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As we recover from a late winter wind and snow event, it is hard to believe that this year is off to a tremendous start when you consider that last year brought with it some of the worst possible weather for Northwest golfers.

It is true, a misty, mid-40’s February day doesn’t spark the intensity to hit the links and fire up the old golf game.

But for those that do venture out of their heated abodes, open tee times and fantastic playing conditions await on both of our golf courses, just don’t wait too long.

We are only three and a half weeks away from our first major tournament of the season, Mountain Madness, the two-day, two-player, scramble and best ball Event scheduled for March 17 and 18.

If you are interested in participating, you can register online.

Gold Mountain’s yearly spring tournament is our unofficial start of our golf season.

It marks a time when our team members begin to welcome back our afternoon leagues, prepare for our annual Demo Day event, open up or facility to our local high schools as their seasons ramp up, and of course start our preparation for the 2018 Mountain West Conference Championship.

Gold Mountain has the honor of hosting this Division I college tournament April 19 through April 22, as the best players in the Mountain West test their skills for the top spot in their conference and attempt to qualify for the NCAA National Championship.

If you are interested in volunteering for this tournament, please contact the Golf Shop at 360.415.5432 for more details.

After every national tournament we host, one of the first things that we receive praise for is the amazing and dedicated army of volunteers that we produce.

We would love to have you on our team for the Mountain West Conference Championship!

Before I end my ramblings, please allow me to give my sincerest thank you to our recently retired Superintendent, Ed Faulk.

I’d like to think that I am pretty good at my job, but let’s be honest, you don’t come to play golf at Gold Mountain to see me.

You come to Gold Mountain because it is a facility that is always in great shape whether it has been an exceptionally wet and soggy season, or on those rare years where it never rains and we are near drought conditions.

Ed worked tirelessly for 34 years at Gold Mountain Golf Club, never questioning a crazy idea about tee times from me or complaining about a freak windstorm that brought down hundreds of trees (both have occurred).

Ed took exceptional pride in Gold Mountain and there are many of us here who are thankful for the opportunity to thrive in our careers because of the stability he created with both of our fantastic golf courses.

Thank you, Ed, we will all miss you!

 

John Sitton
Golf Operations Manager
Gold Mountain Golf Club

The Hero Sandwich has a lot of history in the United States.

The ultimate question is, where did the Hero Sandwich originate?

There seems to be one story that stands out from all the others, and it leads to the assumption that the sandwich originated in Italy from Italian immigrants who brought the idea to our East coast in the early 19th century.

The Italian’s combined fresh salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, and Mortadella cured meats as the heart of the sandwich, while traditionally adding lettuce, tomato cured meats, and Provolone cheese to round it out.

American’s typically enjoy mayonnaise on their sandwich, while Italian’s substituted oil and vinegar as their main condiments.

In Boston, the Hero is known as a sub sandwich, or a submarine sadnwich, because of the shape of the bread.

In New Orleans, it is known as a Po’boy and has many meat and seafood variations.

But here at Gold Mountain, our Hero Sandwich has slow cooked pork roast that is dry marinated in our house spice rub.

Then topped with thinly sliced black forest ham, grilled pineapple rings, house-made pickled peppers, and our sweet and spicy hero barbecue sauce.

Ingredients are piled high on a fresh brioche bun and served with our house-cut French fries.

Trust us when we say, you’ll be telling your friends about this!

So no matter where you are eating your Hero Sandwich it will probably be a little different than the place before, but we have a feeling Gold Mountain’s is the one you will always remember!

Jon Forcier,
Executive Chef

It’s that time of year when everyone is saying, “Out with the old and in with the new!”

If you’re like me, you get excited about January because it is a time to clean out the old clutter, old thinking, and old bad habits to make room for new ideals, goals, and even products that will help you achieve them.

Maybe you’ve put away your golf clubs for a couple of months, but are now packing them up to head on vacation or are moving them around as you sort through the garage.

Either way, there are probably some old clubs, bags, carts, or shoes that you’ve still got hanging around from the past few years (or even decades)!

