Golf course can be even greater asset

As board members of the Enumclaw Ladies Golf Club, we would like to offer our insights regarding the golf course. It is a unique course, located in a wonderful setting and we believe it is a great asset with potential to become even more valuable for the City of Enumclaw.

There is an active Men’s and Ladies Club made up of approximately 250-300 members. These members range in age from their late teens to those in their 90s, come from all walks of life and vary in golf ability. They meet at designated days and times to play competitive rounds of golf and socialize. Members have donated time, energy and funds towards projects and equipment to enhance the course. Both clubs offer annual scholarships to graduating seniors from the Enumclaw High School golf teams.

The course is well known for being available to the children and young adults of our community. There have been clinics to introduce them to the game of golf. Generous tee times are made available for both practice and the matches with other schools hosted by the Enumclaw High School golf teams.

There is a very popular local”scramble” tournament every Thursday evening during the summer sponsored by the Lee Restaurant. Ten to twelve 4-person teams compete. Players range in age and ability. Any adult who wants to play is included.

Many week-end tournaments are played during the golf season. Sponsors are local and from out of town. The Men’s Club has an on-site facility available for after-tournament events as well as for a variety of rental functions throughout the year.

There are 3rd and 4th generations of families who play golf at Enumclaw. The clubhouse and restaurant are meeting places for both friends and families. There is an extremely interesting mix of people who, if not for golf, may never have met to enjoy each other’s company.

Considering that Enumclaw is not centrally located, the course sees a decent amount of local and out-oftown play during the summer months. The course has a good reputation among golfers regarding price, tee-time availability and having good food and friendly service at the restaurant.

More golfers could easily be enticed to play year around with improvements to the course. Drainage problems make the course nearly unplayable during the winter and early spring. The cart paths and fairways are in need of improvements. Many of the fairways and cart paths are extremely uneven and very hard on the golf carts.

We think the course is a valuable part of living and playing in Enumclaw. The game of golf is a great lifelong sport available to everyone. Our hope is that city leaders and the community will recognize the course as the wonderful asset it is and will support and enhance it for the use of generations to come.

Sincerely,

Members of the board of the Enumclaw Golf Course Ladies Club:

Linda Hiffman,

president; Beth Hansen, vice president; Judi Puttman, secretary; Jeanne Lyman,

treasurer; Patsy Parkhurst, handicap chairman; and

Dixie Jameyson,

member at large


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