Review for Bandon Dunes (Sheep Ranch)

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I agree with the other reviews in that this course will only improve as it grows in over time. This is a stark, dramatic piece of property with some ghost trees, less gorse than Pacific and Bandon Dunes, and no sand bunkers. It's the northernmost track on the property and certainly can get windy in the afternoon and even more so than the other tracks. I also agree with the rater who had Pacific, Bandon Dunes, Sheep Ranch, and Old Mac/Trails as the order of best courses. The oceanside holes are spectacular, particularly #6 and #16 but even an inland hole like the par 5 #11 is worth the trip. #16 was only 92 yards one day with the flag as front as possible with a 25-30mph wind into and towards the ocean and it was one of the most unsettling shots I've ever had. Alternately, next round a partner went long on #3, which shares the football sized three-tiered green and ended up using a hybrid for that length and uphill putt. Only downsides I can see are the extreme imbalance of the 9's with the front playing a short 34 and mostly downwind and the back being a much longer par 38 mostly into the wind. Also the par 5 #18 is quite short and somewhat anti-climatic but after getting beat up on the back it's nice to finish with an easy birdie. Real good addition to the course rotation at Bandon and I look forward to playing it again as it matures.

Date: July 29, 2020

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