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Forest Fire Burns Edges of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

The Bandon Course You've Never Heard Of

Just up the road from Bandon Dunes is one of the game’s hidden treasures: the Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch. The no-frills layout has 13 greens on a raw, rolling plot, and chances are you'll have the place to yourself.

Just how close did a Sept. 8 forest fire in southern Oregon come to torching one of the best golf courses in the world? See for yourself.

A week after a gorse fire burned more than 40 acres on the north side of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, forcing the evacuation of its Old Macdonald and Pacific Dunes courses, the fringes of one of its celebrated tracks remains a bit, uh, toasty.

The fire started at about 2 p.m. when an ATV backfired and ignited the brush near the privately owned Sheep Ranch and spread toward Old Macdonald, ranked No. 48 in GOLF Magazine's most recent list of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Bandon Fire Department responded and contained the fire. No one was reported injured, and Old Macdonald reopened for play the following day.

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