Resort in Oregon gets approval to build golf course despite appeals

The Thornburgh Resort expects to have 1,000 homes, 475 overnight units and three golf courses when the property is complete
  • Coore & Crenshaw on site at their future course at Thornburgh Resort in Oregon

A resort in Oregon is getting closer to opening, which will bring more golf courses to the Beaver State.  

The Thornburgh Resort recently received approval from the Deschutes County Commission for the first phase of development. That includes a Coore & Crenshaw designed 18-hole championship course. Deschutes is located in central Oregon. The resort is planned to be built near the city of Redmond. 

This has not been an easy road for the resort. The Thornburgh Resort has been fighting for 10 years to break ground.

“To my knowledge, it is the most litigated local land use proposal in Oregon’s history,” said Peter Gutowsky, the planning manager with Deschutes County.

This project has been appealed multiple times since the mid-2000s. The latest was last month, which once again stalled the developer from making progress.

These concerns, raised by Central Oregon LandWatch and Deschutes County resident Nunzie Gould, center around how the golf course affects wildlife and whether the resort has secured enough water to operate without negative impacts to the environment.

According to The (Bend) Bulletin newspaper, the resort is expected to have 1,000 homes, 475 overnight units and three golf courses.

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