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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort: Sheep Ranch

Bandon, OR Public

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124 Reviews

Overview

Sheep Ranch began life as a different Sheep Ranch in the early 2000s, a rag-tag, cross-country, 13-hole course with no irrigation built by Tom Doak on a bluff just north of what would later become Old Macdonald. It was a little-used recreation that only insiders knew about. Mike Keiser tapped Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to convert it into Bandon Dunes’ fifth regulation 18-hole course and Coore and Crenshaw’s second. Spread across an open, windswept plateau, using many of the same greensites, Coore managed to triangulate the holes in such a way that nine now touch the cliff edge along the Pacific Ocean. Extremely wide fairways and large putting surfaces allow the exposed course to be playable in extreme winds, and with its fast arrival to the top 15 alongside Bandon’s other courses, Sheep Ranch has accomplished the most difficult of feats for resort courses—distinction among equals.

About

Holes 18
Price $345
Facility Type Public
Designer Coore & Crenshaw

Awards

100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

100 Greatest Public: Ranked 15th, 2021-'22.

Best in State: Ranked fifth, 2021-'22.

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Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

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100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Character
7.84
Challenge
7.04
Distinctiveness
7.7
Layout Variety
7.48
Fun
7.97
Aesthetics
8.08
Conditioning
7.15