Fire Forces Players to Evacuate Courses at Bandon Dunes

September 9, 2015

Two Bandon Dunes golf courses were evacuated earlier this week after a gorse fire burned more than 40 acres on the north side of the highly renowned resort in Oregon.

On Labor Day afternoon, fires arose after a ATV backfired into tall grass on the southern end of the Sheep Ranch (learn about the allure of the privately owned Sheep Ranch) that sits north of the main resort property, according to the Bandon Western World.

The resort posted an update on their Facebook page detailing the situation: “At roughly 2 PM a fire reportedly started on the south end of the Sheep Ranch property and jumped the road heading up the ridge toward Old Macdonald. The local fire agencies raced to the scene and our agronomy teams did a spectacular job, acting quickly to contain the fire. As a precautionary measure we evacuated Old Macdonald and Pacific Dunes. Old Macdonald will remain closed September 8th and reopen on the 9th.”

Bandon Dunes is home to four golf courses: Pacific Dunes (ranked No. 20 in the Top 100 World), Bandon Dunes (ranked No. 63 in the World), Old Macdonald (ranked No. 88 in the World) and Bandon Trails (ranked No. 49 in the U.S.). The resort tweeted out a photo of Old Macdonald saying it was back open for play.

“It all happened pretty fast and our team swept into action to help,” Bandon Dunes general manager Hank Hickox said. “But, as always, there was a great response from the Bandon Fire Department. I just want to thank the firefighters for their response, especially on a holiday. It’s reassuring to have these rescuers here.”

No one was reported injured in the fire.

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