MONROE — In the old newspaper photograph, the Doyles never age and time stands still. There they are, Jeff Doyle with his wife, Liz, and his brother, Greg, posing for the opening of the first nine holes at their new Diamond Woods Golf Course.
An avid golfer, architect Sam Dunn got so frustrated with slow play that he wrote a book about the problem, with numerous tips for golfers to improve their pace of play.
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:
BANDON — Before he started play Sunday in the second Speedgolf World Championships, first-day leader Rob Hogan stood quietly on the first tee at Bandon Dunes and spent a minute or more with his arms folded, simply looking down the first fairway, alone with his thoughts.
It is early on a weekday morning, and Eric Johnson says he hasn’t had quite enough coffee yet, but you wouldn’t know it by the energy and enthusiasm with which he is conducting a golf lesson on the practice range at RiverRidge Golf Course.
They are, for the travelers driving by, often merely signposts on the Oregon Coast Highway, sort of Another Roadside Attraction, along with beaches and the art galleries, the aquarium and the Sea Lion Caves.
The trees were more like bushes when Ric Jeffries started to plant them, 25 years ago, on a stretch of fertile farmland along the Willamette River.
CRESWELL — On the practice range at Emerald Valley Golf Course, Ashton Eaton paused for a short break after hitting golf balls for a while.
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.
FLORENCE — The future seems bright for Ocean Dunes Golf Links, the picturesque and challenging 18-hole public golf course that wends its way through the dunes and trees on the eastern side of Florence.
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