16 PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER | MAY 2019 Pacific Dunes, designed by Tom Doak, opened in 2001, followed by Bandon Trails (Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw) in 2005 and Old Macdonald (Tom Doak, Jim Urbina) in 2010. A year after Bandon Dunes opened, the resort hosted its first significant amateur tournament, the PNGA Men’s Amateur, won by Jeff Quinney of Eugene, who later that summer won the U.S. Amateur after qualifying at Bandon Dunes. The resort hosted the Oregon Amateur in 2002, and again in 2009, and the Pacific Coast Amateur in 2005, and again in 2012 (and the PNGA Men’s Amateur again in 2013). That led up to Bandon Dunes’ first USGA championship, the 2006 Curtis Cup, in which the U.S. team defeated the team from Great Britain and Ireland. “The Curtis Cup was the happiest tournament I can imagine,” Keiser said. “Everyone was so friendly.” A year later, the U.S. Mid-Amateur was played on Bandon Trails and Bandon Dunes and won by a marquee name in amateur golf, Trip Kuehne. “I loved the Mid-Am, because they represented who I built the golf course for, or the best of the amateur golfers of a certain age, 25,” Keiser said. “That was my favorite.” In 2011, Bandon Dunes hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links (both men’s and women’s, held simultaneously at the same site for the first time) and in 2015 it hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, during which it was announced that Bandon Dunes would host the 120th U.S. Amateur in 2020. Keiser believes that Bandon Dunes would be a great site for a Walker Cup. Keiser said that for Bandon Dunes to compile such a list of USGA events is beyond anything he could have hoped for. “Given how remote we are, they could have basically said, ‘Good job, Mike, here’s a tournament.’ Instead…..” Keiser said he hopes the relationship continues. “We have conveyed to Mike Davis that we like hosting amateur events, even though they are expensive, and the U.S. Amateur will be the most expensive of all of them. “The host club loses some to a lot of money. In spite of that, I think it’s what you do as a golf course, whether it’s a club or a public course, is to give back to the game, and to the very best amateurs in particular.” Would Bandon Dunes ever be the site for a PGA Tour or LPGA Tour event? “I’m not holding my breath on that,” Keiser said. “We’re so far from corporate tentville, etc.” Meanwhile, Keiser said next year’s U.S. Amateur will represent a pinnacle, with special meaning for Bandon Dunes. “I built the resort for amateurs,” he said. “Here are the best of the amateurs. Is the U.S. Amateur still a major? I regard it as a major. “That’s by far the most realistic championship in terms of coming to Bandon and something that I would have chosen. The U.S. Amateur answered my hope.” The 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur held at Bandon Dunes was Mike Keiser’s favorite championship held at the resort. Dan Whitaker, a greenskeeper at Tumble Creek in Cle Elum, Wash., made it to the final match before falling to champion Trip Kuehne. Whitaker had his dad, Tom, as his caddie that week. (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)