Wouldn’t it feel great to pass those on to someone or finally just give them one final “thanks for a great run,” and on to the new?

If you have golf gear in excellent condition that you’d like to donate to a junior program or give to a person who may not be able to afford them brand new, now is the time to donate.

Gold Mountain is a great place to donate your used gear and know that you are helping a new golfer experience the game of golf.

Make sure to join our e-club to stay up to date on when and where you can donate your used equipment and what perks we have for you.

Out with the old and stop in the Golf Shop for some of that new in 2018!

Suzanne Mehlert
Merchandiser, Gold Mountain Golf Club

Normally this time of year, I would talk about winter projects we are working on and what we are preparing and planning for the upcoming season.

Instead, we will look at the great 34-year career Ed Faulk, Superintendent, has had here at Gold Mountain Golf Club as he prepares for retirement in January 2018.

Ed was hired in March 1984, long before the Olympic Course was built.

He spent 13 years as the Assistant Superintendent on the Cascade Course and took over as the Superintendent of the property when the Olympic Course opened in 1996.

He will have held that title for nearly 22 years when he retires at the end of January 2018.

It is a testament to Ed’s knowledge, commitment, passion, and ability to have retained his title and position for such an extended period.

There are a number of highlights Ed has spoken of when reflecting on his career here at Gold Mountain, but there are a few that stand out more than others.

First, was the opportunity he was given to be the Superintendent.

When the position became available in 1996, the decision came down to two candidates; Ed and a well-established superintendent from within the gold community.

When Ed was awarded the position, he knew he would not let the City of Bremerton down and would work hard to always prove they made the right choice.

Second, Ed has reflected on what a special moment it was for him to open a championship golf course in the Olympic Course back in 1996.

Ed has hosted many national tournaments including NCAA regional qualifier and University of Washington Husky Invitationals, but the two that meant the most to Ed were the 2006 U.S. Amateur Pub Links Championship and the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Ed has had a big impact on more than just the property at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

He has had a great impact on the people that he not only worked with but also the guests that visit his golf courses.

Ed is on a first name basis with so many of our regular guests and always takes the time to ask them about how they are doing, and he takes a personal interest in their lives.

Ed is also highly respected by all fellow Gold Mountain team members.

Daryl Matheny, General Manager, spoke recently about Ed and what he has meant personally and professionally to the club.

Daryl said some of the things he will miss when Ed retires are his work ethic, he is a jack of all trades, the way he always stepped up to make sure whatever needed to get done was accomplished, but most importantly the ownership Ed took in his work.

Daryl always felt Ed put out the best possible product and made sure whatever he was assigned was handled in a professional and meticulous manner.

Daryl also shared that his favorite memory at Gold Mountain with Ed was preparing for, and hosting, the 2006 Amateur Pub Links Championship.

Daryl said Ed had the course in perfect condition and the USGA was extremely pleased with the way the tournament went.

For me personally, Ed will be greatly missed.

He has been an incredible mentor in developing my skills and preparing me to take the next step in my career.

I will be forever grateful to Ed for giving me an opportunity to be his assistant.

He had done a great job of sharing his knowledge and experiences with me while allowing me the freedom to figure everything out my own way.

Ed has helped guide me in the right direction, but from a distance, which has allowed me to learn from my own experiences.

Gold Mountain Golf Club, as well as all the people who have worked with Ed, will truly miss him.

We wish him all the best as he enters this next chapter of his life.

Thank you Ed!

Patrick McKenzie
Assistant Superintendent
Gold Mountain Golf Club

It is starting to look a lot like winter here at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

Our maintenance staff is starting to move into winter projects due to frost delays and rainy weather, but have no fear, there are plenty of jobs to keep our team busy.

Our mechanics are ramping up to service our fleet of 127 golf carts, as well as sharpening and servicing our equipment for the spring.

Our equipment team spends countless hours servicing our equipment so we can provide a clean and professional look for the upcoming season.

We are grateful for their hard work to keep us going through the season.

