Members of the University of Oregon’s golf team may be on their way toward driving and putting on a new home course – just for the university. News outlets including the Eugene Register-Guard have reported on a proposal from university alumni to create a privately-funded golf course for U of O’s men’s and women’s teams.
The university says the plans are still “just an idea”.
The course would cover about 130 acres, carved out of a nearly 800-acre property of farm and forestland near Creswell.
The proposed conversion of farmland to golfing is not popular with 1000 Friends of Oregon. Steve McCoy is the group’s farm and forest attorney.
“We are generally uncomfortable with taking farm and forest land out of agricultural use,” says McCoy. “Especially whenever it’s for a primarily urban use.”
But 1000 Friends says state land-use law considers a golf course an acceptable use of farmland.