Golfers are a passionate crowd. To the uninitiated, the sport echoes a 1904 tongue-in-cheek commentary: “Golf has too much walking to be a good game, and just enough game to spoil a good walk.” But for those drawn in by the lure of club, ball, and green, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon.
Locally, Little Creek Casino Resort’s Salish Cliffs Golf Club is 320 acres of golfing delight. One of the top 10 Casino Courses and top 100 Resort Courses nationwide according to GolfWeek magazine, Salish Cliffs is also the world’s first Salmon Safe Certified golf courses.
David Kass, PGA Professional, both oversees the course and offers on-site instruction. He and his team keep the event calendar full and amenities running smoothly. “It’s convenient being on the same property as the resort,” he says. “We are also super easy to get to from Portland and Seattle given we are just an easy 15-minute drive from the I-5 exit near Olympia, and right off of Highway 101.
The other great thing about our layout and where we are is that it is huge at over 320 acres with no houses to be found anywhere on the course. You spend the majority of your round out amongst nature where you can barely see another golf hole. It is a relaxing place to get-away and enjoy nature and golf together as one.”
More than just a great place to let off some steam, Salish Cliffs makes it easy to turn a round of golf into a mini-vacation. “The course itself remains unchanged and is in great condition as usual in these summer months,” says Kass. “We have expanded on our highly popular Monday Ladies’ Nine and Wine by introducing our Beer, Brat, and Shot event on Thursdays starting at 4:30 p.m. for both men and women. For the kids we’ve added our Kids Play Free after 3:00 p.m. deal where a junior golfer (17 and under) plays free with a parent’s paid round after 3:00 p.m. seven days per week over the summer.”
If you’re not a golfer but find yourself tagging along, don’t worry, Salish Cliffs has you covered. “It’s amazing having great partners at the resort when it comes to running a golf operation! We are able to offer great Stay and Play Packages, and luxurious Seven Inlets Spa options, partner with the casino’s gaming side for offers, and ultimately just have lots for everyone to do when they come to the resort.
“Our guests, many not even golfers, have referred to the clubhouse restaurant, Salish Cliffs Grille, as the best kept secret for breakfast and lunches around,” shares Kass. “We are still amazed that after being open nearly seven years so many people are still discovering us for the first time.”
Tee times can be requested and paid for in advance via the Club’s website or app. You can contact PGA level instructors for individual lessons or arrange a professional club fitting session. There are also player development programs for adults, juniors, or ladies only.
Feeling confident enough to enter a charity tournament or golfing event? “While we’ve had quite a few events already, we still have several charity/fundraising golf events on the horizon,” says Kass. “We brought back our incredible Mulligan Madness promotion that allows our golfers to get a ‘mulligan’ on certain gaming options.”
Perhaps the most frequently asked question for the golfing team is a simple one. “The number one question we get is: How much is it to play golf?” responds Kass. “There are so many variables with days of the week, time of day, and events or conventions that could cause an increase in demand that make quoting a price difficult without all the facts. We highly suggest people utilize our online booking engine as our lowest prices and pre-paid specials are found there.
Salish Cliffs is located at 91 West State Route 108 in Shelton. Contact the Golf Shop at 360-462-3673 with questions seven days a week and hours vary by season. Or load up the clubs for a close-to-home escape from the daily grind.