For the first time ever, Bandon Dunes will close for two weeks
Simon Zacks enjoyed one of the last rounds at Bandon Dunes
Simon Zacks enjoyed one of the last rounds at Bandon Dunes

Once the last tee times on March 25 go out, Bandon Dunes Resort will close all five courses until April 6. The move follows a March 23 executive order from Oregon Governor Kate Brown ordering Oregonians to stay at home with the usual exceptions for essential trips to grocery stores or health care providers.

The town of Bandon has issued an even stronger order, closing all hotels to "transients" staying less than 30 days due to an influx of visitors from Portland and other areas seeking shelter along the coast. While Bandon Dunes Resort is not subject to the Bandon ordinance due to its location outside of town, they are proceeding with an abundance of caution.

I've been running the AmateurGolf.com Two Man Links Championship for 18 years, with the 19th annual event scheduled for April 23-27. We have not cancelled the event yet, after polling each player by phone individually. Many of them drive to the tournament, and wish to proceed even with a smaller field. The resort has been gracious about offering full refunds for anyone that doesn't want to travel during this crisis.

I'm fortunate to have close contact with Bandon Dunes on a daily basis, as the longest-running continually-held amateur tournament at the resort. For the last two weeks, they have been operating on with new guidelines, closing all restaurants and bars and offering a limited to-go menu for golfers to consume in their rooms.

General Manager Don Crowe told John Gunther of "The World" that golfers were grateful that Bandon was staying open.

"We're hearing positive feedback from guests who are thankful we are open," said Crowe. They appreciate the fact that we have taken such serious precautions to protect them in this situation."

I continue to believe that golf, played with social distancing precautions like not touching the flagstick -- who knew the USGA's new rule would come in handy this way -- is a tremendously beneficial and safe way to keep our sanity during these difficult times. The problem isn't being on the course so much as getting there, especially for those that come to a resort like Bandon Dunes by plane. Not only is the travel portion risky, the potential to spread the virus to other places isn't necessarily prudent.

So I'm sure that Bandon will follow the state and federal government's guidelines and recommendations before re-opening. AmateurGolf.com will be watching closely, and will communicate any changes with our tournament players.

Closing for the first time in 21 years is evidence that Bandon Dunes doesn't take the situation lightly. I have full confidence in the resort and it's staff to provide us with the best service possible when they do reopen, even if that means a grab-and-go breakfast before hitting the links. It wouldn't be the first time we hit the first tee with an egg sandwich in one hand and a driver in the other.

ABOUT THE AGC 2022 Two Man Links

**To give your team the best chance to get into the tournament, please register and get on the wait list ASAP.

He who hesitates is lost. And the 21st Two Man Links Championship is going to fill quickly! So don't wait! Join us for AmateurGolf.com's flagship best-ball event at the highly-acclaimed Bandon Dunes Resort - site of the 2020 U.S. Amateur! The tournament features Championship, Senior Championship, and Net and Father & Son Divisions (with gross and net prizes) and it always draws a diverse group of players from across the U.S. and Canada.

AmateurGolf.com is pleased to report that the Father & Son division continues to grow, with 50% of the field in 2021 comprised of Father & Son teams! We award gross and net prizes in this division, with teams also eligible for the overall gross or net championship.

(4) nights lodging at Bandon Dunes Resort (see options below)
(4) tournament rounds (1) at each at four of the resort's five courses
(1) gala tournament dinner (golf attire fine)
$10,000 in prizes (based on 80 players)
Tournament awards for division winners
Welcome gifts for all players


Thursday, April 21, 2022
Arrival day, golf at player's expense today for those that arrive early enough or complimentary use of awesome range
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Friday, April 22, 2022
Tournament Round 1 at Old Macdonald
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Tournament Round 2 at Bandon Trails
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Sunday, April 24, 2022
Tournament Round 3 at Sheep Ranch
- evening: 7:00pm - Dinner at Bandon Dunes- Macdonald Hall (above McKee's Pub)
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Monday, April 25, 2022
Final Round at Bandon Dunes
- morning tee times tbd based on number of players -- please check out of your room prior to play unless arrangements have been made to stay over
- Tournament Awards immediately following play at Bandon Dunes.


Everyone in the field will play for the overall gross and net plus father & son trophies; in addition there will be prizes awarded based on the number of players in two main divisions:

Father & Son Team (Low Gross and Low Net)
Open Team (Low Gross and Low Net)

SENIORS: A bonus will be awarded to the lowest gross score among teams where both players are age 50 and over)

For net scoring, play will be at 80% of course handicap, with a maximum allowance of 18 for each player, and using the low handicap index for the year from the USGA GHIN System. A maximum combined team handicap of 36.0 is suggested.

Play will be from the Orange Tees, except that those aged 70+ may elect to play from the Sand Tees.

**PRICING OPTIONS (per player)**

$2695 -- ** DOUBLE OCCUPANCY **
(rooming with another tournament player only) includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, one big dinner, plus $10,000 of prizes plus welcome gifts for all players

$3195 -- ** SINGLE OCC. - LODGE OR INN **
includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, one big dinner, plus $10,000 of tournament prizes and welcome gifts for all players

$3395 -- ** CHROME LAKE LOFT **
(separate bedrooms and bathrooms, shared common area). includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, one big dinner, plus $10,000 of tournament prizes and welcome gifts for all players

$3595 -- ** GROVE COTTAGE **
(4) separate bedrooms and bathrooms, shared common area. (Note - this is for four friends sharing the same cottage) - includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, one big dinner, plus $10,000 of tournament prizes and welcome gifts for all players

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