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Exciting New Changes at Gold Mountain

Spring has sprung at Gold Mountain Golf Club, even if the weather is a little late to the game.

We are full steam ahead for our busy months and have full confidence that the rain is behind us and sunny days are to come!

In the anticipation of spring, Gold Mountain has undergone a bit of a face lift.

The clubhouse and Olympic room look incredible and feel brand new having just received a fresh coat of stain!

The improvements aren’t just inside the building, we are currently in the process of updating out Grand Patio!

Our new items are not in quite yet but keep your eyes peeled for beautiful new patio furniture.

Couple with the beautiful blossoming flowers around the property, Gold Mountain is a sight to be seen.

The golf course has also seen a notable change on our Cascade Course!

The fifth hole on the Cascade Course saw some renovations this off-season!

The fifth hole on the Cascade Course saw some renovations this off-season!

The par four fifth hole has been transformed into a par five and continues to be the hardest hole on the course.

Our maintenance staff has done a fabulous job with the transition and continue to uphold the quality of our golf courses each day.

We have also seen a change in our technology world at Gold Mountain.

We are very excited to introduce our new website, and along with that an entire new point of sale system.

This new system allows our guests to book their tee times online, directly with

Visit the new website at www.goldmountaingolf.com

Visit the new website at www.goldmountaingolf.com

the course, and they are guaranteed the lowest rates available!

With this new technology, we now have the capability to check guests in outside of the Golf Shop, so not more waiting in lines trying to get to your tee time.

Once you check-in once the system retains your information and your preferences in our system, this makes your return visits to Gold Mountain easier each time.

The system even extends to our snack shop and beverage carts!

We want to continuously improve your experience at Gold Mountain and everything we do is for the enjoyment and ease of our guests.

Our goal is to make Gold Mountain Golf Club your number one golf destination!

Make a tee time online or call the restaurant at 360.415.6895 to make a reservation today.

Jesse McGee
Sales and Planning Manager

More Than Just a Mower

As the golf season quickly approaches I wanted to take you behind the scenes of what goes into maintaining the entire Gold Mountain golf complex.

The greens are a crucial part to the success of our golf courses, we mow on both courses every day (weather permitting) during the summer at a height of cut (HOC) of .110 inches.

Our team members hard at work on an early morning!

Our team members hard at work on an early morning!

It takes two mowers per course and totals about four hours a day to mow all 36 greens, and immediately after cutting we take one roller out and smooth the greens.

We set up both courses every day, this includes cutting fresh cups (holes), picking up broken tees on each tee box, sanding and seeding divots on the tee boxes, moving tee stones and benches, emptying all trash bins, and moving/fixing the ropes on the course.

One team member is devoted to this task on each course, taking between four and five hours to complete, depending on how much play there was the day before.

Moving on down the hole, we mow our short cuts of grass at a HOC of .450 inches, this includes tees, approaches, and fairways.

These areas of both courses are mowed two days a week and take about six hours per course, with two team members on Olympic and one on Cascade.

The areas we consider our rough take the longest for team members to complete.

The area surrounding the greens take between 16 and 20 hours for two team

Our dedicated team doesn't let a little rain stop them from keeping the course looking beautiful.

Our dedicated team doesn’t let a little rain stop them from keeping the course looking beautiful.

members to complete between both courses, the area surrounding the tees take up to 16 hours to complete on Cascade and only four to six hours on Olympic, and the rough takes about 10 to 14 hours to complete on Olympic, whereas Cascade can take up to 40 hours to complete depending on traffic throughout the property.

Our rough areas are moved at 2 inches throughout the property, apart from Olympic course tee surrounds, which are mowed at 1.25 inches.

While we are proud of the entire golf complex, we especially take pride in the condition of our sand traps.

The Cascade course sand traps are raked once a week using a Sand Pro, followed by hand raked edges, and manually pulling of weeds.

The Olympic sand traps are hand raked throughout and weeded three to four times per week.

There are various other tasks that take place throughout the week depending on weather, overall it takes our team up to five hours to complete sand trap care.

Filling divots with a sand and seed mix is one of our ongoing projects on both courses, and as long as we have golfers this will continue to be a big point of concern.

We dedicate a minimum of two and a half hours a day with two team members just to our practice area recovery and our fairways get their divots filled as often as possible, which ends up equaling up to 30 hours per week for our team.

Fertilizing and spraying the property is done on a regular basis throughout the year.