As for our grounds maintenance staff, they are out and about on these cold winter days rebuilding our bunkers so our guests have as enjoyable of an experience one can have when they hit it into a bunker.

Between cleaning up edges, removing weeds and debris, to hauling in more sand for the proper playing depth our team continues to make Gold Mountain Golf Club one of the best championship courses in the region.

Also getting some TLC this time of year are our tee stones and benches, because we all need to rest after the eight strokes we may have taken on the last hole.

So, as you come out during the winter months just remember to dress warm and take in the beautiful views and hard work that goes into maintaining our facilities.

We can’t wait to see you all out at Gold Mountain!

Andrew Goodell
Equipment Manager

Tis’ the season to celebrate the holidays, spend time with family and friends, and find joy in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest winter.

At Gold Mountain Golf Club, we’re keeping the golf course, restaurant, and Golf Shop ready for our guests to enjoy all of the season’s offerings.

When it comes to gift giving, the Golf Shop is stocked with quality gear and clothing that will definitely bring joy to any golfer!

Many items are even on sale right now with golf bags 20% off, Nike clothing and shoes 25% off, and University of Washington and Washington State University accessories 20% off.

Another great gift for the golfer in your life who likes to walk the course is a new Clickgear cart with a cart seat and cart mitt as perfect add-ons.

All you need to do is choose from all the great colors we have available!

Golf balls make great quick gifts for a distant relative, school teacher, or even an employee this holiday season.

We have everything from Titleist and Callaway, to the Volvik extreme colored golf balls.

Looking for something that is perfect for the golf course or a casual night out?

We have hundreds of quality and fashionable layering jackets and pullovers available for both men and women, perfect for anyone on your list.

Maybe you know someone that has been eyeing that special sand wedge all year?

In that case, gift certificates are a great way to help them get a personal fitting and order their dream club.

You can even order gift certificates online and have them mailed directly to you!

What many people don’t realize is that Gold Mountain Golf Club has countless items that a non-golfer would love too!

Rain jackets and hats are great gifts for family that take walks year-round.

Warm layering jackets and pullovers, beanies, and accessories are all ideal for off-course fun as well.

Come visit us at Gold Mountain Golf Club or shop online for all of your holiday needs this year.

Happy Holidays!
Suzanne Mehlert
Gold Mountain Merchandiser

Gold Mountain’s Team Member of the Quarter recognizes a team member who brings forward all of our values.

Enthusiasm, respect, creativity, honesty, sincerity, and accountability.

This team member is voted for by the entire team in all departments, and is recognized at our all staff quarterly meeting.

This quarter Denise Garza was voted to become Gold Mountain’s very first Team Member of the Quarter!

Denise’s outstanding qualities and contributions to not only Gold Mountain, but to Columbia Hospitality as a whole, have caught the attention of every team member that has the privilege of working beside her.

Denise started working at one of the Columbia Hospitality properties in 2006, McCormick Woods Golf Club.

At McCormick Woods Denise was the leader of the Snack Shop, lead dining room assistant, banquet server, and housekeeper.

Denise has always risen to any challenge with great enthusiasm and positivity.

In 2016, Denise was promoted to Snack Shop Supervisor at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

Denise has very successfully lead the beverage cart and Snack Shop teams.

She has helped broaden the inventory available in the Snack Shop and on the beverage carts, as well as helping create a new Snack Shop on the Olympic Course known as “The Den.”

The addition of The Den helped lead Gold Mountain to records in our food and beverage department.

Denise is also part of the dining room assistant team and banquet team at Gold Mountain.

Most recently, Denise has been asked to join a third Columbia Hospitality property, Kitsap Conference Center as a banquet server and concierge.

Denise has exhibited continued and unwavering professionalism, dedication, and sincerity throughout her time at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

Her calling is truly hospitality and we are extremely grateful to have Denise on our team.

Her leadership, honesty, and creativity are contagious among guests and team members alike.

I am so proud of Denise Garza and grateful to be a part of her continued growth and success.

Tiffany Schenk
Area Director of Food and Beverage
Columbia Hospitality

 

The holidays are steadily approaching but that doesn’t mean golf has to end!

