Heading there in mid-April with 7 other 50 year-olds. How tough is it to walk 36 holes a day? Most of us are in decent shape and 12-15 handicappers.
I am 71 years old and the walk was lovely! You should have not problem.....
We had 8 44 yr olds and did 36 three days straight. Doable. The last 9 the last day was ugly. We wouldn’t have done it any different though. We did try and spread the tee times out to sit down and eat lunch. If you are going to go that far you may as well play golf!
If you're used to walking then it's not too bad, although more challenging if the wind is up! Bandon Dunes course is the easiest walk and Old Mac is toughest. If you're playing 36 holes a day change your socks in between rounds.
I walked 36 when I was 51 and, although the walk was fine, my feet were killing me. It really took some of the joy out of my second round. Just make sure you have a good pair of shoes, and you’ll be OK.
18 holes requires walking between 16,000 and 18,000 steps depending on the course. Lots of up and down.
Take a caddy, at least the first round...courses are fun to walk, a few up and downs, but not arduous.
As long as you’re used to walking your course at home, I don’t think it will be an issue. We didn’t find it a problem and we were a crowd of 8 55-65 year olds, but we’re all used to walking (and carrying) our own clubs. We used caddies there which really adds to the experience and helps with playing 36 a day. Definitely take in the preserve (the 13 hole par 3 course)
Enjoy. I think you’re going to love it.
As said by many use caddies and you’ll be ok. I’d also change socks and shoes between the 18. It really makes a big difference. Speaking of golf shoes make sure to bring in broken shoes and ones designed for walking. Don’t go with a new pair of heavy leather foot joys. Also smart to follow the caddies as they know the shortest and least elevated paths.
With caddies, it will be fine. As someone else said, the last 9 will be a bit of a chore. Some elevation changes, but nothing too bad. I’m 60 and walked 36 3 days in a row last October. If you are used to walking 18 at home all the time, this won’t be a problem. By the way, you are really going to love this place!
I recommend only doing 36 on the first and/or second full day. The easiest walking courses are Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes, so I would try to make those 2 courses your 36-hole day. The hardest walking course is Bandon Trails, so I would pair it with a replay at the 13-hole Par 3 course.
Sample Line-up for a 4-day visit:
Day 1: Bandon Dunes in the morning, Pac Dunes in the afternoon
Day 2: Bandon Trails in the morning, Par 3 Bandon Preserve in the afternoon
Day 3: Old Mac in the late morning and massage in mid-afternoon with Punchbowl Putting course around 5 pm and dinner at Pac Grille. Allow 5 hours to play BT.
Day 4: Pac Dunes or Bandon Dunes, then drive out....
Definitely get caddies. Well worth it. Have fun....
4 days: 5 18-hole rounds, 1 Par 3 course (13 holes) plus the Punchbowl
Great walk. Only played 18, but had a caddy (highly recommended if doing 36).
It's not overly difficult. Bandon Trails is significantly more hilly so you may want to consider not trying it if that course is on the list that day. Definitely plan ahead with a post-round massage, the therapists are excellent.
Not tough, it’s amazing how fresh you feel after 18 with caddies. Usually play 18 / 36 / 18 over three days, sometimes add The Preserve (13 holes, all par 3’s) as a warm up before first 18. Expect you will have no issues.
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