... Our group felt Old Mac was a terrible course (the caddies agreed)...
The caddies don't like it because it has way too many stupid design features. I was not surprised to learn that it was designed by committee.
When I read stuff like this, it makes me want to visit even more.
And this is exactly what makes Bandon so much fun. Five great courses that you won't get anywhere else in the US and every golfer will have a different point of view.
FWIW, I went on my first Bandon trip over a month ago and played all the courses (minus Trails since it was closed) at least twice and probably enjoyed Old Mac the best and Pacific the least, despite my lowest rounds being at Pacific.