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Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for our staff, regulars, and those who occasionally join us.

For an update on the new building we will get our roof on tomorrow. The contractors have other obligations and will pull off for 2 weeks after that. All of the doors and windows are in so we will try to get the inside dried out in the interim. 


Cheer for Beer!

Cheer for Beer:

As we anticipate a few changes we plan on having draft beer and are looking for some input on your recommendations. I will confess that we prefer local all else being equal. Soooo let's hear what you think.

Our Building Construction is making progress

The Cypress Room in progress

View looking through the Cyprus events center to the black tee and the putting green as well as 18 green. The ceiling is roughhewn trusses and tongue and groove pine.    The three openings  will have glass garage doors so that even with inclement weather green grass and lovely views can be seen.


The South DeckThe new deck area on the south will allow very close to complete lack of wind as the breeze usually comes from the north in the winter.

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Looking up from the bunker on 18 fairway of the south side of the building.

Heathland Golf Defined

We at Bandon Crossings want to continue our education (harping?) on how special the land is that the course is built on. There are over 13000 golf courses in the United States and perhaps 20 or 30 could be considered heathland property. What is heathland? Well let me count the points that make property heathland. 1. It is typically not directly on the ocean but shares some of the virtues and vices of being near the ocean. It is sandy and light soil that is poor in nutrients and is typically acidic. We were shocked when we checked the soil when we were first trying to grow grass and found it to be a pH of 4.2. A lot of our fertilizers have to be carefully monitored to not push the pH lower. 2. It typically grows gorse, bracken and heather. Brant is constantly trying to keep the gorse out of the playing area as it very unpleasantly defends itself well with thorns even where plants shouldn't have thorns. 3. Because the property is not right on the ocean the winds are gentler and the summer temperatures are a little warmer. This will typically lead to different grasses than typically grow on pure links land. That is why perennial rye is grown and holds up much better to cart traffic than fescue.
-- Rex Smith

New Construction is Underway!

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Anyone who has been to Bandon Crossings the last few weeks has noticed that we are doing our best to tear up the property between the cypress trees and the putting green. Hopefully that is to a good cause.
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We are starting to build our 5000 square foot Club house and event facility. It is fairly small by most clubhouse standards. It will have a little bit of a Craftsman look and the event facility will be large open beams with tongue and groove wood ceiling. The floors will be stained concrete. It will be painted the same color as the new paint currently on the cart barn and pro shop. This design includes a portion of the building being offset so that we have a protected area from the north wind and it should be very comfortable sitting outside with the protection from the northwest summer wind. That area is fairly protected from the wind anyway but that should make it even better. We have also designed the closed portion of the clubhouse to enjoy the view of number one Fairway and the wetlands. Number 18 green should also be visible so you can watch your friends or competitors one putt that green.
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There are many reasons for building the new facility the first of course is our current facility is rather suspect. We would love to have our annual pass members and guests to feel like this is as good a place as any to sit down and enjoy a few minutes before or after their round of golf. 
Another reason is we would love to have more tournaments and non-golf events like weddings. The event facility holds 99 people inside and can spill outside as we have glass garage doors that can be lifted up. If you know someone who is looking for a facility we should be finished by 1 January. We have every intention of improving our food and beverage which will not include a full restaurant at this time even though we have an area that could someday be converted to a kitchen. We do have had some fine caterers we have used in the past and will hopefully find a good array of choices for our future events.
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Dan Hixson Designs Another Great Layout at Sylvies Ranch

Dan Hixson has done it again – a fabulous golf layout designed to fit the beauty of land he was presented. In the center of Oregon at the Links at Sylvies Ranch he took on an unusual challenge: 

Dan and gang at HideoutDesign a course that plays one direction on one day, and the opposite way on the next day. The canvas is an absolutely beautiful setting in a pristine Ponderosa Pine forest spread out into the low hills. Hixson didn’t cut any corners, and he didn’t let the two-way concept compromise the quality of any of the golf holes. So he added an extra 9 greens and incorporated those into the routing to keep the best shot values on each hole.

The ranch has taken names from the early pioneer history of the valley, naming the courses Craddock and Hankins after early settlers and the golf shop is the Hideout, with lovely views out to the valley. But Hixson didn’t quit there: he created a fun 9 hole par 3 short course called the Egan, after the Native American Paiute chief. Then, probably with a glint in his eye, Hixson starting planning a short but seemingly impossible course called McVey’s Gauntlet. It’s still in design and shaping, but anyone with an accurate shot and lots of balls should start practicing and getting in shape to walk up and down as they run the gauntlet.

Golf at SylviesIt took Hixson 8 years to go from design start to the soft opening summer of 2017, partly because of the short growing season and partly because he did most of the shaping by himself. When the golf courses mature a little more the rye/fescue turf will play firmer and faster than it does now, and they will be even more fun. Carts are allowed to run on the fairways on the 18 hole courses even, now, but the courses are walkable if you’re in good shape.

Log cabin at Sylvies

Sylvies Valley is also a “Retreat”, and not just for golfers. In fact, the accommodations may look like rustic log cabins, but they are actually very luxurious and beautifully furnished in western ranch style but with all the modern conveniences. The lodge has an excellent chef and a well-stocked bar, and even a stage coach overlooking the dining room. The Ranch is continuing to add various activities, such as fishing, shooting range, paddle boards and kayaks, mountain bikes, hiking, horseback riding and wagon rides, and relaxing in the pristine environment.

You can get some more information on the Silvies Ranch website.

Some practical tips: excellent guest wi-fi near the buildings, and I was able to make and receive phone calls when I set my Verizon phone to call over Wi-Fi. Other than that, I had no phone signal, and our phone golf app wouldn’t work. However the yardage book has excellent information. Private cars aren’t allowed in the complex, so guests are issued a personal golf cart with  lights to get around the area, and use on the golf course, as well as two way radios for each person, to communicate with each other, the restaurant, golf course, etc.  Staff is friendly and helpful.

This is a real working ranch as well, growing hay, cattle and goats they have bred themselves. It is all is owned by Dr. Scott Campbell and his wife Sandy and their children, who are friendly and pleasant and obviously hard working. One of the goals of the Campbell’s was to employ local people and buoy up the local economy, and they have added their personal touches throughout the ranch.

--Carla Smith


87530 Dew Valley Lane, Bandon, OR 97411