We do one granular fertilizer application on both courses that covers everything, except our greens, and this takes one person up to 35 hours to complete.

We then spray our greens, fairways, and tees with a variety of fertilizers and other products to continue growing healthy grass, this process totals about 20 hours per week for two team members to completely over the entire property.

A key part to our success includes the topdressing, venting, aerating, and verticutting of our greens, fairways, and approaches.

Topdressing our greens is done every four weeks, this improves overall playability and takes four people about five hours to complete.

Venting, aerating, and verticutting is implemented within each four-week window and takes one to two employees up to six hours a week to complete.

There are a few final miscellaneous jobs that we try to squeeze into an already tight working window.

Hand watering is a crucial part in maximizing course conditions, we dedicate 20 to 26 hours a week to hand watering localized dry spots across the property.

Irrigation issues are also an ongoing struggle and are difficult to anticipate, between the Cascade and Olympic course roughly 15 to 20 man hours are dedicated to prevention and repair of the irrigation systems each week.

Lastly, cleanup on the course is always a top priority, anything including trash, debris, tree limbs, divots, etc. is considered a cleanup item.

We try to accomplish this before our guests arrive so they have the best

It is a never-ending process to keep our course in such great shape year-round.

It is a never-ending process to keep our course in such great shape year-round.

experience possible, this process takes about seven hours on each course to complete.

None of our course maintenance would be possible without the work of our two mechanics, Andrew Goodell and Jim Gregoire.

We have well over 60 pieces of equipment here at Gold Mountain, and they are responsible for making sure each piece of machinery is running and cutting perfectly.

This includes everything from string trimmers and chainsaws, to mowers and carts, and even our tractors.

They are also responsible for making sure the fleet of 127 golf carts at the Golf Shop is working properly.

And as if that is not enough, they make time to help on the golf course whenever assistance is needed.

It is pretty obvious that it takes a tremendous amount of man hours to maintain at 36-hole facility.

We are able to achieve this with five full-time team members on the Cascade course, six full-time team members on the Olympic course, seven seasonal members, two mechanics, and a superintendent.

There is so much more that goes on outside of what I have listed here, but needless to say it is very impressive what this group of people can do in such a limited amount of time.

We love Gold Mountain Golf Club and we want to make sure our guests love it just as much.

Patrick McKenzie
Gold Mountain Golf Club

Spring is Here…Kind of

According to the calendar spring is here, but the weather sure has a funny way of showing it!

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It is always a fun time at our annual Demo Day event! Even with the rain, this year was no exception.

On Saturday, April 8 we hosted our spring Demo Day, and while the weather didn’t completely cooperate, all the guests and vendors were nothing but smiles.

We host Demo Day every spring and it gives our guests a chance to try all the new equipment on the market and receive a nice discount on that new set of irons they’ve been eyeing.

This year’s event felt different than any other we’ve hosted before.

To say our winter and early spring have been bad would be an understatement, probably the worst I have seen in my 28 years, but what struck a chord with me was the upbeat, positive attitude of every one of our guests.

Everyone was so excited to be at Demo Day and it reminded me of why we all love golf in the Pacific Northwest.

I know I have hung my head several times this winter wondering if it would ever end, but our Demo Day really reiterated that the season is upon us regardless of if the sun comes out to play.

So, while the weather may be a little tardy to the party, grab your umbrella and rain gear and get golfing.

Daryl Matheny
General Manager

Grab-N-Go Convenience for Golfers

When it comes to deciding a grab-n-go menu for our golfers we strive to make the hot and cold products readily available at your fingertips.

The placement of the snacks, soda, Gatorade, and water, is easily accessible in the pro shop during registration, or at a nearby entry or exit to the golf course.

Hot items ordered in the restaurant at the turn, such as a huge Chef Jon burger, will take no longer than 8-12 minutes for our golfer’s in-between their nine holes so they do not lose their place on the course.

On course, we provide beverage carts and two full-service concession shops to cater to your needs during a round.

Grab-N-Go

We love sunny days on the patio! Can’t wait for summer to get here.

Join us before or after in the restaurant and have a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and enjoy one of our drinks designed with golfers in mind.

We take great pride in being able to customize any menu to fit your specific event requirements whether you have a group of 30 guests or 300.

A big highlight to all events at Gold Mountain is our big screen TV that is always showing local and national sporting events.

When you visit us for golf retreats, weddings or corporate meetings, please take advantage of our outstanding views of the Olympic Mountains and the beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery.

