Woodinville golf course to shut down at the end of September

  • Written by Don Mann
Photo courtesy of Wellington Hills Golf & Country Club. The 85-year-old Wellington Hills Golf & Country Club will close September 30.
A Wellington Hills Golf & Country Club spokesman confirmed Friday the 85-year-old, nine-hole golf course will close for good September 30, clearing the way for a future park with baseball and soccer fields. Last Monday, Snohomish County completed the purchase of nearly 100 acres near Maltby from the University of Washington, which leased the golf course and clubhouse to WHGCC.

The $9.7 million purchase is being paid for with settlement money linked to King County’s Brightwater sewage treatment plant. Under terms of the 2005 agreement, Brightwater mitigation funds must be spent on parks and recreation within a four-mile radius of the plant by the end of 2015.

The property known as Wellington Hills lies south of Highway 522 near the massive facility at the crux of Highways 9 and 522.

The UW bought the property in 1990 as a potential site for a northern campus. The university later decided to put its branch campus in Bothell.

In January the university’s Board of Regents decided to sell the property and Snohomish County Council, via a 5-0 vote, agreed to the nearly $10 million deal.

“Today’s purchase is a great value for money that must be spent on park land,” Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon said. “Its future uses will enhance an already world-class parks and recreation system.”

The parcel is large enough to outfit several sports and recreational facilities and specific plans have yet to be determined by the county parks department, county spokesman Christopher Schwarzen said.

The Wellington Hills purchase is the latest of King and Snohomish county purchases using Brightwater mitigation funds totaling $70 million, of which more than $30 million had been designated for parks and recreation.

The Woodinville golf course, which opened in 1933 and has changed ownership several times over the decades, was popular for offering some of the most affordable golf in the Seattle area — $12 for adults for nine holes and $20 for 18 holes on weekdays, and $13 and $21 on weekends. It’s a short course, with its par-34 nine holes playing 2567 yards for men, 2557 for women. The country club is well known for its Friday night “mixers.”

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