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:

Chambers Bay: Mining a muni gem

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Washington |

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — For decades it was a quarry, mined for sand and gravel, the operation cutting away the hillside overlooking the lower Puget Sound, leaving a scarred landscape behind.