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News // At Bandon Dunes, the experience doesn’t end on the 18th hole (golfweek.usatoday.com)

News // At Bandon Dunes, the experience doesn’t end on the 18th hole

Some of the earliest visitors to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort 20 years ago might recall receiving a 25-second wake-up call that teased them with images of the joys they would experience in the coming hours as they carved shots through and across windswept dunes set hard against the Pacific coastline. The lyrical Scottish voice on the recording assured guests that they were about to experience “Golf as it was truly meant to be.”

That wasn’t marketing hype. Bandon Dunes founder Mike Keiser assigned the wake-up recording to his architect, David McLay Kidd. Keiser, who reveres the great links of the United Kingdom and Ireland, sometimes has joked that he hired the then-unknown Kidd because he loved his Scottish brogue. Kidd, in turn, said he was “particularly passionate about that line” because it captured the vision he and Keiser shared for the property. (That line still defines the Bandon experience, though the resort shortened it to “Golf as it was meant to be.”)

“Even…

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