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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 6636 yards
Slope 122
Rating 72.1

Course Details

Year Built 2002
Golf Season November - June
Architect Tom Doak (2002) Bill Coore (2020) Ben Crenshaw (2020)

Rentals/Services

Clubs No
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Golf Simulator No
Indoor Practice No

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Oregon (2020 #1)

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4.9
6 Reviews (6)
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Handicap 10-14
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4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
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Stunning Scenery

All of the courses at Bandon Dunes have something memorable to offer, and Sheep Ranch certainly takes the cake when it comes to remarkable ocean views. Being quite a bit further north than the other four Bandon Dunes courses, (10 minutes or so drive) Sheep Ranch has the feeling of being in a totally different world away from the resort.

Sheep Ranch is the only Bandon Dunes course with its own driving range which is a nice touch. The clubhouse is well equipped like all other Bandon Dunes courses and the snack bar has a Hot Pastrami Hoagie that is a great pre-round meal!

Out on the course you can expect a heavy dose of wind. We dealt with a continuous 20+ MPH wind out of the south throughout the round which never seemed to let up. Thankfully there are plenty of amazing ocean views to take your mind off of the beating that you will be taking for the next several hours.

Most of the holes on Sheep Ranch are totally exposed to the elements so you can expect the conditions of the course to be firm. The greens are cut longer than most of the other courses at Bandon Dunes, so you can actually get a ball to hold the green if you hit a good shot. The fairways are wide and most of the greens are pretty big, so you should find yourself in friendly spots for most of the round, just make sure your ground game is up to par or you could be in for a long day! It's still a Bandon Dunes experience.

We had no caddies in our group, but found that getting around the course is pretty easy. Most of the holes are right in front of you with the exception of #8 (aim between the trees) and #14 (right over the big hump). Thankfully the course marshals set up strategically on those holes to add some insight to our tee shots!

My biggest takeaway from the course was the scenery. You will have breathtaking views on so many points of the property. Holes #6, #9, and #16 were really remarkable, but the rest of the track did not have many great golf holes in my opinion.

If I could only play 4 of the Bandon Dunes courses, then I would probably leave Sheep Ranch out of rotation, but I would say that it is worth seeing if you can fit it in, especially if you can get lucky and find a calm day.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 71
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Special

They did it again!! The 5th 18 hole course at Bandon is just the perfect addition to the already world class courses.

Such a cool vibe when you pull up to the clubhouse. Laid back, top notch service, and just enough of a tease of the course/ocean before you hit you opening tee shot.

Wide fairways help ease you in to the round. The par 3's are awesome, and holes along the ocean even better than the pictures. Green complex on shared 3rd/16th is like no other, have to see it to believe.

Playing the 18th hole as the sun set, WOW!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 100
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
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Top 100 Contributor
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AMAZING!

First trip to Bandon Dunes and started off the trip playing Sheep Ranch. Oh boy what a treat! I think Sheep Ranch is a great course to start the Bandon trip with because it is very forgiving off the tee. The views of the ocean are absolutely unreal! I highly recommend checking this out and playing it first or last on your next Bandon trip!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Reviews 95
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Idaho Advisor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Walked

A nod to it's former self...

Playing Sheep Ranch feels like shades of what the pick-your-own-routing course used to be like, or at least as I imagine it. The front nine intertwines with the back throughout the routing sending you back and forth across the property... I loved it.

On paper, I feel like this is a very gettable course; however, the winds out there are real... when I played it was 2-3 clubs (my 175 club was a good 20 yards short on the 150 yard 16th hole... dead into the wind). I rated it "somewhat challenging" trying to anticipate the average day... but when I played it was quite the challenge (especially to a high ball hitter like myself).

People will talk about the fact that Sheep Ranch has no bunkers, I've even heard it criticized, but honestly I barely noticed. The course really relies on the elements to protect itself and my guess is that more often that not that's plenty.

I didn't use a caddy (none of my group did), if I had it to do over again, I probably would have... our group spent a good five minutes standing on the 14th tee debating which way to hit the ball, it's simply not obvious (at least from the back tees). There are other tidbits that would be helpful too.. like don't be long on three or you could wind up on the 16th green (actually a shared green between the two holes), I was about 5 feet from rolling all the way down.

The views out here simply don't quit... with every hole having an ocean view it's a very different look and feel than Pacific Dunes which I played in the morning. I've heard people say the routing is not really special and without the ocean views (i.e. if the course was somewhere else) it would not be nearly as great. To that I have two points... 1. there are some very special holes on this track and 2. it *is* by the ocean and absolutely should take advantage of that.

If you're playing other Bandon courses during your time there, you will notice the greens at Sheep Ranch are significantly slower then the other courses (even true of the recently punched Pacific Dunes course). As much as I like fast greens, it can be a welcome reprieve as well. Other than pace the relative new greens roll pure and should be terrific when they've matured a bit and pick up a little pace.

My favorite hole was probably either 6 or 16... both bring the ocean into play on your drive in very different ways. 6 is a choose your own adventure, all you can eat tee shot where the dogleg right lets you decide how much of the beach and cliff you want to take on (spoiler... I took on way to much on my firsts shot and had to reload.. oops). 16 is a par three firing straight into the prevailing winds (and the ocean left and behind)... the view is terrific and the whole is as well.

We played the afternoon at Sheep Ranch and this time of year you will finish a 1:30ish tee time right around sunset... my wife and I walked off the 18th tee directly over to the 12th tee box bench and took in the sunset from there. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

I cannot recommend strongly enough getting out to Sheep Ranch. I don't often start making plans to return to courses that run $300 ($150 for re-rounds) right way... but I've got Bandon on my short list for a golf getaway next year as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
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Best course at Bandon

Without a doubt this course is the most fun course I've played on. I played 2 rounds on back to back days - one with wind and one without - and the course plays completely different.
Greens are hard and landing it short and letting it roll is the way to go. Putter is ALWAYS an option and make sure you practice your low punch shot before you go out and play there.

Invest in a yardage book if you dont have a caddy. Trust me ... you'll need it. I am going to try and play this course once a year if I can.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Oregon Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

The Next Great Bandon Dunes Course

Adding a fifth great course to the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort seems like a monumental task. But they may have done everything right to be the perfect compliment to the other four phenomenal courses.

The Sheep Ranch is a fabled piece of property that has existed North of Old Mac for years. The cliff line and views have always been utterly fantastic. So now to see it finally come to life with a full 18 holes golf course was amazing. Nearly 9 greens on the water and views of the ocean on almost every single hole including the clubhouse.

The course itself is still very young, the greens were slow but showing tons of promise. The routing and lack of sand bunkers make for a very fun round as this could end up being the easiest course at the resort. But there is a secret weapon for the Sheep Ranch, the wind can turn this course into the most difficult as there is zero protection and almost always wind of some kind.

You won't find too many courses that are more fun and and a course that compliments a resort that is already the best in the world.

Go play it. Just do it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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