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Golf at Sunland now open to public

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New homeowners hope that Sunland Golf Membership, with a course recognized all through the area by golfers for its glorious greens and relaxed setting, can even come to thoughts as one thing else: open to the general public.

CH Funding Fund in late September introduced the acquisition of the 18-hole course simply north of Sequim.

Columbia Hospitality, a nationwide administration and consulting firm that makes a speciality of private and non-private golf course operations, together with Gold Mountain Golf Membership in Bremerton, McCormick Woods Golf Membership in Port Orchard and Semiahmoo Golf and Nation Membership in Blaine. (CH Funding Fund is an funding fund created in 2022 that is affiliated with Columbia Hospitality to put money into properties managed by Columbia Hospitality.)

Dave Williams, principal of CH Funding Fund, mentioned in an interview that Columbia Hospitality took over operations of the course in 2020 and that the course homeowners have been trying to promote.

“We had familiarity with the course and the visitors and the way it operated. “For a very long time it was a personal membership. That they had a board, it was working tremendous [but they] wished to golf. It is arduous when you could have 80 homeowners.”

The previous homeowners talked to another brokers to promote it however wound up swelling to CH Funding Fund.

“As an funding entity, as we talked by means of it, we thought ‘Let’s give it a go’,” Williams mentioned. “Sequim is rising, it is a spot to develop the golf inhabitants.

“We need to entice the senior group, but additionally new households coming in, single folks, individuals who take pleasure in golf.”

Previously a personal course, Sunland and its 6,265 yards of fairways and greens, has hosted quite a few championship tournaments, together with the WJGA District 1 Championship, WSGA Girls’s Beginner Championship and ESPN Nationwide BB Regional Championship, amongst others.

Its amenities embrace a big grass driving vary, observe space, totally stocked golf store, Fireplace & Stein restaurant and ballroom for occasions.

Williams mentioned the brand new possession has “eased” Sunland into open-to-the-public standing, providing numerous varieties of membership memberships (Premier, Govt, Twilight/Twilight Plus, Social and a First Responders membership for full-time firefighters, police or active-duty navy) together with driving vary passes and golf automotive leases.

“I feel lots of people view it as, ‘Oh it is that non-public course.’ We’ll attempt to get out into {the marketplace} that anybody who loves golf can come right here,” Williams mentioned.

Sunland joins The Cedars at Dungeness and SkyRidge Golf Course as public programs.

“It is a totally different expertise [than The Cedars at Dungeness],” Williams mentioned. “They’ve a beautiful golf course. Sunland is a really serene setting, relaxed.”

Williams mentioned the attractiveness of the course ought to be a draw for each golfers and people trying to take pleasure in a chew at Fireplace & Stein. The restaurant at 109 Hilltop Dr. is open 11 am-5 pm Thursdays and Sundays, and 11 am-8 pm Fridays and Saturdays.

“It is a spot to have a drink have a good meal, [to get] good high quality meals, good service, a calming environment,” he mentioned.

Williams mentioned that, other than altering a couple of irrigation heads and potential modifications to tee packing containers, he does not see any main modifications coming instantly to Sunland’s 18.

“What have been at all times taking about is tasks; what tasks can we do to boost the expertise for the golfer?” Williams mentioned. “Actually, from what I’ve seen, the the greens are improbable; they’ve completed a beautiful job.”

Arthur Vernon (AV) Macan, a prolific and revered Pacific Northwest golf course architect, initially designed the course. Williams mentioned it is potential Sunland may see a redesign sooner or later, however nothing is imminent. Sunland performs considerably slim for golfers, he mentioned, however taking out bushes may change the course as these bushes block daylight and might have an effect on the fairways and greens.

“We would like to open it up in sure spots,” Williams mentioned. “We’ll proceed to reevaluate it … [but] we’re not going to do something drastic.”

He mentioned there are some capital enhancements int he works, together with a brand new roof for the clubhouse, within the works.

Williams mentioned CH Funding Fund representatives deliberate to attend a gathering with the SunLand House owners Affiliation (SLOA), to attach with the group of about 915 owners who’ve on-property entry to tennis and pickle ball courts, swimming pool/spa and greenspaces/strolling trails adjoining to the course.

SLOA representatives didn’t reply to request for remark for this story.

Williams mentioned he hopes to attach with each golf and non-golfing neighbors, to assist each communities respect the non-public property and the course itself.

“We need to preserve the golf course for the golfers and the group at massive,” Williams mentioned. “We wish folks to come back [but] we additionally need to be good neighbors.”

Stated Williams, “We’re dedicated to the golf course and the group. We have labored with the course and with the earlier homeowners, so we all know what we’re entering into.”

For extra about Sunland Golf Membership, go to sunlandgolf.com.

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