Grant Rogers: Bandon’s favorite teacher

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Oregon Coast |

BANDON — It is a quirk of Grant Rogers, the director of instruction at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, that he won’t tell you how old he is, nor even provide a few clues, though in the Internet age, that notion seems as quaint as playing golf with a hickory-shafted mashie niblick.

The Sheep Ranch: A golfer’s playground

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Oregon Coast |

BANDON — No sign advertises the presence of the Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch, except the gate that reads “no trespassing.” There’s no restaurant, no pro shop, no amenity other than a remote port-a-potty and, no matter how much golf you’ve played, maybe no experience as wildly beautiful, or spectacularly wild, as this one:

Proposed Bandon Links course: A question of vision

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Oregon Coast |

BANDON — As she hikes through the Bandon State Natural Area a few miles south of Bandon on the Oregon Coast, Sherri Laier sees things that most others miss. The pawprints of a critter. A colorful tree frog. A tiny young plant, poking through the ground. Different types of lichen. Mushrooms.