a Bandon Dunes baseball cap! Guests settled in and a few moments later, we were airborne. It was a perfect morning for flying.
Inflight cabin service began and guests enjoyed complimentary fresh coffee, mimosas, bloody marys and screwdrivers. Our nonstop flight landed at a private terminal at the North Bend airport. Within seconds, two luxury golf limos pulled up alongside the plane to load our bags, and then we were on the road to Bandon Dunes.
After a beautiful 35-minute drive through Oregon’s lush coastal forest, we arrived at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Resort staff immediately assisted our group and within a few minutes, everyone was checked in and headed to the driving range and putting greens for a warmup. A mere four hours after we left Denver, we were warming up at Bandon!
Guests were introduced to their caddies who would assist them for the duration of the trip. Bandon allows no carts or cart paths in an effort to remain true to its “golf as it was meant to be” mantra. As a result, golfers enjoyed unspoiled, pristine natural elements with superb caddie service. Guests picked up a freshly prepared boxed lunch and then began teeing off at Bandon Trails.
Bandon Trails is a particularly stunning course because it starts with sweeping, elevated views of the entire resort, then winds through the coastal forest, and finishes in the dunes. Near the end of this first round, Bandon’s infamous blustery winds made their first appearance, adding to the challenge of this already difficult course. The day ended at McKee’s Pub, where we dined together and recounted the exhilarating day. Everyone retired to the comfort of their Chrome Lake rooms, which included fireplaces and views.
Saturday morning greeted us with sunshine on Bandon’s newest course, Old Macdonald. This course features enormous greens, so the caddies warned everyone that 3-putts are a frequent occurrence. After a delightful morning of exploring Old Macdonald’s amazing 18 holes, our guests headed to the clubhouse for a quick lunch before tackling the original course, Bandon Dunes. As our group teed off, the Pacific Northwest’s swirling coastal fog rolled in, creating a beautiful backdrop for the course. The last foursome finished Bandon Dunes just before twilight. Everyone gathered in the clubhouse for drinks and dinner at the award-winning Gallery restaurant and enjoyed topnotch service, excellent food, wine and gorgeous views.
Sunday morning, the group played Pacific Dunes, the top-rated public course in the U.S. As our golfers navigated yet another of Bandon’s challenging courses, they also took in splendid views from the cliffs perched above the ocean. After a fourth round of unbelievable golf, we boarded the luxury limos for the return trip home.
We quickly and seamlessly checked in, boarded the jet and relaxed with dinner and cocktails as the sun set from 33,000 feet. Upon arrival in Denver, our guests were in their cars on their way home a few minutes after we landed.
What an unforgettable weekend of four rounds of fabulous golf, a spectacular resort, excellent food and wine, and hassle-free travel - made possible only with a private chartered jet and NextGreatTrip’s first-class service. Traveling with us, our guests were able to fit it all into a three-day weekend, which would have been nearly impossible to do with a commercial flight!
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