This land on the south side of the Snake River was a fruit orchard when Joe McCollum started acquiring it in the 1960s. By 1970, McCollum owned the entire area that is now Canyon Springs Golf Course.
He hired Max Mueller to design his first golf course there in 1973. The original idea was to merge the golf courses at Canyon Springs with the country club across the river, but it never happened. Canyon Springs is open to the public and on average has 250 to 300 season pass holders.
The first nine holes were built in 1975, and Canyon Springs became an 18-hole course in 1983. In 1987 it added a second nine, designed by Bob Baldock.
Canyon Springs plans to revamp the golf course, change some holes and build a new clubhouse. The clubhouse — once a house on an old homesite — has been expanded over the years and includes a pro shop and Canyon Grill.
McCollum died in 2012, and the McCollum family owns the Canyon Springs land. "It was always Joe McCollum’s vision to share this beautiful property with the community," the golf course's website says.