As we've explained Bandon Dunes isn't exactly easy to get to. Most attendees flew to the North Bend/Coos Bay airport from San Francisco on Saturday.
Always trying to multi-task, I flew to San Francisco on Friday and filmed some TurfNetTV Tips and Tricks segments with 2010 TurfNet Superintendent of the Year Thomas Bastis, CGCS at the California Golf Club of San Francisco. Thomas demonstrated his drone-based camera (view from the drone shown below) for one of the segments.
Thomas Bastis and me with his drone at California Golf Club prior to my flight up to Bandon.
On Saturday, Dennis Hurley, Butch Sheffield, and Bill Anderson visited and played the Cal Club before flying up to North Bend/Coos Bay.
Thomas Bastis (l), with Bill Anderson, Butch Sheffield and Dennis Hurley, at Cal Club
Our two Aussies from Florida (Matthew Tacilauskas from Palm Beach Country Club - left in photo - and David Dore-Smith from Copperleaf Golf Club) scored tickets to the Oregon (#2) vs. UCLA (#12) game in Eugene on Saturday. They met up with TurfNet member Chris Gaughan from Eugene Country Club and Chris hosted them at his home since the hotels were full from the football game. The two arrived in plenty of time for their first round on Bandon Dunes.
Not so Mark Chant, who had a travel snag for the second consecutive year. The flight crew didn't show up on time for his flight from JFK to San Francisco so he missed the last flight to North Bend/Coos Bay. Frank Tichenor was happy to provide suggestions on how to spend his time Saturday night during his layover in San Francisco.
Mark flew up Sunday morning with Dennis Hurley, Bill Anderson and Butch Sheffield and all were able to get their first round (Pacific Dunes) in despite some fog-related circling around the North Bend/Coos Bay airport.
-- Jon Kiger