We will be hiring food and beverage employees for our upcoming 2017-2018 season in March.  Join our exciting team today!

Happy Eats,
Chef Jon Forcier

Indulge in Your Love for Golf at Gold Mountain

The rain has washed away our February snow, revealing the bright greens below.

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It’s Valentine’s Day at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

This week we’ve laid out ideas for your golfing valentine. Special prices on gift ideas like “His and Hers” golf club sets, warm fleece jackets, and new golf balls.

Combine these with a couple’s golf lesson to create a thoughtful date-night invitation.

Be sure to come by and treat your Valentine to one of these great gift ideas or a gift card, (add golf and dinner too!)

We’re also preparing for the new line up of golf clubs for 2017. (Which means closing out the 2016 Demo’s at great deals!)

This month we’ll be receiving the new demos for Taylor Made M1 & M2 and Callaway’s Great Big Bertha Epic while preparing for the clubs to hit the sales floor in March.

Titleist Display

Get prepped for the season!

Plan to call for your fitting appointment with a golf professional soon at 360.415.5432.

The New Titleist 917 D2 and D3 drivers and F2 and F3 fairway woods, as well as the new Titleist ProV1 and ProV1x golf balls are available today!

Come roll some putts with the 2016 Odyssey works putter now $30 off.

Check out the Ping G30 line at reduced prices.

They’re an excellent value with high end technology and performance.

Wondering about GM’s Annual Demo Day?

This year’s demo day is planned for Master’s Saturday, April 8 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Come try out all the new clubs from Callaway, Ping, Taylor Made, Titleist, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, and Wilson.

Enjoy the new beers on tap, drawings for prizes all day, and get immersed in Master’s fever.

Now that the snow has come and gone, it’s a good time to gear up and get ready for spring golf!

A Time to Reflect at Gold Mountain

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It’s been a year of big changes!

As we move deeper into fall, I want to take a second and reflect on the season and what we’ve accomplished so far at Gold Mountain.

Both golf courses saw some upgrades this year, so let’s start with the Olympic Course.

We were able to purchase new bunker sand in the spring and re-fill all the bunkers throughout the course.

As we did this we were also able to re-build the bunker faces on some of the green side bunkers that get a lot of use.

The Cascade Course received a face lift of sorts this summer, as we changed the mowing patterns throughout the course.

These changes were different on every hole and ranged from a smaller fairway or landing area on some holes to more collection areas and bigger aprons on others.

This new look was intended to change the appearance but also make the golf course play a little faster.

The other significant change on the Cascade course is the addition of a new tee on the 5th hole that will turn the par 4 into a par 5.

We were able to add roughly 100 additional yards to the hole with the additional tee that should be open sometime this month.

The last addition of note on the Cascade Course is the new bathroom located on the 5th tee that was opened in the spring.

Food and beverage saw some very exciting changes this year, the biggest being a complete menu change that we rolled out in July.

This new menu offers a large variety of exciting items like stone fired pizza, street tacos, and hand dipped mini corn dogs to name a few.

Another big addition on the F&B side this year is our new outdoor wedding venue.

This new venue offers a dramatic outdoor space that can seat up to 300, and offers that outdoor Northwest feel.

Pretty cool stuff as I sit down and reflect all that we accomplished, and I can’t tell you how proud of the team I am.

Please make it a point to come out and see all these changes if you haven’t already, and I will see you out here!

All the best,
Daryl Matheny
General Manager, Gold Mountain Golf Club

We’ve Reached a Milestone at Gold Mountain

It’s been all sun all the time at Gold Mountain over the past month, and we certainly can’t complain.

Both the Olympic and Cascade Courses are in fantastic shape, and the level of play we are experiencing is proof that Gold Mountain is the place to play.

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Weddings in the Woods at Gold Mountain

But on to business! Our two projects this summer were the Wedding in the Woods venue and the new tees on Cascade #5.

And speaking of Wedding in the Woods…

We’re thrilled to announce that the Wedding in the Woods venue has hosted its first wedding!

It’s a milestone we’ve been looking forward to for a long time, and now we’ve seen all of the hard work we’ve executed come to fruition.

Not only that, Weddings in the Woods are being booked fast, so if you’re in the hunt for a beautiful, comprehensive, secluded venue on the Olympic Peninsula, be sure to give us a look!

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The green is coming in nicely

For more golf-related matters, the new tees on Cascade #5 were seeded recently and are growing in nicely if we do say so ourselves.  Stay tuned for them to be used for events starting in mid-September.

