Pacific Gales Working Toward Opening

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Pacific Gales’ 16th green overlooking Elk River basin and Pacific Ocean beyond • by Brian Oar

With Final Permitting in Place, Strong Interest in Founders Club

It’s been an eventful year for the experienced team behind the Pacific Gales golf course project along the Oregon Coast, just 30 minutes south of Bandon and 90 minutes north of the California border.

Pacific Gales opened 2016 with an Oregon Land-Use Board of Appeals victory, clearing the zoning hurdles that stood in the way of building the 18-hole modern links among the dunes of what many have called one of the most beautiful settings in the United States — on the bluffs of Knapp Ranch, just outside the small fishing village of Port Orford, and within view of the famed Cape Blanco Lighthouse.

And now, as partners Jim Haley and David Esler work to detail the construction timeline and tweak the final course routing, fundraising through the Pacific Gales Founders Club takes center stage throughout the remaining months of the year.

“We’re finally signing up Founder Club members and taking checks — and that means we’re getting close to making Pacific Gales a reality,” says Jim Haley, managing partner, who served as lead shaper on the original Bandon Dunes course. “It’s been a long process, but we always knew we’d get to this point. We could have rushed into the Founders Club more quickly, but we wanted to make sure we had all our bases covered — and we reached out for help from some of the best in the business.”

The Pacific Gales Founders Club offers a lifetime of free golf at the course along with a wide range of benefits. Founders pay no dues, no assessments and have no monthly minimums. In addition, a one-time transferal of a Foundership is also included in the package.

In the end, though, the team of Haley, Esler and Project Manager Troy Russell know seeing is truly believing — stepping foot on Pacific Gales sells itself.

“We’re having more and more potential Founders out to the site,” Russell says. “Once you climb that rather large dune where the Clubhouse will be, see the Lighthouse to the north and the Port Orford Reef Islands out west, you can’t help but get excited about what this stretch of Oregon coast will become. People want to be part of Pacific Gales from the beginning.”

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