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, […]

Scotland, day one: The charm of Machrihanish Golf Club

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

A long journey is rewarded by an inspired, and inspiring, golf course MACHRIHANISH, ARGYLL, Scotland — We had already been on the road for 24-some hours, flying from Seattle on Wednesday morning to Dallas to London to Edinburgh, Scotland, and now it was late Thursday in a new time zone and we were three hours […]

Previewing Scotland: A journey to the birthplace of golf

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Scotland |

Seeking the enduring spirit of golf in Scotland, from Old Tom Morris to David McLay Kidd (and Donald Trump) Golfers don’t simply take a trip to Scotland to play courses there.  They make a pilgrimage. That word conveys the historic nature of the game there, the bucket-list allure. Wrote the late James W. Finegan in […]

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: