Developer eyeing Oregon Boy Scouts property

A golf course developer wants to build a beachfront course in Tillamook County

A golf ball on a tee in Portland (KOIN 6 News/Ellen Hansen)
A golf ball on a tee in Portland (KOIN 6 News/Ellen Hansen)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A prominent Chicago developer is considering buying a popular Boy Scouts property on Oregon’s north coast to build a new golf course.

The Oregonian reports that Mike Keiser is in talks with the Portland-based Cascade Pacific Council of Scouts about building a 200-acre, 18-hole beachfront course in Tillamook County.

Keiser owns the Bandon Dunes golf resort in Coos County along with luxury courses across the U.S. and abroad.

Council leaders say they are considering leasing the coastal strip because revenue shortages have left them with more properties than the organization can afford. The 790-acre property includes the Meriwether and Clark scout camps.

The council leaders say they have not discussed financial details with Keiser.

A contingent of Scouts has mobilized to fight the proposed lease.

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