‘You want to look at a piece of land?’: Serendipitous events paved way for trio to build Pumpkin Ridge

The WinCo Foods Portland Open, which returns PGA tournament golf to the Portland area for the first time in decades from Aug. 18-24, is not the first premier event to be staged at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. … The jewel of a course tucked into farm land by North Plains in Washington County just north of Highway 26 is the brainchild of original owners Marv French, Gay Davis and Barney Hyde, who had the foresight to purchase the 341-acre site on Dec. 18, 1987, for $570,000 — $1,668 an acre. … In September 1987, French — a Roseburg native and Westmont (Calif.) College grad who had a career in financial management and was CFO at Sunriver for five years in the early 1970s — received a call from Sunriver pro Verne Perry. more

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