The opening is imminent with a date likely coming next month.
The unveiling of the new Salish Cliffs Golf Club—the latest amenity of the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash.,—is imminent with an opening date likely coming next month, reports World Property Channel.
“We’re thrilled Salish Cliffs is ready for play and we look forward to opening what we strongly believe will be one of the best golf experiences in the country,” said Salish Cliff’s Head Professional David Kass, PGA (see “Getting In On the Ground Floor,” C&RB.)
Salish Cliffs was created by golf-course architect Gene Bates and rolls through natural vegetation and rock facings. The course boasts 360-degree views of the Kamilche Valley and dramatic elevation changes, including the par-4 12th hole with a tee box that sits on the property’s apex, some 650 feet above sea level.
All 18 holes and the driving range/practice facility feature T1 bentgrass turf. The log and cedar clubhouse—which reflects the style and structure of Little Creek Casino Resort—sits next to a deep ravine and its wrap-around porch and mezzanine will overlook hole Nos. 9 and 18, which share a 15,000-foot green. The clubhouse also plans to include a full-service golf shop and restaurant.
With the expected late summer opening, head superintendent Bob Pearsall and his staff aerated the Salish Cliffs greens in early July, instead of waiting for September, a plan most area courses utilize.
“The greens are already nearly fully recovered and we expect them to be in pristine condition through the remainder of the golf season,” said Pearsall, who was hired last summer and played a major role in the course’s grow-in.
Another local addition to the golf team is assistant golf professional Chris Koch, a 28-year-old graduate of Western Washington University who began his new position in June after spending the last five seasons at Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii.
Salish Cliffs Golf Club sits adjacent to Little Creek Casino Resort, which recently completed a hotel expansion and an enhancement of the casino floor. Owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe, Little Creek Casino Resort features nearly 190 luxurious, well-appointed rooms and more than 1,000 slots and table games.
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