Mike Keiser did it again. In 2013 he added one more piece of priceless frivolity to what already has to be the complete golf destination in the world. Tom Doak designed the ultimate putting playground called Punchbowl at Bandon Dunes.
It has quickly become one of the most popular tickets at the resort, delighting folks of all ages in a kind of DIY-no classroom walls putting experience.
This ginormous putting surface (total acreage undisclosed) sits just off the veranda of the Pacific Dunes Grill overlooking the great western pond with 18 holes sprawling across rigorous seaside terrain characteristic of the rest of the resort.
Inspired by the Himalayas green at St. Andrews Doak created this with a bit more drastic topography. From the moguls on the big plateau at the north end around the large tree in the middle to the deep bowl on the south end there is an elevation change of as much as 20 feet.
This is a full service putting entertainment facility. Open from 2 pm until dusk (they probably need six hours in the morning to cut this small piece of paradise), there are 100-foot roller coaster putts, Daytona doglegs, and ridiculous topographical transitions that will challenge the most creative mind.
As you would expect at Bandon, there is a beverage cart close at hand to wet your whistle or simply calm the putting jitters as required. Drink holders next to every tee and hole location and a course routing that can change every day.
Perfect for resolving unsettled wagers from the morning walk, a little fraternal fun with your compadres, or some serious work on the lag putts with the new saw grip.
Punchbowl is a necessary add to every Bandon Dunes itinerary. Once again Mike Keiser proves that he knows what we want even if we cannot tell him what it is.