As the first golf course on the Southern Oregon Coast, Coos Country Club, as it was formerly known, was founded in February 1923 by I.R. Tower. “Ike” brought the game from Grays Harbor, Washington where he made trips to court the girl he married. At its first meeting the board, including Tower, Claude Nasburg, W.J. Conrad and A.E. Adelsperger, voted to purchase the Watson Ranch property for $8,000.
The original nine holes were designed by H. Chandler Egan. He was a prominent amateur golfer, winning the NCAA in 1902, and the U.S. Amateur in 1904 and 1905. Egan won the Western Amateur four times, and the Pacific Northwest Amateur five times from 1915 to 1932. Other Oregon courses he designed include Eugene Country Club (1912), Riverside, Eastmoreland, Oswego Lake, Tualatin, Rogue Valley and Hood River. He redesigned Pebble Beach in 1928, specifically for the 1929 U.S. Amateur, where he reached the semi-finals at age 45.