Thursday, May 19, 2011

Old Macdonald - E-I-E-I-O;-)!!

Well - the last two days have been sheer bliss - in totally opposite directions!!

Magic was moved back to the coastal area, where we found a wonderful Oregon State Park - Bullards Beach State Park - with full hook-ups, large spaces and almost the whole park to ourselves! (Only downfall was the mosquito population, which pretty much kept us inside instead of at the campfire making s’mores.)

The view from our living room at our parking spot in Bandon, OR.

One whole day was devoted to - NOTHING. Slept late, got massages and manicures, read books, watched a basketball playoff game and played Rummikub. A perfectly delightful day.

AND, we needed it as Wednesday the Old Macdonald Course at Bandon Dunes was on the schedule. For those who aren’t familiar with the Bandon Dunes courses - there are four courses (we previously played three of the four - so, only splurged on the newest - Old Macdonald) designed in the style of the links courses at St. Andrews and right on the ocean - so lots of wind, and often a lot of fog or rain! They are also walking ONLY with a caddie. Oh yes - three of the four courses are ranked in the top five courses to play in the US - Old Macdonald is ranked number 5;-)

We had the most glorious day in terms of weather - some wind BUT NO rain or fog. Just beautiful blue sky with clouds passing by periodically. AND, more glorious - we had the entire course to ourselves!! Seriously, there was one other 4-some we saw once or twice. This course is visually stunning - especially as you walk up a sand dune from the men’s tee at the third hole (the men have a blind shot up and over the dune) to the women’s tee at the top of the dune. The whole rest of the course and the ocean open up before you! Unbelievably beautiful!!!! Even though we have a talented photographer traveling with us - the pictures do not do justice to the views - or our day -

You have a view of almost the entire golf course from the 3rd tee.

Loved the course.. lot's of fun to play.

The course was ringed by gorse which were in their full, yellow bloom.

There were great ocean views from several holes on the golf course.

This bunker was one "big mutha"! Note Elizabeth's ball flying safely out of the trap.. it landed on the green, near the hole. GREAT OUT!!

This Old Guy (the TREE not Gary) stands guard over the Old Macdonald golf course at Bandon Dunes.

Time to move on up the road - more later -

Ta Ta For Now- Elizabeth & Gary from Old Mcdonalds

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