Work continues on Salish Cliffs Golf Course in Shelton

Updated: June 29, 2010

Development of the championship golf course at the new Salish Cliffs Golf Club – an amenity of the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Little Creek Casino Resort near Olympia in Shelton, Wash. – has entered its grow-in phase. The course will open next spring.

Work began four years ago on the course but construction was put on hold in order to complete a huge expansion at the Little Creek Hotel and Casino.

Shaping and draining have concluded on the entire course, and construction is complete on 14 holes with grassing underway. Clearing and grading on the other four holes is progressing, and work has commenced on the expansive driving range.

Salish Cliffs was created by golf-course architect Gene Bates who is best know locally for his award winning design at Circling Raven in Worley, Idaho. Salish Cliffs boasts 360-degree views of the Kamilche Valley. Utilizing the area’s amazing natural attributes, Salish Cliffs will have 600 feet of elevation changes and play to a par-72 and 7,300 yards.

“With its awe-inspiring natural beauty, Salish Cliffs is going to be a majestic place,” says Bates. “It’s going to be a stern test for highly skilled golfers, but higher handicaps will enjoy the course’s scenery and fluidity.”

“Salish Cliffs is dramatically beautiful, comparable to famous courses nationwide,” says Ray Peters, Executive Director of the Squaxin Island Tribe. “It’s only a matter of time before Salish Cliffs is a staple among Pacific Northwest golfers and a favorite resort destination for visitors.”