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What is the 19th hole and why is it so important you ask? Well, after playing your standard round of golf, the most anticipated hole is the 19th! Why yes, you guessed right!

The restaurant at Gold Mountain is the ideal place for unwinding after a perfect day on the course.

With the grand patio overlooking the Olympic Course, it provides a picturesque backdrop to enjoy some of our delectable dishes and refreshing beverages.

This is the spot where golfers, diners and those who are just along for the ride gather.

The camaraderie and the laughter, of course socially distanced, bring us back to the joyful times, pre-COVID.

Whether you are just visiting us for an icy cold beverage or diving into one of our amazing menu items, we are here to make your visit memorable or at least fun!

Come stop by the restaurant, we’ll be waiting for you!

Food & Beverage Manager,
Pam Delos-Santos

As a golf course superintendent, I have a unique perspective of a golf course which usually means looking down.

But over this past year, I found myself looking up and enjoying the interactions and pleasure that this game brings to so many.  Since golf was one of the only things you could do early in the reopening stages of 2020, we were a fortunate industry to be in.

I guess we’re lucky that golf is a game of social distancing, especially depending on how far you hook or slice it. With people wanting to do something, most turned to golf, rekindling the passion for many and shedding new light on the benefits it offers for one’s wellbeing.

The golf industry as a whole experienced a large uptick in golf rounds. We had weekend warriors become weekday warriors, many new to golf learned and continue to play and the groups that play every morning through the week which normally sneak out five minutes early began sneaking out 15 minutes early (I see you).

It was great to see people coming out, able to breathe fresh air, exercise, and enjoy the company of their fellow patrons, all while enjoying this wonderful game. For a moment people could forget about the craziness of everything else, get a sense of normalcy, and de-stress.

My hope is that more people continue to experience what golf has to offer and the game continues to grow.

If this means that our maintenance team and I are managing more divots, ball marks, and traffic patterns, then it is a welcomed task.

Through 2020 our maintenance team was able to take on some much-needed improvements while accomplishing our cultural practice plans and day-to-day maintenance.

During the shutdown, it allowed us the opportunity to put a drain in on #1 green Cascade. This area plagues us annually with poor health, due to standing water on the green.

We renovated more tee complexes by flattening and enlarging them, allowing a flatter tee stance and more teeing ground.  Our team also began rebuilding aging bunker faces to their original appearance.  We recently added 65 tons of sand to our bunkers on Olympic giving them a much-needed refreshing.

We designed new tee markers for the Cascade, flags, and sticks for both Olympic and Cascade, giving both courses a renewed look. We began replacing aging irrigation heads on the Cascade course with more efficient, newer ones.

One of our bigger feats was the design and renovation of our driving range tee and practice area, adding a 150ft hitting mat allowing golfers to practice all year long.

Here is a look back at some of the accomplishments of our team:

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you on the course.

Abel Anderson
Golf Course Superintendent

2020 has brought us a multitude of things, good and bad (mostly bad), but was a year that the golf industry will never forget. Following the state lockdown, multiple recreational activities remained off-limits, while golf stood out as one of the safest activities where social distancing was possible and allowed those to get out of the house, stay active, and have fun.

Business at Gold Mountain saw a significant uptick due to this, and a sizeable increase in new golfers and lapsed golfers looking for lessons to improve their game.

Seeing as large group activities with people from separate households were generally frowned upon, the normal Gold Mountain instruction offerings (Junior camp, PGA Junior League, Spring clinics, etc.) were put on hold in 2020. We felt that this was in our best interest to be a responsible business in the current climate. This led to a big focus on individual instruction and certainly showed that people were interested in learning more about this great game.

With the light at the end of the tunnel going into 2021, group instruction offerings will be bolstered once again, and we are so excited to do so! Starting in the spring, our “Spring into the Golf Season” clinics will be returning, which will kick off our 2021 instructional offerings. Junior camp programs will be more abundant this season, and the same goes for adult clinics and programs.

As long as the health and safety of our students remains a focus (with a little help from this vaccine in the works), 2021 promises to be our biggest and best year of golf instruction in a long time. With the increase in demand, we saw this season, we expect a lot of golfers to be interested!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Travis Cary, PGA
Assistant Gold Professional and Teaching Instructor 

Twenty-twenty. An unprecedented year. What can I say that hasn’t already been said by the news or social media a million times?

