While on a recent trip to Bandon Dunes, we had an unusual resort guest sit next to us at breakfast one morning—Ben Crenshaw. As it turns out, he was there on business. The Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch course has long been part of the Bandon Dunes story, but unless golfers knew who to ask, it was unlikely they would know the property existed.
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Or for some, a re-introduction. Sheep Ranch is now the fifth hole course at Oregon's Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, as the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw course opened officially on Monday, even amid covid restrictions on the resort this spring. To understand why this is such a highly anticipated opening, one must appreciate the evolution of this land. Sheep Ranch sits on about acres north of the resort's Old Macdonald course, and for the past 16 or so years, there were 13 unirrigated greens played by a very small group of golfers. Doak had designed these 13 greens with crisscrossing fairways accompanying them, allowing golfers to play into them from various directions. But at the time, Keiser and Friedmann, intending at first for their land to be the site of a new private hole course, stopped funding the construction after locals started talking about this secret project, worried that the success of the resort could be in jeopardy.
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Is it the best course out there? The wind can whip anywhere, anytime at Bandon, but nowhere harder than it does here. In its original iteration, the Sheep Ranch or should it just be Sheep Ranch , without the article in front? As with Batman, I was told, you can go either way was even smaller and rougher cut, a sleepy, semi-secretive hole course that you had to access by special arrangement. To get there now, you drive to Old MacDonald, what used to be the northernmost course at Bandon, and keep going on a freshly paved road, a minute ride to the new Sheep Ranch entrance. A low-slung, fog-gray clubhouse greets you, backed by a Pacific panoramic, a visual tease for the day ahead. Bandon Dunes owner Mike Keiser , who developed the Sheep Ranch with his longtime business partner, Phil Friedmann, is not given to gushing. He calls the 1st hole of the Sheep Ranch the best opener in golf. A broad-shouldered par 5, it plays through a wide, sparse corridor of pines, then elbows gently leftward over a ridge and tumbles toward the water. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw dreamed up the design, and the routing is inspired , making the most of modest acreage.
She's most likely secretly playing out fantasies of converting you, marrying you in a Mormon temple, and having a very Mormon life, OP. Trust me, I too tried to make it work with my very Mormon also returned missionary ex-girlfriend. I am dating a great guy who happens to be a very brilliant doctor going into residency very soon. Because service is important in the Mormon faith, she may be interested in doing something that will help others, like helping someone clean their yard. Even if she does, you'll be the reason in her family's eyes. The answer is, most emphatically, NO. Yes, we had been in a rough patch for sometime with all of the changing happening around us, moving, starting residency, etc. We try to make this place a little better than we found it.