Gone A-Golfin’ (With The Paws)! Face Rock Golf, Bandon, OR
If you’ve been following the blog for a while you know we’re nutters for our paws. Pretty much all our decisions, from choosing a Class A when we first started RVing to where we stay and where we workamp are all made in deference to our furry friends. We consider this a privilege rather than a sacrifice and love seeking out interesting and new activities to do with our animals. Our paws are our family, they’re an integral part of our RV experience and we’d never exchange them for anything.
But they do…sometimes…put a bit of a damper on things.
One of the few non-paws activities that Paul enjoys is golfing. I’m not much of a golfer myself having the hand-to-eye coordination of a puffer fish combined with the patience of a ground squirrel (yes, I’m quite the special package). And since Paul can’t bring pooch he really doesn’t golf nearly as much as he’d like. It’s a dilemma for sure, but his eternal optimism has ensured he’s carried around his golf glubs for over 4 years waiting for the opportunity to persuade an RV neighbor to play or….as it so happens…for a golf course that allows dogs.
It’s a long-shot I know, but since Bandon has just about everything else, wouldn’t you expect that THIS would be the spot the entire dream comes together?
As it turns out Bandon is actually a bit of a golfing mecca. It boasts a world-class, fabulously high-end resort (Bandon Dunes) just north of town, a smaller resort (Bandon Crossings) just south of town and an old-style 9-hole links course (Bandon Face Rock Golf) right splat in the middle by the beach. But the best and absolute coolest bonus of it all is that Face Rock allows dogs on the course. The story goes it was owned by another couple for many years who had an on-site doggie that pretty much became their mascot. Given the popularity of the little guy they decided to open the entire course to paws, and it’s remained that way ever since even through a change of ownership.
We discovered Bandon Face Rock Golf (originally called Old Bandon Golf Links) last year right after Paul did in his back. It was quite possibly one of his biggest disappointments that he did not get to play that summer with Polly. As men will do he whined and pined about it for months on end (honestly, it’s a good thing guys don’t get PMS). So, when we came back this year AND we discovered Alex loves golfing too we decided to combine all of us together for a family outing to the course.
All I can say is what a TOTAL BLAST!!!!
We arrived at the course on a lovely Monday morning with just a small whisk of wind, spectacular sunshine all around and 9 gorgeous holes of green golf with nary a person in site. For a mere $18 for Paul, $15 for Alex and ZERO for me and doggie we engaged with several hours of excellent fun on the course. I amused myself with photography and munching on wild blackberries (which are everywhere along the course) while doggie studied the ball (and did a few crazy runs) and Alex & Paul played (rather beautifully I might add) through the 9 holes. It was a gorgeous course too with lots of shade trees, a pretty meandering river and plenty of interesting curves and bunkers. A totally excellent day on the greens and one we’ll repeat in the very near future. Who knows, at this rate I might even become a golf lover…and pooch will too!