Well, to me, 2020 reminds me of what James Earl Jones said, as Terrence Mann in the movie Field of Dreams

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been (GOLF) baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But (GOLF) baseball has marked the time.”

Except I would replace the game of baseball with GOLF. Golf, being the one thing we could rely on and escape by doing, in 2020.

So, stocking the golf shop merchandise and equipment has been extremely busy, as our guests gear up to enjoy the outdoors and escape the pressures from COVID-19, even if it’s for just a few hours a day.

Our vendors, even after shutting down for a couple of weeks or a month, have worked tirelessly to provide their equipment for all the avid and new golfers flooding the courses.

The staff of Gold Mountain has worked the front lines right from the start, adapting to the governor’s rules, keeping themselves and our guests safe, as much as possible.

And I have been moving forward, each day, with the hope that the rest of our local businesses will re-open any day as well.

But for now, I’ll keep bringing in the clubs, equipment, attire, and all the necessities to play this amazing game, rain or shine; keeping all our friends out golfing as much as they can, to find some joy being outdoors and participating in this timeless American past-time, golf.

Suzanne Mehlert
Gold Mountain Merchandiser, 2016-2020

Hole #16, Par 3

STRANGE times!

It is hard to believe we’re already in August! This has been, to say the least, a STRANGE year so far. With the shutdown due to the pandemic, and all the operational changes put in place once we did open, it has kept us pre-occupied and helped time fly by.

Looking back at the last five months it is easy to get caught up thinking about all the negatives and worrying about what is to come. I, however, would like to focus on a couple of positives from this experience.

The first being the spiked interest in the game of golf. Certainly, being one of the few activities approved as “safe” by our elected officials’ post-shutdown has helped.

We have seen our regulars playing more golf and an influx of new players which has led to rounds and business levels I have not seen in decades.

The second positive would be the condition of the courses. I know being shut down for almost six weeks during the start of the growing season helped, but the operational practices by our superintendent Abel Anderson and his team have been paramount.

We aerified both courses green’s once the shutdown started and was able to continue topdressing them with sand for the weeks to follow.

Divot filling, some new tee construction, applications of wetting agent, and general maintenance also occurred.

The result, once we were able to open back up, was near perfection! Both courses were in the best shape for that time of the year that I have ever seen.

And because they were both so healthy, they have been able to handle all the increased traffic.

General Manager,
Daryl Matheny

With winter coming to an end and spring fast approaching, the maintenance team is switching gears from projects to preparations for the upcoming season.

Winter projects included a large amount of tree limbing around the property, which opened up some views across holes, made areas more player-friendly, and will help the overall health of our grass by allowing more air movement and light.

We also removed collar dams on 7 of our greens, which help with surface drainage and eliminating such a severe transition onto our putting surfaces.

We started on our list of tee complexes that need to be leveled, which over time have become uneven.

We spruced up the entrance of our wedding area with landscaping and relocated the remainder of our Rhododendrons to areas where they will hopefully thrive without interfering with irrigation.

Part of preparing for the upcoming season is our spring aerification.

This will take place on April 13th and 14th for the Cascade course, and early May for the Olympic course, following the Mountain West Tournament.

We look forward to seeing how these projects and newly implemented cultural practices will continue to improve play for the upcoming season.

We look forward to seeing you out here!

Abel Anderson
Golf Course Superintendent

The season of giving is upon us, and everyone is in the best of spirts.

Lending a hand to those in need not only helps others, but it makes us feel amazing too.

Gold Mountain loves to participate in giving opportunities throughout the year. We give in as many ways as we can and not just for the holidays. We collect school supplies in the summer to donate to the Bremerton school district at the start of the school year.

We participate in a fundraiser at Hawk Alley to help raise money for Ben’s Fund, autism awareness, and research program.

We also do a food drive in the fall that benefits the Bremerton Foodline. Although our largest giving event of the year is at Christmas time, the giving starts at the beginning of the summer.

Our teams donate money regularly throughout our busy season to a fund that we will eventually get to spend on our Christmas Angels. The Christmas Angel program at KCR is a fantastic way for the community to help those in need of Christmas gifts for less fortunate children.

