Established in 1914, Portland Golf Club is regarded as one of the most prestigious, challenging, and enjoyable member-owned golf clubs in the Pacific Northwest and continues to cultivate its place in history as a championship golf facility.
Located near the heart of Portland, but tucked away among Herculean fir trees, rolling greens and tightly manicured gardens, Portland Golf Club is an oasis, offering a golf experience unlike any other in the Pacific Northwest.
Planned in the tradition of the great golf clubs, the emphasis on the golf course and the game of golf is first and foremost. PGC is dedicated to providing a golf course enjoyable for players of all levels of ability. The picturesque golf course and newly remodeled clubhouse support golf and social functions that are compatible with the members’ and their families values and interests.
“Portland Golf Club holds a very special place in golf history,” said Thomas O’Toole Jr., USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “The USGA is proud to bring another championship to the club and add another page to the Portland Golf Club history book.“
From the late 1940’s through the mid 1960’s, Portland Golf Club hosted more than ten PGA Golf Events.
Golf’s legendary players have graced the greens of Portland Golf Club. They include Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Cary Middlecoff, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Peter Jacobsen, Payne Stewart, Kathy Whitworth, Donna Caponi, Nancy Lopez and more. Most recently, PGA tour winner Ben Crane, who grew up learning the game of golf as a PGC junior golfer, is now a third-generation member.
For the opening of the tournament on August 19, Don McLeod, executive sports editor of The Oregonian wrote that “123 of the nation’s top knights of the niblick were on the scene”. Hamby wrote this of the championship match: “Ben Hogan, the crown prince of professional golf for the past year, moved onto the throne Sunday at Portland Golf Club as he defeated Ed (Porky) Oliver, 6 and 4 to capture the 1946 National PGA Championship”.
Bob Hudson, the Portland grocery magnate and lifetime lover of golf, underwrote the expenses to resume the famed international competition between Britain and the United States after a 10-year hiatus for World War II. Only Sam King’s 4 and 3 victory over Herman Keiser prevented the American’s from a clean sweep of the competition.
Miller Barber’s final round 65 shocked the gallery and the field as he won going away, his 282 beating littler and Sikes by four shots. As Bob Robinson wrote in The Oregonian, Barber stole it: “Miller Barber, the man of many nicknames, lived up to all of them Sunday with spectacular come-from-behind victory in the $150,000 U.S. Senior Open at Portland Golf Club”.
On October 2, 1999 Portland Golf Club hosted the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. The weather was sunny, providing ideal conditions for the six-day tournament. Among the list of participants was Portland Golf Club’s own Jerry Cundari. The victory would go to Bill Ploeger, however, by defeating Gary Manzel 3 and 2 in the finals, Ploeger would go on to be the runner-up in the 2001 tournament as well.
“Portland Golf Club holds a very special place in golf history…the USGA is proud to bring another Championship to the club and add another page to the Portland Golf Club history book.”
–Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., USGA Vice President and Chairman of the Championship Committee.
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