b'The housing is importantWe are excited to build a complement to the Preserveclose to, but uniquely different from Bandon Preserve, Simonds said. given the labor force requiredThere is no targeted completion date for the par-3 course, which to make Bandon Dunes tick.is in the planning stages and doesnt yet have a name. There also is no indication of the resort slowing down. It When fully staffed, the resortcontinues to see guests from every corner of the country, and has between 650 and 700 full-international play has picked up as pandemic travel restrictions have been lifted. and part-time employees,Meanwhile, the resorts reputation remains strong in the not including the 500 or soindustry. Two national publications have listed all five of the resorts 18-hole courses among the top 15 public courses in the caddies, who are licensees.U.S., with strong early praise for the newest course, Sheep Ranch, which opened two years ago.And the resort is getting exposure through its long-term partner-Looking back down the par-4 16th on the Bandon Dunes course. ship with the United States Golf Association. In July, Bandon Dunes hosted the U.S. Junior Amateur, the eighth USGA national championship the resort has hosted over the past 16 years. Another 12 USGA events already are on the calendar in the coming quarter century, starting with the U.S. Womens Amateur in 2025 and the 2028 Walker Cup matches. Those events may add to the resorts prestige. But at its core, the mission remains the same: providing the best golf experience possible for the guests. That showed with the staffing effort during the U.S. Junior Amateur. While a large number of staff were dedicated to helping with the championship, the resorts three courses not used for the championshipPacific Dunes, Old Macdonald and Sheep Ranchremained open for regular operations. I think that speaks to the commitment the team has in creating trips of a lifetime for guests, Simonds said. Bandon Dunes remains committed to amateur golf, as well, not just with the USGA events. In between the U.S. Amateur in 2020 and the U.S. Junior Amateur in July, the resort hosted the Oregon Amateur last year. It also will host a Pacific Northwest PGA event this fall, and next year will host a senior event involving golfers from Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain. Simonds said the goal is for Bandon Dunes to host a tournament from the various regional golf associations every seven to 10 years. Its a big deal for that group of amateurs who participate, he said. Amateur golf is our retail target here.And in a year, those golfers will have another dining option to choose from when the new restaurant is complete. 16PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER| SEPT 2022'