Gold Mountain has always been touted for having excellent conditions during the winter months and this winter will be no exception.

The greens crew has continued to do a fantastic job with the course and now that we have this beautiful weather upon us, the recently aerified greens are healing up nicely!

Looking to stay harp during the winter?

Gold Mountain is one of the few courses that continue to use a grass driving range during the off season.

Along with the various short game areas, Gold Mountain is an awesome place to practice year-round.

Take this time in the off season to refine your game with the Gold Mountain teaching professionals, Travis Cary, John Sitton, Daryl Matheny, and Ted Naff.

All teaching professionals are available for golf lessons and want to help you keep your game fresh during the winter months.

To learn more about private lessons visit goldmountaingolf.com or contact the Golf Shop at 360.415.5432.

During the Month of November we also have a few fun golf tournaments you can participate in. On Friday, November 10 at 10am we have the 2nd Annual Red, White, and Blue Golf Tournament.

This tournament supports the VFW Unmet Needs Program and is a great opportunity for our community to give back to those that have served our country.

For registration and general questions please contact Chris Keough at 360.434.8658 or at chriskeough@windermere.com.

In addition to the Red, White, and Blue tournament Gold Mountain hosts our own Captain’s Cup from November through February.

The Captain’s Cup is a Ryder Cup-style event based on a three-point scoring system.

Visit goldmountaingolf.com or contact the Golf Shop at 360.415.5432 for more information.

Finally, as I mentioned earlier the holidays are approaching, and that means gifts!

The Golf Shop has plenty of great products at the best prices of the year, so make sure to stop in and shop!

Not sure what your friend, spouse, or family member wants?

Not a problem, we offer gift certificates that can be used on anything in the Golf Shop, including green fees!

We hop to see you out at Gold Mountain this winter!

Travis Cary
Assistant Golf Professional

Hello, I would like to tell you all about our delicious house-made chorizo taco appetizer.

For the chorizo we start with whole primal cuts of fresh pork roast that are cut into strips lengthwise across the grain for tenderness, and then cut again into one inch by one inch cubes.

The cubes are then rubbed in our house-made BBQ spice and marinated for 24 hours.

We then grind the marinated meat in-house.

Our tacos consist of a few delicious ingredients that make our guests coming back for more.

Of course the chorizo is grilled to perfection and then stuffed into a charbroiled white corn tortilla.

Then, topped with fresh shaved white onion, pickled mini peppers, cumin crema sauce, freshly grated cojita cheese, shaved Easter radish, and finished with a combination of julienned cilatro, green onion, and house-made salsa verde.

We also offer a taco entrée which consists of the same preparation for the tacos and served with sautéed black beans and house-made Spanish rice.

We offer your choice of chorizo or whitefish for your protein selection.

If you are as hungry as I am after that, come out to Gold Mountain Golf Club and try our tacos and many other tasty options from our menu.

You can enjoy a meal with a view as you overlook the beautiful Olympic Course and Olympic Mountain range outside our restaurant.

Come by and say hi, I can’t wait to see you.

Jon Forcier
Executive Chef

Gold Mountain Golf Club is getting ready for the holiday season with great specials on golf, beautiful décor, and fun holiday parties.
Every year we host some amazing groups for their holiday parties and this year is shaping up to be no different.
We love the holiday season and would love it even more if we could spend it with you.
There are still dates available for you to host your family, friends, or even corporate holiday party at Gold Mountain Golf Club.
We can host intimate groups of 20 guests or large events up to 200 guests.
There are packages available to fit any budget and every style.
All of our holiday packages are priced per person and include some fantastic food choices as well as room fees, tables, chairs, linens, holiday décor, tax and service charge.
You can actually enjoy your event too, because we provide a friendly and attentive staff member to make sure you and your guests have the best event possible.
Gold Mountain welcomes everything from large business events, close family events, and beautiful winter weddings.
If you are interested in booking your event with us please contact Jesse McGee, Sales and Event Planning Manager, at 360.415.6894.