Bill Robinson: A golf architect’s career by design

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Oregon Coast |

A student of Geoffrey Cornish, Bill Robinson designed courses that endured the test of time. FLORENCE — He might have been a professional hockey player, but at 16 Bill Robinson suffered a serious eye injury, so his parents pulled him from competition at the Junior B level in Canada, the defenseman arguably two steps from […]

Bandon Dunes: Mike Keiser’s next course at the Sheep Ranch

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Oregon Coast |

The under-the-radar Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch to become resort’s fifth 18-hole course BANDON — The Sheep Ranch, the rustic under-the-radar golf course north of Bandon Dunes, will become the site for the fifth 18-hole golf course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, owner Mike Keiser said last month. The Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella, writing on GolfAdvisor.com, […]

Ocean Dunes: Steady progress for Florence golf course

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Oregon Coast |

Under Three Rivers Casino Resort ownership, bigger changes still envisioned. FLORENCE — Four years after the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, owners of Three Rivers Casino Resort, purchased Ocean Dunes Golf Links, the deal has produced measurable short-term gains for the golf course, with grander improvements envisioned. With the investment by […]

Gearhart Golf Links: A polished gem

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Oregon Coast |

If you’ve ventured to this coastal resort north of Seaside over the years and played Gearhart Golf Links, just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean, and if you’ve even stayed in an old hotel overlooking the course, because there’s been a hotel on site going back decades …