Chewelah golf course open for business

(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)

A local legendary golfer practices some swings at the driving range. (Brandon Hansen photo)

A PLACE FOR ALL SEASONS: Chewelah Golf Course opens for public golfing…

Despite near historic snow in February and lower than average temperatures in the early spring, the Chewelah Golf Course opened on the same day it did last year: April 13.

“It has been within a few days in the previous four years,” Golf Operations Manager Jason Pitt said. “We always strive for April 1, but weather dictates the official opening day.”

In the 20 years Pitt has been at the golf course, it has opened as early at March 17 and as late as April 28.

There have been some changes from last year, including Pitt’s promotion to golf operations manager and Josh Olson becoming the head professional at the 27-hole course. Pitt will oversee essentially everything at the course except for food and beverage. Olson will oversee day-to-day operations of the pro shop, driving range, RV Park and will be the lead teaching professional.

Ron May is the grounds foreman and is responsible for the grounds crew, course conditions, staffing, irrigation, fertilization and overall maintenance of the course. Chewelah Golf and Country Club also hired Todd Cole as the new food and beverage manager. He will oversee the operation of the Rusty Putter and special events at the golf course.

“He brings many years of experience in dining and service,” Pitt said. “Breakfast is still what we’re known for and will remain very similar with a few minor tweaks. With Todd’s years of experience we are ‘upping our game’ for dinner service.”

The Rusty Putter will have a few finer dining options for dinners and an expanded wine and cocktail list.

“We carry several higher end whiskeys, scotches and wines than ever before,” Pitt said. “I think its exciting for Chewelah and the surrounding community to have another quality place to dine.”

As the weather warms, the patio will also provide a great place for patrons to enjoy the atmosphere along with the food.

“It’s the best outdoor venue for food and beverages in town,” Pitt said.

When it comes to the golfing, the golf course will be offering some new promotions. This includes a 10-play punch card available to the public for $360 which includes a shared power cart, the ability to play on weekends. This comes as opposed to the regular weekend rates of $55 including a cart.

There will also be a “Twilight Season Pass” which allows you to play as much golf as you want everyday after 2 p.m. and includers a golf cart rental.

When it comes to the condition of the course right now, Pitt said the greens came through the winter in immaculate condition.

“There is very little snow mold and the little that is out there will be gone once tempretures rise a little,” Pitt said. “We are known throughout the Inland Empire for having some of the best conditions, and this year is no different,” Pitt said, vouching for the conditions after playing four other courses already this year. (He’s a golf pro, he plays a lot of golf.)

A nice little bonus for the Chewelah Golf Course is it is built on a sandy plateau so water drains right through.

“Most courses are a little soggy in spots this time of year but luckily that is one area we rarely struggle with,” Pitt said.

There are some upcoming events this month, including the Chewelah High School team’s invitational on April 19 and the Bob McBride Memorial tournament on April 27 to raise funds for youth golf.

There will also be a Shop With a Cop fundraiser on May 17, a nine-hole even with funds being raised for Stevens County law enforcement and a mixed “9+9” tournamnet and social scheduled for May 25.

“It’s a fun event in which teams of two (man/woman) play nine holes in a best ball format, take a break between nines and have snacks and free beer, and then go out and play nine more holes in Chapman format,” Pitt said. “The evening concludes with an excellent steak dinner and prize ceremony.”

On May 31, the Northeast Association of Realtors is also hosting a fundraising event.

For more info on events, the golf course itself and much more, head over the newly designed Chewelah Golf Course and Country Club website at www.chewelahgolf.com. You can also call the pro shop at 935-6807 ext. 1, and follow the golf course on Facebook.