Renovations at Grants Pass Golf Club Delayed

A $1.5-million project to tear down the 38-year-old clubhouse at Grants Pass Golf Club and build a new $1.2-million structure hit a snag. The project also includes $300,000 in improvements to the 18-hole golf course. The course redesign is overseen by Jim Ramey, the superintendent at Crosswater, the acclaimed club at Sunriver Resort in central Oregon.

The project was approved by the members last July, but has been delayed because the city of Grants Pass has not extended a new water line into the site, a necessary requirement for the new clubhouse. Randy Hagerman, who wants to develop a subdivision called Whispering Meadow next to the club, has promised to pay most of the $400,000 needed to extend the line. But the subdivision sent up red flags and the city has held off extending the water line.

An appeal has also been filed to the subdivision’s conditional-use permit, and neighbors have expressed concerns about the increased traffic the 11-acre, 36-home subdivision will bring. The members originally hoped that work on tearing down the old structure and beginning work on a new clubhouse would have commenced last November. That hasn’t happened. They’re also concerned that, because of the delay in the new water line, they’ll be forced to play a nine-hole layout this summer while work on the new greens, bunkers and other course improvements takes place. A public hearing this March may accelerate the water permit, although other issues may also arise that may further cloud the project.