Golf course developer and construction company Landscapes Unlimited has completed enhancement projects at the private Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, 30 minutes east of Seattle.
In collaboration with Rees Jones, Inc., Landscapes Unlimited recently worked on the nine-hole North, South and East Courses, primarily shaping and strategically moving select bunkers to enhance playability for low and high handicappers alike.
Landscapes Unlimited implemented the first phase of the Rees Jones, Inc. Golf Course Master Plan focused primarily on the bunkers, including improvements to the shapes, sizes, locations and depths and the installation of new drainage, modern liners and bunker sand, all contributing to bunkers built for efficient maintenance and longer life spans.
The modifications will also benefit players at the 2024 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee.
“It has been a pleasure working with Landscapes Unlimited on the renovation at Sahalee Country Club,” says Rees Jones, President of Rees Jones, Inc. “Its craftsmanship is first class, and the final results are quite stunning.”
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“Sahalee is a Pacific Northwest treasure,” says Jake Riekstins, Chief Development Officer of Landscapes Unlimited. “Any time there’s an opportunity to smartly add modern infrastructure to a storied golf course while achieving a golden age style, the results are ‘wow’ experiences for different generations.”
“Landscapes Unlimited is the ultimate construction teammate,” says Charlie Schauwecker, Director of Agronomy at Sahalee, a Native American word for “High Heavenly Ground.” “The Landscapes corporate and on-site teams meld blocking-and-tacking technical work, creativity and practicality to make great golf courses even better.”
In addition to hosting the upcoming 2024 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the 27-hole Sahalee is famous for hosting the 1998 PGA Championship, 2002 WGC-NEC Invitational, 2010 U.S. Senior Open, 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship as well as the Sahalee Players Championship.
Ranging from 5,712 to 7,003 yards, three nine-hole courses played in different combinations inject fun, variety and challenge to experiences. Heavily forested, tall evergreen trees frame fairways laid over rolling topography ideally suited for golf. Strategically placed bunkers and water hazards often create daring moments.
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Sahalee opened in 1969, its three nines designed by Ted Robinson and renovated by Rees Jones from 1996 to 1998. The original clubhouse was replaced in 2001 with a new, 43,000-square-foot structure. The first head professional was Paul Runyan who won 29 times on the PGA TOUR, including the 1934 and 1938 PGA Championship,
More information: www.sahalee.com, 424.868.8800.
About Landscapes Unlimited
Forty-six years young and family owned and operated, Landscapes Unlimited is the recognized leader in golf course development, construction and renovation. Its regional experts leverage contemporary best practices, fiscal prudency and a culture promoting unwavering success. Projects include famous courses and revered local layouts of various shapes, sizes and budgets. Landscapes Unlimited also excels at building sports fields for professional teams, colleges and municipalities. Sister company Landscapes Golf Management boasts a portfolio of 55-plus golf courses, country clubs and resorts nationwide.
More information: www.landscapesunlimited.com, 402.423.6653.