This up and coming community offers a trifecta – world class golf, a perfect ocean setting, and small town charm. It’s Bandon, Oregon, located in the southern third of Oregon’s coast on the Coquille River. This growing town of just over 3,000 is often referred to as Bandon-by-the-Sea, and it is easy to see why. High cliffs go down to gigantic beaches pounded by the Pacific surf. Giant rock formations are laden with sea creatures that have to be seen to be believed. And all of this is a charming small town on the sea.
Bandon has always been a popular tourist destination. Its popularity has soared in recent years due to the presence of six of America’s finest golf courses (Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes run along the Pacific, while Old MacDonald, Bandon Trails, the Punchbowl, and Bandon Preserve are newer offer different experiences). These tremendous golf courses are high above the Pacific with magnificent views of the ocean. The terrain is virtually identical with that of the western coast of Ireland, down to the gorse on the hillsides. The golf is similar to Irish courses like Tralee and Ballybunion. Well-heeled golfers travel the world to play here. The town has other attractions as well. Fishing and nature (storm watching is big here) offer excellent distractions, as does the cute but small downtown. Bandon is located in Coos County. Nearby towns worth looking at include Cannon Beach, Astoria, and Coos Bay.
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