EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The Eagle Point Golf Club is honoring an iconic golf course architect. People who live in Eagle Point were out at a fundraiser on Wednesday, welcoming Robert Trent Jones, Jr. back to one of his own courses.
Robert Trent Jones, Jr. said being back in Eagle Point is making him feel very nostalgic. Since it opened in 1996, it’s remained a special course for him, which is significant since he’s designed more than 270 courses all over the world.
The Eagle Point Golf Club has been suffering from some financial troubles for the past few years, but some members of the community say it’s at a turning point, thanks to a new owner.
Robert Hyer purchased the Eagle Point Golf Club in July. Hyer says the architect’s legend is a very big reason why he bought the course.
“There’s something about it. He picks up on the spirit of the land, and designs the course within that, and you feel it when you play a course of his, unlike many other courses that I’ve ever played,” said Hyer.
Hyer added that the local community has played a big role in bringing the course back up. The charity golf tournament proceeds from Wednesday will go to Habitat for Humanity.
Since Hyer took over the course he’s added to the instructional programs, started up a golf shop inside the clubhouse, and opened a new fine dining restaurant. He says he has high hopes new members will come with the new changes.