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Bandon Dunes 5th Course (Sheep Ranch)


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#1 dearth12

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:56 PM

Talk was heavy in 2016-2017 that the land where the Sheep Ranch currently sits would be used to create the 5th course at Bandon Dunes.  It was even a done deal that Gil Hanse would be the architect.  Mike Keiser was quoted as saying "it should happen within the next 2 years."


I have searched just about everywhere I know and I have not been able to find any updated information.  Does anyone have any insight on where Bandon stands regarding adding this 5th course?



I was there in the Spring of 2017 and it was the best golf experience of my life.  My group is throwing around the idea of heading back in 2020. I am certain a 5th course will not be there in 2020, but am curious as to when the 5th course would be started and completed?




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Posted 11 January 2019 - 05:01 PM

Not sure if anything official has been announced yet, but spend enough time on these forums (even just search "Sheep Ranch") and some of the people that have been recently state that they're already there pushing dirt. You can see the heavy machinery from Old Mac and sounds like right now they're putting in irrigation. From what I have heard, it's Coore and Crenshaw that got the course and their hope is to have it open prior to the 2020 US Am for promo purposes. My bet is you'll start reading about in all the big trade pubs soon.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 05:04 PM

Bandon is notorious for not letting out info until they are good and ready.  Unfortunately, that means the rest of us have to go on what we hear from caddies, staff, etc., which have turned out to be not particularly reliable in the past.

The best info we all have right now is what we've seen with our own eyes over the past couple months.  Much Tonka vehicle activity and smoke coming from the Sheep Ranch.  It seems like the transformation is happening.  Latest rumor has Coore & Crenshaw as the designer.  Latest rumor on opening is around the time they have the 2020 US Am there.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 05:19 PM

Thanks for the information guys.  Not really surprised to hear of Coore and Crenshaw getting the course.


If the timeline holds up, it does not look like it would be an option to play in April of 2020.  Just gives me another reason to make it back out there shortly after!!!
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:59 PM

View Postkaschreiber, on 11 January 2019 - 05:01 PM, said:

Not sure if anything official has been announced yet, but spend enough time on these forums (even just search "Sheep Ranch") and some of the people that have been recently state that they're already there pushing dirt. You can see the heavy machinery from Old Mac and sounds like right now they're putting in irrigation. From what I have heard, it's Coore and Crenshaw that got the course and their hope is to have it open prior to the 2020 US Am for promo purposes. My bet is you'll start reading about in all the big trade pubs soon.

I donít believe they have the routing finalized yet much less pushing dirt for the sake of design. Pumps, mainlines, laterals, etc while the course routing really helps, itís not needed for the mainline.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:11 AM

View Postdearth12, on 11 January 2019 - 05:19 PM, said:

Thanks for the information guys.  Not really surprised to hear of Coore and Crenshaw getting the course.


If the timeline holds up, it does not look like it would be an option to play in April of 2020.  Just gives me another reason to make it back out there shortly after!!!

I'd guess that's the idea!

Nice piece of dirt.  My guess is that Bill Coore very much realizes the opportunity.  Should be a show stopper!

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:28 AM

only fact I know is we tried to set up a round on the Sheep Ranch at the end of March 2019 and was told that the course is not open and would contact me if/when the course reopens.

Glad we played it in 2018, as we may never get to play it in its current form ever again.
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:15 PM

Word is they're trying to open Sheep Ranch in time for the 2020 US Amateur to promote it. I'd post pictures I took at the end of November if I could figure out how.

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:19 PM

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:20 PM

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:21 PM

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Posted Today, 06:04 PM

The rare and elusive triple post!

I was at the resort yesterday and had some time to burn, thought about turning off at the four way and driving north to see what I could see.  Decided that since I was in the low clearance vehicle I'd skip it.  Looks pretty much like I would have imagined.

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