Portland Golf Club began in the winter of 1913 when a group of nine businessmen assembled to form a new club. The present site was chosen due to its relation to the SP&S railroad's interurban line that supplied frequent passenger service to the site as automobiles and roads were scarce in those days.
Members turned laborers and spent many a weary day burning brush, rubbing stumps, leveling fairways and forming greens. The first nine holes opened for play on May 30, 1914.
Today the course retains the integrity and flavor of its rich heritage. As the oldest member-owned golf club in Washington County, Portland Golf Club provides a center for social and leisure activities for its members, their families and friends.
PGC's membership is comprised of business, civic, athletic and social leaders who value the ability to congregate in this very unique setting.
In order to maintain a tradition of excellence and to assure alignment with its member-owners, PGC's Board of Directors and a number of specialized member committees guide the activities, governance, finances and capital investments of the club.
History and Tournaments
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.
1947 Ryder Cup U.S. Team
PGC also boasts the 1947 Ryder Cup roster in addition to Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, to include Lloyd Mangrum, Porky Oliver, Lew Worsham, Byron Nelson, Herman Carron and Jimmy Demaret. Nor the winners of Fred Meyer Challenges- players such as Curtis Strange, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Payne Stewart, Isao Aoki, Paul Azinger, Bob Tway and Peter Jacobsen.
Bobby Jones entertained the members with an exhibition in 1934. The legendary Ben Hogan shot 65-69-63-64 to win the 1945 Portland Open. The 63--tied by Dr. Cary Middlecoff at the Western Open--stands to this day as the course record. Ben Hogan captured his first major at the prestigious PGA Championship in 1946 and the following year led the American team to a near clean sweep of the British team in the 1947 Ryder Cup. PGC has hosted seven Portland Opens, five Portland Classics as well as the 1969 Alcan Championship, and the 1982 U.S. Senior Open.
The following is a list of national and major section tournaments held at Portland Golf Club:
1934 Women's Western Open
1945 Portland Open
1946 PGA Championship
1947 Ryder Cup
1955 Western Open
Portland Opens; 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948,1959, 1960, 1964
1969 Alcan Open
The LPGA Portland Classic: 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976 & 1979
1982 U.S. Senior Open
Oregon Amateur: 1921, 1924,1933, 1937, 1947, 1956, 1965, 1977 & 1988, 2006
1999 U.S. Senior Amateur
PNGA Men: 1928 & 1959
PNGA Women:1976 1999 & 1985
PNGA Women: 1976 & 1985
Fred Meyer Challenge: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2010