Economic Good Times
The development of golf courses in the early-to-mid-’90’s was part of the phenomenon described by Jim Kopenhaver in the September 2013 issue of The Pelucid Perspective as the “build-a-course-a-day decade.” The supply of golf courses was seen as insufficient, lenders were gung-ho, and Tiger Woods’ dominance of the PGA tour was fueling a surge in the sport’s popularity. Courses seemed to be popping up everywhere, much to the delight of everyone, from beginners to the discriminating golfer, who welcomed the chance to play more than one course in their area. Eagle Point Golf Club was part of the wave caused by the rising tide of course construction.
Riding the Wave
Residents of Eagle Point, near Medford, in Southern Oregon, had long speculated about the Naumes property, known as Melrose Orchard, as a site for a golf course. The little valley had been a hay-growing operation for years when in 1992 Gregg Adams and Dan Bunn announced that they had contracted with Robert Trent Jones Jr. to develop a golf course there.