Bandon Dunes stabilizes famous ghost tree after storm

The ghost tree at Bandon Dunes' Old Macdonald.

The ghost tree was leaning after a strong storm earlier this week.


The iconic ghost tree on Bandon Dunes Golf Resort‘s Old Macdonald course is getting some much-needed support.

Earlier this week, the resort announced the tree had sustained some damage from a strong storm with 30+ mph winds and began leaning.

the 3rd hole, and ghost tree, at old macdonald at bandon dunes golf resort.
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But on Friday, the resort came back with an update that the tree — which is technically dead — was stabilized with cables for the time being.

“We are so appreciative of everyone’s interest & support regarding the Ghost Tree on Old Macdonald,” a tweet from the resort read. “Cables have been added to help support the tree & we are continuing to monitor its stability. Please remember to respect its space and enjoy it from a safe distance while playing.”

The cables appear to be similar to the ones that hold up another one of golf’s famous trees: the Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach, California.

In case you have not yet made it to Bandon, or are unfamiliar with the tree, the Port Orford Cedar is on the par-4 3rd at the Old Macdonald course. The hole starts with a blind tee shot over a sand dune, and the line is to move your tee shot right-to-left around the ghost tree to the fairway that falls away from you. The ghost tree can usually be seen on every hole at Old Mac (one of five Top 100 courses at the resort).

Bandon was not the only notable golf course to suffer ghost tree issues this past week. Tennessee nine-hole track Sweetens Cove had its ghost tree knocked completely down by a storm.

The course announced it would leave the tree on the ground where it fell, adding “It will remain what it was. An obstruction.”

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Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is a 2020 graduate of Penn State University, earning degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his high school golf team and recently returned to the program to serve as head coach. Jack also still *tries* to remain competitive in local amateurs. Before joining GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as a Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but also producing, anchoring and even presenting the weather. He can be reached at



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