Preliminary planning consent for new Oregon golf course

The sandy clifftop site for Pacific Gales (pic: Brian Oar)

The proposed Pacific Gales golf course on the coast of southern Oregon could start construction this summer, with preview play as early as autumn 2015, after the Curry County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the developers’ request for a conditional use permit, the first stage in the planning process.

The proposed course will be built on a portion of the privately-owned Knapp Ranch near the village of Port Orford, and around 30 miles south of the Bandon Dunes golf resort. The development team is led by Jim Haley, who worked as a shaper on the original Bandon course, and Troy Russell, the Bandon resort’s first superintendent.

Chicago-based golf architect Dave Esler, who is slated to design the course, and is also a partner in the development, said: “We believe the Planning Commission recognised the positive effect Pacific Gales will have on the area and our proactive approach to protecting the environmental assets of the land while restoring native habitat.”

The course is planned for a 354 acre site, including several holes on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. A clifftop double green is planned for the ninth and eighteenth holes.

Pending final approval by the Curry County Board of Commissioners, work on the site could begin this summer. Weather permitting, preview play could be possible in late 2015, with a grand opening anticipated the following spring.

“The routing is intentionally choreographed, constructed as theatre really. We set the hook early, move away from the edge, build the drama again with long views, intimate peeks and anticipation of what’s ahead — the spectacular finish. We’d be pretty fortunate to be able to do that with one of the nines, but after a good bit of work, we’ve found a routing that provides that drama on each of the nines,” said Esler. “We recognise we have a lot of work ahead of us and this is an important first step. We are grateful and humbled by the overwhelming support we've received from the folks in the Port Orford area – and we’re hopeful and excited to become a vital member of their community.”

Discussion

comments powered by Disqus

Share this page

Latest Golf Design News

By Sean Dudley | 30 October 2014

Paul Albanese overseeing progression of new course at Tatanka Golf Club

Development at resort in Nebraska set to open for play next year.

By Sean Dudley | 30 October 2014

East nine at Sawgrass Country Club reopens for play

Robert Walker oversees second phase of three-year restoration at Florida club.

By Sean Dudley | 29 October 2014

Official opening of The Els Club Teluk Datai takes place in Malaysia

Course on Langwaki first of three Els Club developments set to open in country.

By Sean Dudley | 29 October 2014

Tom Doak set to carry out renovations to Goat Hill Park course

GCA speaks to John Ashworth about project to make enhancements to Californian muni.

By Sean Dudley | 28 October 2014

Schiffer and van Nieuwenhuizen collaborate for Azerbaijani golf centre

Training and practice centre located within existing racecourse in city of Baku.

By Adam Lawrence | 28 October 2014

White designs new nine hole facility as English golf centre starts transformation

Bournemouth course plans multi-year rebuild and expansion of practice facility.

By Sean Dudley | 28 October 2014

Bechtol oversees major renovation at The Golf Club of Texas

Course becomes first in state to feature Zoysia grasses throughout.

By Adam Lawrence | 27 October 2014

Norman hails newly-opened Bluffs course on Vietnamese coast

‘True links’ could rank among world’s best, says Aussie golf legend.

New Features and Interviews

By Pat Ruddy | 21 October 2014

Revitalising a Colt classic at County Sligo Golf Club

Pat Ruddy describes his plans to update the Rosses Point course at Irish club.

By Adam Lawrence | 22 September 2014

Could golf help support Greece’s plans for economic revival?

Adam Lawrence returns to Costa Navarino to find two courses open for business.

By Stuart Yarwood MG | 27 January 2014

A light bulb moment: the story behind Tom’s Locker

Stuart Yarwood describes how he came to create his one-stop shop for greenkeepers.

By Adam Lawrence | 16 January 2014

Continental drift? The current state of golf development in Asia

Has golf development stalled in Asia, or is there still momentum across the continent?

Supplier Directory

Newsletter

Get the latest golf industry news delivered directly to your inbox!