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 […]

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, […]

Scotland, revisited: David McLay Kidd realizes a career dream in designing Machrihanish Dunes

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

Noted golf architect spent childhood summers in these dunes, and carefully worked through considerable environmental restraints to build the golf course MACHRIHANISH, ARGYLL, Scotland — When he designed Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, near the bottom of the Kintyre Peninsula in western Scotland, David McLay Kidd was fulfilling a dream he had nurtured throughout his career. […]

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 …

Tokatee Golf Club: Still halfway to heaven

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon |

At 50, the golf course remains an almost ‘spiritual’ place. BLUE RIVER — The quintessential Eugene sports columnist, Blaine Newnham, wrote defining columns in the 1970s and early 1980s about the Kamikaze Kids, Steve Prefontaine and the struggles of the University of Oregon football team. And, one day in the fall of 1971, shortly after […]