Bandon Crossings celebrated its new clubhouse with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce on June 7.
The clubhouse was built 10 years after the course south of town opened, and has a large meeting room for banquets as well as a bigger pro shop area than the building that had served multiple purposes the first decade the course was in operation.
Owners Rex and Carla Smith celebrated the occasion with chamber members and others from the golf community.
“We are grateful to be here,” Rex said. “Sometimes I am walking No. 17 or 18 and I feel like I am the luckiest person in the world.”
Interim Chamber Director Cathy Underdown made it clear the community is happy to have Bandon Crossings, too.
“You obviously have a passion in your heart,” Underdown told the Smiths. “We love having you in the community. You are excellent supporters.
“We hope this goes on for a long, long, long, long time.”
Rex said the response from the community to the new clubhouse has been positive.
The open space is a big difference from the small pro shop/retail area of the former building.
“It was perfectly functional and a perfectly terrible place to have a beer afterward,” Rex said.
Now visitors can sit outside the new clubhouse after their round in an area buffered from the prevailing north wind of the summer.
“It was designed for our climate,” he said.
Rex credited Carla with generating most of the concepts for the clubhouse, which he described as perhaps the best wedding venues on Oregon’s west coast.
“She came up with most of the design,” Rex said. “I’m very proud of her.”
Carla said there are still improvements planned, including better food service.
“We are working toward that,” she said. “We are just trying to figure out ways for it to be a pleasant place to be and not starve.”
The Smiths are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, in addition to Bandon Crossings’ 10th.
The course, long known as a hidden gem, also recently got recognition from three publications.
Matt Ginella, who works for the Golf Channel, included the course in a list of 57 American courses at www.golfadvisor.com that stick out as amazing values.
Links Magazine, a national publication, included Bandon Crossings in a list of 10 courses for golfers to discover.
And The Oregonian included Bandon Crossings in a list of 20 public courses in Oregon that golfers should play.