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Smoker's Heavens

Cigar Aficionado's well-traveled golf writer picks his favorite golf courses to smoke cigars in the United States and around the world
Jeff Williams
From the Print Edition:
Morgan Freeman, Mar/Apr 2005

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Since smoking on the course isn't prohibited, I'd suggest lighting one up as you leave the 10th green. A recent eradication of scruffy trees and bush has opened up a wide vista, and from the 10th tee it's possible to see all the way to the 16th tee, maybe three-quarters of a mile away. Garden City is a nifty, trapped-in-time, decidedly old-fashioned place that becomes more special hole by hole. And puff by puff, you can enjoy it even more.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Oregon
If the high and the mighty have their Pine Valleys and Augusta Nationals to retreat to, then the merely well-to-do have Bandon Dunes. Bandon Dunes, which is slated to open a third course on June 1, is America's truest linksland golf destination, perched on bluffs overlooking the Pacific on the southern coast of Oregon near the artsy town of Bandon. It's difficult to get to, but worth every ounce of effort.

Mike Keiser, the Chicago greeting card magnate, has created an ultimate male-bonding, macho-mystique, must-see, must-do golf eden on land that's just perfect for the game. (Women cheerfully admitted.) With courses by David McLay Kidd, Tom Doak and Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore, Bandon Dunes is nothing short of wonderment.

It's also ultra-cigar-friendly with two great gathering spots: the Bunker Bar and the immense outdoor fireplace outside of McKee's Pub. The Bunker Bar resembles a cozy rec room, with card tables, pool tables and thick leather chairs. It is so named for the pictures of famous bunkers from around the world. See how many you can name. The outdoor fireplace is ringed with teak chairs and log benches. There are patios outside all the public places in the Bandon Dunes complex, all cigar-friendly, all intimately part of the linksland that surrounds them. A wide range of high-end cigars is available throughout the property.

While Bandon Dunes is ideal for buddy trips, show up as a single and you will instantly be among friends. And should you be a cigar smoker, you will be in an atmosphere designed to please you.

Jeff Williams is a sportswriter for Newsday on Long Island.


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