New Salish Cliffs course in Shelton will open up for play in this month

Updated: August 31, 2011

The highly anticipated unveiling of the brand new Salish Cliffs Golf Club – the latest amenity of the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Little Creek Casino Resort – is imminent with an opening date set for September 16.

“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.

Located within a short drive from Olympia and Seattle, Salish Cliffs Golf Club ( is a par-72, 7,269-yard championship layout providing an intimate setting with 16 of 18 holes encircled by lush forestry.

Salish Cliffs was created by renowned 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.

Salish Cliffs has five sets of tees. The black “tips” received a rating/slope of 74.6/137 from the USGA while the 5,313-yard forward tees come in with a 70.7 rating and 125 slope.