Golf courses say … show me the greens

first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — Some of the bucolic qualities of The Cedars on Salmon Creek are on hiatus.Past an orange safety fence near the clubhouse, wheezing excavators scrape at what used to be fairway grass while a reversing backhoe chirps. Construction has been the norm for the Brush Prairie course since last summer.As members of a high school girls golf team practiced their short game just yards away, coach and course professional Joe Cain tries to put a little backspin on the situation.“It’s a good lesson in turning all of it into white noise,” he said, smiling.The distraction may be temporary, but it could lead to an eventual boon. Located at a dead end on the outskirts of Battle Ground, Cain said the public course relies on regular visitors for its revenue and not membership dues.Whether they golf or not, more people are on the way. Early last year The Cedars sold the land underneath its driving range and first two holes to a Portland real estate developer. Nearly 300 homes are expected to rise.“We’re a little off the beaten path, so this kind of opens the door,” Cain said, noting that The Cedars will redesign part of its course to field 18 holes. “It’s always been more of a destination. This is kind of a rebranding.”last_img

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