THE LEGENDARY Sheep Ranch has long held a special place in Bandon Dunes lore. But on June 1, the Sheep Ranch opened to the public for the first time, and a new page has been written. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw— the incomparable team that designed Bandon Trails and The Preserve — returned to Bandon Dunes to breathe new life into the Sheep Ranch. The result is a par-72, 6,636-yard, 18-hole design that offers perhaps the most dramatic setting yet.
Etched along a spectacular mile of oceanfront on Five Mile Point, the Sheep Ranch presented the designers some unique opportunities. And Coore and Crenshaw made the most of the stunning geography. The Sheep Ranch offers views of the Pacific Ocean on every hole, a first among Bandon Dunes designs. And nine holes are set directly on the coastline, the most of any Bandon Dunes golf course.
It is the newest and best chapter in the Sheep Ranch, which has long been one of Bandon Dunes’ most compelling tales. Co-founded by Phil Friedmann and Mike Keiser, the original Sheep Ranch was for many years a mysterious golf landscape set just north of Old MacDonald and Pacific Dunes. Easily seen, but not often played. But now that the Sheep Ranch has opened, that will change forever. And Bandon Dunes will once again make good on its promise to showcase “Golf as it was Meant to Be.”
But words can only do the Sheep Ranch so much justice. So only one question remains … when are you going to experience the Sheep Ranch for yourself?
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