Dan Hixson: Golf architect finds a Northwest niche

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

His latest design — the wonderful new courses at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch The enterprise that is Dan Hixson Golf Design doesn’t have a web site, and its sole proprietor, and sole employee, ran out of business cards a few years ago. Which doesn’t mean that Dan Hixson hasn’t been busy. […]

Silvies Valley Ranch: Dan Hixson’s courses in isolation

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

Scott Campbell blends ranching, luxury, golf at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch SILVIES ­— In the eastern half of Oregon, on a straight as-the-crow-flies line from Eugene, is Silvies Valley Ranch. It covers 140,000 acres, which can be a hard concept to grasp; maybe easier to visualize is the fact that the […]

Eugene Country Club: A new clubhouse and a new logo

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

Remodeled clubhouse offers improved views of the golf course It’s been a year of change for Eugene Country Club, which this summer reopened its clubhouse after an $11.8 million remodeling project that began in June 2016 and last spring unveiled a striking new logo, a streamlined rendition of a Douglas fir with the trunk bisecting […]

The Resort at Eagle Point: A golf course becomes a destination

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

Owner Bob Hyer’s decision to add lodging makes a place to play also a place to stay EAGLE POINT — It seems that Bob Hyer has always had good business instincts. When he was 6 he went around his modest southern California neighborhood shining shoes for 10 cents, and a few years later, when he […]

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 […]

Rick Adelman: Remembering his roots, with golf and gratitude

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

Chemeketa Community College gave him a start in coaching, and the NBA coach paid it back with a long-running benefit golf tournament to raise money for basketball scholarships SALEM, Or. — Through head coaching jobs for five NBA teams, two trips to the NBA Finals and more than 1,000 victories, Rick Adelman always remembered where […]