Our team loves participating in this program and have been able to donate in a huge way for many years. It is amazing how much we are able to donate to this program, and the feeling it gives us all is worth more than any gift we could receive. We are always looking for new ways to give to the community around us and hope to touch as many lives as possible.

Jesse Mcgee
Sales and Planning Manager

As we see 2019 ending and the holidays approaching, we thought we’d give you some ideas to help your game and show you some gift ideas to help check off your gift-giving list!

GAME IMPROVEMENT:

Looking back at the year in the Golf Shop, we’ve had some incredible golf club lines that continue to impress. So, if you haven’t demoed one of these lines, be sure to come in and try the new Ping G410, Callaway Epic, and Titleist TS1-3.

From the first tee shot with the new Epic Flash Driver to the final putt with the Odyssey Stroke Lab putter, Callaway’s line of clubs this year has actually lived up to its name. A truly “epic” performance on the course and the word keeps spreading about it.

We’ve got close-out prices on the demo clubs for sale of TaylorMade M5 & M6 woods as well.

THE BEST GIFT IDEAS:

For gift-giving, we have some new exclusive Gold Mountain items ready to be snatched up! Check out our new Gold Mountain exclusive image t-shirts, towels, bag tags, and poker chips, featuring hole #16  (aka Eden) on the Olympic Course.

For your sports-fan family members, we’ve got team brag-worthy golf attire! Seahawks, UW, and WSU clothing and golf accessories are an easy choice.

In one of our most popular apparel lines, Travis Mathews, the Gold Mountain patch hat makes the perfect gift for the young and trend-setting golfer.

Another great gift is this killer deal on the yellow Titleist DT Trusoft golf balls, one dozen only $17.99.

 

With year-end sales and holiday gift ideas prepared just for you, we’re hoping to see you soon at Gold Mountain!

Suzanne Mehlert
Golf Shop Merchandiser

Gold Mountain’s handcrafted Pizza’s are baked on 600 degree stone slates in our compact pizza ovens.

Because of the unique design of our ovens, it lets the heat surround your pizza, and infuses the stone-fired flavor into the crust.

Cooking the pizzas at such a high heat cooks them quickly, (just five minutes to be exact!) and helps expedite the order.

We use only premium cheese and products on the pizzas. Our dough is made fresh and proofed daily.

It is sweet and light in flavor. So whether you like a traditional combination pizza or the popular Taco Pizza, we have the perfect flavor for you.

Come on in and give one of our Stone-Fired Pizzas a try.

View our full menu here.

 

Chef Jon
Executive Chef

After one of the driest summers on record, the grounds staff is looking forward to the Washington rain coming our way.
However, I am sure come February we will be singing a different tune.
This season seemed to never want to end and it looks like it may not for a few more weeks.
The rain holding off for just a bit longer will be a benefit for our team, and allow us to prepare the golf courses for the winter.
Some of the majoy tasks you will see us working on before the rain finally does come are: aerification of tees, fairways, and approaches, repeating spring aerification on our greens, overseeding distressed areas form the season, and drainage projects.

Drainage is key to all golf courses across the nation, however most of them do not see 70+ inches of rain throughout the winter.
There are a few areas in need of drainage to improve playability not only in the winter but also in the summer.
Over seeding distressed areas sooner rather than later will make a great difference to our courses come spring.
If we wait too long into fall and winter, it will be difficult to get the seed to germinate and the seedlings to survive.
Giving the plant a chance now will pay off come April.

Aerification of tees, fairways, and approaches will help the golf course handle the rains this winter.
It should allow the property to drain better over the next few months allowing for better winter conditions.
This will also provide a healthier product for the following season.
Breaking up the compaction as well as removing organic matter from the profile should have lasting benefits on the golf courses.
Lastly, we hope to aerify October 9 and October 10 – weather dependent.
We will be repeating the process we had so much success with this spring, as we saw our greens respond better than every.
Hopefully by doing it this way, we will have a high-quality product during the winter that can also handle the feet of rain we anticipate.
So, before the rain does finally start pouring, we hop to get the course in the best shape possible to handle the Pacific Northwest fall.

Patrick McKenzie
Superintendent
Gold Mountain Golf Club