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Pac-12 Road Trip Stanford University


Remodeled in 2005, Stanford Stadium now matches the beautiful brick motif of the sparkling athletic facilities sprinkled through- out campus. And now the football team is matching the success of


all the other elite athletic programs on campus. The Directors’ Cup is awarded annually to the school with


Autzen Stadium is one of the loudest venues in the country.


the best overall athletic program. Stanford has won 19 in a row. The football team has contributed to that success lately, thanks to a resurgence led by former coach Jim Harbaugh and quar- terback Andrew Luck, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting twice. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Stanford’s


laus Course), Crosswater and Teth- erow—all ranked in Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. If you need to break up that road trip, half- way through the mountain pass from Eugene to Bend is Tokatee, perenni- ally ranked as one of the best public courses in Oregon. Travel three hours southwest


from Eugene and you’ll end up somewhere in the British Isles— otherwise known as Bandon. There you’ll find the most authentic links golf that America offers, headlined by Pacific Dunes, Golf Magazine’s No. 1 Course You Can Play. All four courses at Bandon Dunes Resort— Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and Old Macdon- ald—rank in the top 15 of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play. Even the Preserve, the 13- hole par-3 course at Bandon Dunes Resort, cracks Golf Magazine’s Top 15 Best Public Courses in Oregon list. But it gets even better. Golf at Bandon Dunes Resort is as cheap as $75 during the offseason.


golf course is also considered among the best in the country. In a Golfweek ranking of the best collegiate home courses, the George Thomas-designed Stanford came in at No. 6. If the Stanford golf team ever gets tired of its impressive home course, it can venture 30 miles north to play the likes of San Francisco Golf Club, The Olympic Club, Lake Merced, California Club, Harding Park, Lincoln Park, Sharp Park or Presidio. Or it can head 70 miles south to CordeValle, or the Alister MacKenzie-jewel Pasatiempo. Or it can keep traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway another 40 miles to golf heaven and the Monterey Peninsula. Tough choices.


The Stanford Golf Course is one of the best collegiate courses in the country.


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