If you were a good boy this year, you should’ve received a little holiday present if your stocking (email) this morning. In addition to the most important invitation you’ll receive all year, I also mentioned the Bandon Dunes trip we’ve been throwing around for February 2017.
Here are the facts:
- We are eyeing the last weekend in February, with 5 full rounds, plus a round on the par 3 course, spread over 4 days.
- Going in February means 50% off the peak rates for both lodging and tee times. And the end of February gives us the most sunlight. This is not going to be a cheap trip and I am not rich, so finding corners to cut is going to be huge for me.
- According to the Farmers’ Almanac, we should have 11 hours of daylight that time of year. And because Bandon is a walking only facility, rounds are likely to take at least 5 hours. With very little wiggle room, securing exact tee times are paramount. Hence, my goal of booking this trip by February 2016.
Look, I know this trip will not be for the faint of heart. I’ve priced out everything and it won’t be Kendallville cheap, however going off peak times make it much more manageable. Considering you’ll be walking 36 holes a day, I don’t see a whole lot of blacking out while we’re there, neither during nor after golf. And while February in the PNW doesn’t sound particularly pleasant for golf, I’ve been told by people who’ve gone this time of year that it’s cool, but nothing to be worried about. There’s obviously the chance of rain/frost, but nothing we didn’t brave at tKOIX. There is a 30 day cancellation policy, so you aren’t locked into anything now (or any time soon to be honest). I just want to get the ball rolling on this trip, before life gets in the way and it’s postponed indefinitely.
So shoot me an email if you are seriously interested. I’d like to start a correspondence with the people there in February. Also let me know if you want to a detailed breakdown of the costs, rest assured I have a spreadsheet put together. And as I’ve said before, this is not for tKO-ers only. If you have friends and/or family that would be interested, let them know as well.
Merry Christmas, dirtbags!