The resort was built by a few men who made a fortune selling greeting cards. They wanted a resort away from all the hassle of the real world and they wanted to bring the experience of links golf to the USA. Flash forward to the completion of three courses and plans for a fourth and you have what I call a "nice track."
This is a picture of me hitting driver on Pacific Dunes. Most of the terrain was very similar to this. There is the ocean, long grass and many dunes throughout the course.
Pacific Dunes is a tough course. The pacific ocean comes into play on 8 holes and since the course is so close to the coast, the wind is always kicking up. I played it in June and the weather was 65 degrees, cloudy and very windy. My game is not very solid in heavy wind but I still managed to shoot a 76 and take a few bucks from my pops. We had caddies and they were great in helping us navigate the course.
I liked this course so much because it is different than any other course I have ever played. Most courses I see are located inland and I just get bored of them. Pacific Dunes was a change up and even someone who doesn't play golf can enjoy the views.