The future of White Horse is looking up after recent sale to Suquamish Indian Tribe

Updated: April 30, 2010

Port Madison Enterprises announced in late February of this year that it has purchased the White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, WA for an undisclosed amount. Columbia State Bank ran the golf club after it bought American Marine Bank earlier this year, who took ownership of White Horse after it filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November of 2009 after getting in a $5 million hole.

Despite opening to glowing reviews in 2007, including being named as one of Golf Digest’s Best New American Courses, White Horse failed to attract enough prospective homeowners and golfers to the area to cover its massive construction project. With the housing market also taking a dive, White Horse was forced into foreclosure and then bankruptcy.

Amidst all the changes in management, Director of Golf Operations, Bruce Christy is one of the few employees that have been at White Horse since the very beginning. He was still optimistic about the course and ready to do all he could to help when it reopened under American Marine Bank back in November of 2009.

“Everyone is excited to be back to work,” Christy said in a Kingston Community News story. Christy’s crew then had the course ready and playable again just five days after first shutting down.

Port Madison is the business arm of the Suquamish Tribe, who is also the owner and operator of the Clearwater Casino and Resort, is optimistic and excited as well, being the new owners of the golf club. It was happy to acquire the club, as operating a golf course has been in its business plan all along.

“A golf course has always been included in our business model. It allows PME to further diversify the kinds of businesses we operate and ensures steady growth,” CEO Russell Steele said in a Port Madison press release.

White Horse is trying some new promotions and specials for golfers including its Week Day Early Bird Special, which is valid Monday thru Friday and allows people to tee off between the hours of 7:30 am and 9:30 am for only $23. Players can spend just a little bit more and ride the beautiful course for just $32.

For more information on green fees at White Horse, just call 360-297-4468 or visit their website at