Bandon Dunes to host 2013 World Speed Golf Championship
by Randall Schwartz, amateurgolf.com Member

BANDON, Oregon -- Last year, we were at Bandon Dunes to participate in the Amateurgolf.com 2-man Two Man Links Championship, the highlight of my golf year every year. As timing would have it, we were fortunate to be there when the latest course opened, the Bandon Preserve Par-3 course. On May 1st, the course was to open at 6:45 AM. My brother Keith and I woke up early to observe the festivities. Coffee in hand, we trudged over to the first tee to find around 40 people gathered around, including Mike Keiser, the owner and founder of the Bandon Dunes resort, and Bill Coore, who, along with Ben Crenshaw was the designer of the project. All were greeted with a perfect morning on the Oregon coast.

To initiate the course, Mike Keiser invited Chris Smith, the world record speed golfer to be the first golfer off the tee. I was looking forward to the exhibition because I had never seen it done in person. The course looked tremendous, much in the style of the other spectacular courses at Bandon; fabulous scenery, the holes blending into the surrounding area, looking challenging and imaginative. Smith teed off, picked up his light tote bag with 6 clubs (dressed in running tights and running shoes) and took off jogging down the first tee. Assuming that there would be a group going around with the speed golfer, I took off at a fast walking pace. It wasn’t until I had reached the first green that I realized I was the only one following Chris. There weren’t even any markers on the course to keep score or at least make sure he played all 13 holes. Chalk it up to the honesty of golf. So he and I took off for a round of speed golf on the virgin Bandon Preserve course.

I kept up with Chris at a fast walking pace as he jogged along. I was surprised that he took his time with each shot, breathing and taking a few practice swings, like a biathlete in the Olympics, focusing on making good shots. I was just trying to stay out of his way, imagining that he would have set a record time except that some dumbbell tripped him on the second hole. Not only was the speed golf fascinating to watch, but each divot the he took out of the virgin course was the first. I kept thinking of the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

Finally on the third hole, Chris turned to me and said, “Are you just going to watch, or are we going to talk?” From then on we were a team. The view of the adjacent Bandon Dunes golf course and the ocean beyond, with the gorse in its full bright yellow bloom, was spectacular. Our speed golfer was lofting shots into the morning air with solid procession, hitting every green. He was mostly playing for the wider part of the green but put a few close. No putts would go down, but the string of solid pars continued. And I was keeping up at a fast walk and occasional jog.

We played so quickly that we came up on the 11th hole and the maintenance staff was still on the green. I had to jog up and warn them of Chris’ approach. We came to the final hole, one more solid shot to 5 feet. One last rimmed put. Thirteen greens hit, 13 pars, in twenty two minutes and fifty five seconds. A great round with Chris Smith that I won’t soon forget. And a new course is opened for all.

EDITOR’s NOTE: Bandon Dunes Resort is hosting the 2013 World Speed Golf Championship; if you are interested in seeing what it’s all about (and perhaps learning to play faster in the process) tune in to CBS on Saturday, April 13 prior to Masters coverage at 1:30 EST/10:30PST.


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It's time to check Bandon Dunes off your bucket list. Join us for the 19th annual playing of AmateurGolf.com's flagship best-ball event at the highly-acclaimed Bandon Dunes Resort. The tournament features Championship, Senior Championship, and Net Divisions and it always draws a diverse group of players from across the U.S. and Canada.

NEW FOR 2020: 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.


(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


Thursday, April 23, 2020
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 24, 2020
Tournament Round 1
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Tournament Round 2
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Sunday, April 26, 2020
Tournament Round 3
- evening: 7:00pm - Dinner at Bandon Dunes- MacKenzie Hall
- Lodging: Bandon Dunes Resort

Monday, April 27, 2020
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 St. Andrews room.

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.
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.

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