For Golf Course Developer, Patience is a Virtue

Dom Provost has been trying to make a go of a golf resort on his Ashland, Oregon property for 15 years. After purchasing the land in 1968, he decided to convert it into a resort. Provost received initial conceptual approval for the project in 1989. Ever since then, the project has been beleaguered by land- and water-rights issues.

But chalk one up for Provost. Fast-forward to January 2001, when the Oregon Water Resources Department gave conditional approval for a groundwater use permit. Local opposition appealed the decision. But on January 17, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Provost, upholding the department’s initial approval. As of September 2001, however, the project remains in abeyance.

With the patience of Job, Provost is still taking things one day at a time, wanting to see if the project opponents will appeal to the Supreme Court. They have until mid-April to do so. “That’s just the way it goes,” he said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”

The opponents consist of neighboring landowners, the Jackson County Citizens League, and the Friends of Ashland, a local environmental group, who say the area doesn’t have enough water to support a golf course. Several calls made by Cybergolf to the Jackson County Citizens League went unreturned.

Provost’s plans for the 200-acre site include an 18-hole championship golf course, a 96-room hotel and 110 condominiums.