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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 Two Man Links

** We have hit our field limit but are working to open up more spots in the field.

- If you are interested in playing in the 2021 Two Man Links at Bandon Dunes, please contact us (priority will be given to AmateurGolf.com members; see membership info here).

- If your partner has already registered, contact us to receive an access code to complete your registration.

He who hesitates is lost. And this year's 20th celebration of the 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.

GEORGE AND MICHAEL STEVENS FATHER & SON CHAMPIONSHIP
AmateurGolf.com is pleased to announce that the tournament now includes a Father/Son division with gross and net prizes as well as eligibility for the overall championship in either division.
WHAT'S INCLUDED:

(4) nights lodging at Bandon Dunes Resort (see options below)
(4) tournament rounds (1) at each of the resort's 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

ITINERARY

Course Note: All divisions will play Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails, and Sheep Ranch. Since we will use two courses each day, we won't know the course assignments until the field is full and the divisions have been broken down. But don't worry, no matter where you fall, you'll stay with your partner, and play all four courses.

Thursday, April 22, 2021
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 23, 2021
Tournament Round 1
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Tournament Round 2
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Sunday, April 25, 2021
Tournament Round 3
- evening: 7:00pm - Dinner at Bandon Dunes- MacDonald Hall (above McKee's Pub)
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Monday, April 26, 2021
Final Round
- 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 Trails.

Divisions
Championship
For teams with a suggested combined handicap index of 16.0 or lower. This division is played best-ball at scratch from the Green Tees. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers, and optional skins games will be held daily.
Senior Championship
For teams with suggested combined handicap of 16.0 or lower, where both are aged 50+. Play from Green Tees, except those aged 65+ may elect to play from Gold Tees. Teams in this division are eligible to win the overall title. Prizes for top finishers; optional daily skins games.
Net
For teams with a suggested combined handicap of 36.0 or lower. Play will be at 80% of course handicap, with a maximum allowance of 18. Play from Green Tees, except that those aged 65+ may elect to play from the Gold Tees. Prizes for top finishers; optional daily skins games.
Father/Son
Father/Son division with gross and net prizes as well as eligibility for the overall championship in either the Championship or Net division.
PRICING OPTIONS (per player)
$100 -- Non-refundable deposit holds a spot in the tournament until January 1, 2020. Please use a card with an exp date after Feb, 2021 and which you wish the balance to be billed to.

$2650 -- ** 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

$3295 -- ** 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

$3150 -- ** 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

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