Havemeyer Trophy Tours the South Coast of Oregon
THE 120TH U.S. AMATEUR IS HERE!
Thanks to our friends and supporters on the South Coast for helping usher in the next chapter of U.S. Amateur history and welcome the coveted Havemeyer Trophy to the area.
THE HAVEMEYER TROPHY TOUR
Bandon Dunes is proud to be hosting the 120th U.S. Amateur Championship on August 10-16. Founded to bring links golf to the avid American golfer, Bandon Dunes has a long history of hosting amateur championships and the U.S. Amateur is the pinnacle of amateur golf.
The event will be contested on Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails as the best amateur golfers in the world compete for a place in history alongside legendary players like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, and early pioneers of the game like C.B. Macdonald and Chick Evans, who shaped the future of golf course design and inspired the development of Bandon Dunes. Be sure to tune into the match-play rounds live on The Golf Channel, Aug. 12-16!
In honor of such a prestigious event, we took the famed Havemeyer Trophy on a tour of some of our community gems and local businesses! Click any image below for the gallery view or scroll to see the Havemeyer's tour of the South Coast!
Coquille River Lighthouse
The first stop on the trophy tour was at one of Oregon's famous coastal landmarks - The Coquille River Lighthouse! First built in 1891, and later renovated in 1976, this lighthouse helped guide mariners across dangerous waters. Parks and beaches surrounding the lighthouse are open to the public and serve as a great location for picnics, camping, and other outdoor activities.
Next up, our friends south of town at Bandon Crossings welcomed the trophy for another view of the coast! Southern Oregon has some spectacular golf courses to play on your way to or from Bandon Dunes. Head PGA Golf Professional Jim Wakeman and his team are always gracious hosts!
Lord Bennett's Restaurant
Lord Bennett's, a unique restaurant on the South Coast that prides itself on serving seasonal and local ingredients, offers a stunning ocean and sea stack view from your table. Who is Lord Bennett? We thought you might ask. George Bennett was born in Bandon, Cork County, Ireland, in 1827 and is known for founding the town of Bandon, Oregon. After an overseas journey, Lord Bennett found a sparsely populated region at the mouth of the Coquille River that he found to be 'an ideal location for future economic development, thanks to its vast stands of timber, close proximity to the ocean, and the mouth of a navigable river.' He is also known for introducing gorse to Oregon's South Coast. You now know who to thank when you head into this prickly shrub to search for your golf ball.
Moore Oregon Lumber Co.
Moore Mill has been a local supporter of many past USGA championships at Bandon Dunes, including the U.S. Amateur! The mill is a family-owned timber company that provides employment to the South Coast community through the sustainable management of its tree farms.
Foley's Irish Pub
Nothing is better than feasting on traditional Irish pub fare, especially while watching the U.S Amateur being played on an authentic links golf course that pays homage to the great links courses of the British Isles! Foley's is located in downtown Bandon and provides an ideal location to catch your favorite game or match!
Arcade Tavern is a frequent stop after a long day out on the links. It’s a popular spot for Bandon Dunes caddies, who will always stop for a chance to take a photo with the trophy!
Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, the grant-making department of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, is committed to supporting communities along the South Coast. WRCA awards grants to organizations that foster community collaboration and drive economic opportunities in a way that preserves and respects the health and integrity of the region’s natural resources and local community values. The WRCA team and its grantees showed the Havemeyer trophy a little taste of what the south coast has to offer!
Circles In The Sand
One of the most relaxing things to do on the Southern Oregon Coast is to take a walk along the beach. Thanks to Circles in the Sand, visitors and residents can find inner peace by exploring the hand-drawn labyrinths in the sand.
Twin Creek Blueberries
The Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail is a network of farms, restaurants, and tourism spots that all provide an amazing south coast experience. Instead of Farm to Table, think more like farm to mouth! Twin Creek had these past USGA championship flags flying high when the Havemeyer Trophy arrived!
Kayak Boat Dock
The new kayak launch on the east side of Bandon's boat basin represents a collaboration between Travel Southern Oregon Coast, Oregon South Coast Regional Tourism Network, Oregon Coast Visitors Association, and the Port of Bandon! The new boat launch provides easy access to the Coquille River estuary for boaters using non-motorized vessels such as kayaks, paddleboards, or canoes.
Whiskey Run Mountain Bike Trail
The Whiskey Run Mountain Bike Trail, located just east of Sheep Ranch at Bandon Dunes, offers close to 30 miles of coastal forest bike trails, unique to the Oregon Coast. It is great for the whole family or more experienced bikers who love those black diamond trails.
Cosmo the Puffin (The Washed Ashore Project)
Coquille Point is one of Bandon's must-see spots! Wild Rivers Coast Alliance teamed up with long time grantee, The Washed Ashore Project, and many other local partners to build and install this amazing puffin named, “Cosmo.” Washed Ashore uses marine debris found on the South Coast's beaches to build and exhibit aesthetically powerful art. The goal of the project is to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in the ocean and waterways in hopes of sparking positive change in consumer habits. The Washed Ashore Project creates art to Save the Sea!
Final Stop... Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
The field is set for the 2020 U.S. Amateur and more than 200 players are vying to hoist the coveted Havemeyer trophy on Championship Sunday. Best of luck to all players and thank you again to our loyal supporters and partners! Visit the U.S. Amateur website to read more about the field and follow all Championship updates.