Inside Comments: Steve Turcotte

Belmor Park in Federal Way offers a 55+ lifestyle and golf with no green fees

Belmor Park is a hidden gem tucked away behind the Commons Mall. I had lived in Federal Way and driven all around the Commons Mall and never realized there was a terrific manufactured home community, nestled just off the road in a quiet community surrounded by lush trees.

The discovery of this park happened one day a few years back when I saw a couple of golf carts parked near the entrance and wondered what that was all about. It turns out, Belmor Park is not just a 55 and over housing community, but it also has a nine-hole golf course mingled throughout the property.

I was well under 55 at the time, and knew I couldn’t own a place there just yet, but wanted to see what the fuss was about. After a short drive, I discovered Belmor Park was a place that had something for everyone.

The golf part was intriguing enough, but I needed to investigate further. I drove around the facility and saw the executive-length course in good condition, for resident use only with no green fees. I closed my eyes and imagined being a little older, walking out of my house every morning for a round of golf- providing that Mother Nature cooperated.

But golf is not what it is all about at Belmor Park. There are a variety of amenities that come with ownership in the park. There is a community clubhouse available for parties with a full kitchen, monthly calendar events, an exercise room, craft room, and an indoor pool with a Jacuzzi and his/her dry saunas for daily use.

As for buying a home in the park, they offer new and used manufactured homes for purchase. Or, you can select a lot and custom order directly through the on-site sales office, since they are a dealership.

As I rolled my car out of Belmor Park years ago, I was amazed to see such a unique community tucked in the downtown streets of Federal Way.

o The Golf Season is approaching in the Pacific Northwest. The Portland Golf Show is Feb. 23-25 and Seattle’s Golf Show follows right behind on March 3-4th. It’s the perfect time to check out those destinations, and anything else that the NW courses might have to offer.