TUESDAY 02-12-2013 - Guests include Layne Frambes - 37 state CHL class this weekend, State Rep. Esaquivel, Dr. Dennis Powers, Dr. Matthew Bunson on the retiring pope.

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Today I talked with Layne Frambes of "Chameleon Security Enhancement and Protection". This Saturday at the Medford Armory from 9-3:30, Layne (retired Federal Law Enforcement)  and Troy Snider (Navy Seal Sniper Vet) are teaching a one day class which  certifies you for Concealed Carry in 37 states, including Oregon. Cost is $85, REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Call 541-733-6698 or e-mail Layne to reserve your spot, which is limited to 60 people. They also cover Use of Force, Oregon laws pertaining to force, how to survive an Active Shooter situation, what to expect after a shooting situation, and a lot more.  $85 per person - Call 541-733-6698.

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8:10 from today - DR. DENNIS POWERS "Visiting Past and Present"

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The Rogue Valley Country Club

By Dennis Powers

By the turn of the Century, golf clubs existed throughout Oregon (i.e., Portland and Eugene). Still, golf clubs were predominately used socially and associated with the well-to-do. This association with the leisure class slowly eroded during the coming years when amateur stars such as Chandler Egan brought interest to this as a sport and not for purely social reasons.

As Medford and Southern Oregon boomed in the early 1900’s, a group of Mid-Western and Eastern affluent businessmen--who had flocked to the Rogue Valley during the orchard boom--decided to form a golf club. In 1911, on property on Hillcrest Road east of Medford, the country club opened with tennis courts, a skeet range, clubhouse, gardens, and nine holes of golf. Over the next ten years, the Medford Golf and Country club closed due to financial problems, re-opened at a smaller site, and closed its doors again due to its precarious financial situation. The failures were in no small part owing to the orchard bust.

In 1923, however, with the local economy improving, the group formed again and bought 70 acres of the original club property. It selected Chandler Egan, the former national amateur golf champion (twice) and a recognized course designer, to be its course architect. He had also won four Western Amateur titles, an Olympic silver medal, five Pacific Northwest championships (over time), and later two championship Walker Cups, to name only a few. 

Egan thought that the land was ideal due to its “interesting terrain, attractive shade trees, and plenty of water nearby.” He donated his services to the new club, as well as serving on the new club’s board of directors. On May 3, 1924, the Rogue Valley Country Club (“RVCC”) opened on the original site with a nine-hole golf course and a limited 100-person membership. Three years later, Chandler Egan designed the second nine holes to bring RVCC to an eighteen-hole course of play.

In 1937 the Rogue Valley Country Club erected a drinking fountain as a memorial to its most famous member, Chandler Egan, who had died one year before. Bobby Jones, Egan's longtime friend, and Grantland Rice, the noted sportswriter, among others traveled to Medford to attend the ceremony. Over his twenty years of course design, Chandler Egan had designed or re-designed over twenty courses in Washington, Oregon, and California, including Pebble Beach.

Today, the RVCC has grown to its present complex with 27-holes, 600 golf members, and 550 social members. Some of the amenities are: a driving range, three putting complexes, pro shop, tennis courts, and a swimming pool with a 38,000 square-foot Craftsman-style clubhouse with banquet facilities, offices, conference rooms, and lounges. The par-72 course is 6,666 yards long. 

See “History of Rogue Valley Country Club” at; “National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Egan, H. Chandler and Alice B. House” at



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