Salish Cliffs: A tribe bets on a first-class golf course

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Washington |

Squaxin Island Tribe, owners of Little Creek Casino Resort, invest with ‘seven generations’ in mind. SHELTON, Wash. — On the 14th hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club, a 383-yard par-4 from the white tees, the golfer faces an intriguing second-shot decision from 170 yards or so. To reach the flag the shot must carry, to […]

Hickory golf: Playing an old game a new way with old clubs

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Oregon, Washington |

Northwest Hickory Players pay homage to the history of the game Fascinated by the history of golf, Martin Pool began playing with hickory-shafted clubs, dating from the late 1800s and the early decades of the 1900s, to become personally connected to the game as it was played a century ago. “What better way to understand […]

Chambers Bay: Mining a muni gem

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Washington |

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — For decades it was a quarry, mined for sand and gravel, the operation cutting away the hillside overlooking the lower Puget Sound, leaving a scarred landscape behind.