Bandon Trails: Golf’s Greatest Hike
This Coore/Crenshaw marvel is the only inland course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, an epic journey through nature complete with compelling architecture.
Brian’s 2022 Season in Review: The Search for the Great Golf Course
This year, my journey into the world of golf writing has taken me to compelling venues across the state and country, where I saw firsthand what makes a golf course great.
Sheep Ranch: Bandon’s Best-Kept Secret, No Longer
Sheep Ranch, the newest course at Bandon Dunes, is a cliff-hanging adventure packed with amazing views that adds to the legend of the world’s greatest golf destination.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort: A Golfer’s Dream Come True
My first trip to Bandon Dunes confirmed what I had heard all along – that it is among the very best places for golf on the planet. By Brian Murphy.
Golf Course Review: Pumpkin Ridge, Witch Hollow (OR)
Pumpkin Ridge, Witch Hollow Rankings: Golf Digest: #8 OregonGolfWeek: #151 US Modern Courses Designer: Bob Cupp (1992) Most golf enthusiasts are familiar with the Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge for a number of reasons: It opened in 1992 as one of the top two new courses in the country; it still hosts an annual…
Golf Destination: Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (OR)
It is the Mecca of the American golf world, and the formula that has inspired remote golf destination resorts across the globe. It is the brainchild of Chicago businessman Mike Keiser, and the home of our nation’s number two, seven, twelve and fourteenth rated public golf courses and three of Golf.com’s top 100 courses in the world. It…
The Bandon Dunes Golf Experience: Video Journal
Last night, I was looking through pictures of my trip from Bandon while putting together my golf destination review, and I came across two massive video files: One from Monday and one from Tuesday of my buddy Greg and my recent golf trip to Bandon Dunes. Curious about what these could be (one was almost…
Golf Course Review: Bandon Dunes (OR)
Bandon Dunes Course Rankings: Golf Digest: #7 US public, #37 US top 100, #33 toughest, #2 OregonGolfWeek: #8 US modern, #5 US resort, #2 OregonGolf.com: #8 US public, #63 world, #34 US top 100, #2 Oregon Designer: David McLay Kidd (1999) Bandon Dunes was my first experience playing a David McLay Kidd course, which I…
Golf Course Review: Bandon Trails (OR)
Bandon Trails completes the triad of course types at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, being an absolutely world-class inland Coore/Crenshaw designed course that feels extraordinarily different from anything else on the property.
Golf Course Review: Old Macdonald (OR)
A throw-back masterpiece designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina, Old Macdonald is challenging links golf on one of the most beautiful plots of land you’ll find in America.
Golf Course Review: Pumpkin Ridge, Ghost Creek (OR)
Located less than 30 minutes northwest of Portland’s city center, Pumpkin Ridge is a beautiful golf venue that has played host to many big-time championship golf moments throughout the years, including David Duval’s win in the 1993 Nike Tour Championship, Tiger Woods’ final amateur championship and others including the Safeway Classic, Women’s Open Championship, US Girls’ Junior Championship, the US…
Golf Course Review: Pacific Dunes (OR)
Pacific Dunes Course Rankings: Golf Digest: #2 US public, #18 US top 100, 18 toughest, #1 OregonGolfWeek: #2 US modern, #1 US resort, #1 OregonGolf.com: #1 US public, #20 world, #12 US top 100, #1 Oregon Designer: Tom Doak (2001) While the course measures only 6,633 yards from the tips, extreme thought should be put…
Upcoming Golf Trip: Bandon Dunes (OR)
Bandon. Dunes. For years, I have looked at the website (Bandon Dunes website) and dreamed of the day when I can get there and play golf at the Mecca of American public golf courses. A lot of the guys at my home course North Hills Country Club have been to Bandon, and they all rave…
Stone Creek Golf Club (OR)
Stone Creek is an exceptionally well-designed, picturesque championship course in Oregon City, Oregon, and was the site of my first ever even par nine holes.
Looking Forward to: Pumpkin Ridge (OR)
A few weeks ago, I booked my flight to Portland, Oregon, to attend the annual Oregon Healthcare Association conference. While booking my flight online, I remember looking at the potential Sunday flights out of Milwaukee and thinking to myself that the 6 am would be brutal, and decided to instead go with a friendlier flight…