Our next major maintenance project will be aerating greens tees and fairways starting in September if the weather cooperates.

If August has been any indication, it’ll be smooth sailing indeed.

To forest nuptials and smooth greens!

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Good News?

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The days are long and the sun is warm this summer.

The busy season is in full swing at Gold Mountain Golf Club, and the sun certainly isn’t in short supply.

We will be moving our twilight hours back to 2 PM starting in September, creating a fantastic playing environment in the months to come, so there won’t be a better time to come out and play a round.

As if that wasn’t enough to awaken your inner golfer, the aerification schedule has been pushed back to begin on October 3rd so playing conditions will be superb, like always, throughout the month of September.

Thought we were done with good news? Not yet! For all of you out there who are looking to a fun way to spend your Sunday before or after the Seahawks game, we will be running a Sunday golf special (details coming soon), so keep an eye out for that and make golf at Gold Mountain part of your weekend routine!

Here are the events that are on tap at Gold Mountain:

– The Dave Williams Best Ball Tournament scheduled for September 24th-25th, with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun on both days. Signups will be available soon online and in the golf shop so be sure to sign up your team!

-The Columbia Golf Series is coming to Gold Mountain on September 29th and will be a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start. More info and registration will be available soon! As always, call the golf shop with any questions at (360) 415-5432.

Our favorite season moves right along! See you on the links soon!

Summer Means That There’s Something for Everyone at Gold Mountain

The Summer weather has finally arrived and we are in full swing here at Gold Mountain.

From the Junior Camps that are nearing their conclusion to the Couples Leagues that continue to play on Friday’s, the Northwest’s best golf facility is running on all cylinders providing premium experiences for all of our guests.

The month of August will see a significant jump in tournament play and traveling groups who have pre-booked their rounds in advance.

Make sure to schedule your tee time in advance to guarantee a spot because space is becoming more and more limited.

One time of day that is great for enjoying all this sunshine is our twilight hours. Every day at 3pm we lower our rates and allow for unlimited play at the same time!

Evening rounds are great for those looking to avoid the heat and find a golf course that is void of the mid-morning influx of golfers.

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It feels like your own personal country club.

You can always get a quick round of golf in during the afternoon, whether it be at 3pm or later (it is still light out until 8:30pm) and the course will feel as if it is your own personal country club with all of the open space!

For those married golfers, Gold Mountain will be hosting the Couples Tour on Sunday, September 4th for a 1pm shotgun start.

The format is a Shamble and this new event has sparked some really intense interest. Please call the golf shop to sign up at (360) 415-5432, and experience the both the golf course and the restaurant which has some great new options as well as a brand new menu!

It is a little early yet, but we want to remind all of you competitive golfers out there that the Dave Williams Best Ball is back again this year.

September 24th and 25th is the date of the annual Best Ball Tournament that always brings in some of the best amateur golfers in the area to Gold Mountain.

We have both a gross and net division, so both you and your golfing buddy have plenty of opportunities to win some dough. Look for the signup flyer in the month of August.

As always, we truly appreciate all of you who visit us during these perfect northwest summers. You are the reason why the staff of Gold Mountain enjoys our profession the way we do!

Keep swinging those clubs. We will see you soon!

John Sitton
Golf Operations Manager
Gold Mountain Golf Club

New and Exciting Happenings at Gold Mountain

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Weddings in the Woods: coming to a Gold Mountain near you.

We’ve mentioned these in prior installments, but they’re so nice that we’ll talk about them twice. Gold Mountain has two new and exciting additions!

Our first is the outdoor wedding venue that we built off the first fairway of the Cascade Golf Course.

This venue can handle wedding parties of up to 300 and offers a beautiful woodsy setting. The location allows easy access for our wedding parties, but has the feel of being far away from it all. With towering firs, hemlocks and cedars along with the songs from many different types of birds this venue offers a truly natural setting for that special day.

The other addition is the new teeing area on the 5th hole of the Cascade Golf Course that will turn the par 4 into a par 5.

We have looked at several different holes on the Cascade Course over the years trying to get the par back to 72 and the 5th hole made the most sense.

We were able to add another 100 yards to the existing length, thus changing the par on the hole from 4 to 5.

The green on the 5th hole has long been considered one of the toughest on property, so by lengthening the hole and turning it into a par 5 it will only add to the holes already tough reputation.