Sahalee was first envisioned in 1965, when members from the Inglewood Country Club and Broadmoor Golf Club decided that the greater Seattle area needed a championship golf course. In 1967, Par Golf, Inc. acquired land on the Sammamish Plateau east of Redmond that eventually became Sahalee.
Ted Robinson, a nationally renowned golf course architect, created a course capable of sponsoring any USGA or PGA national event. Louie Schmidt was hired as Golf Course Superintendent in charge of construction and maintenance. Eight men eventually became the first Sahalee Board of Trustees: Carl Jonson, Dixon Ervin, Harry Wilson, Hal Logan, Maury Proctor, Richard Strand, Gene Lynn and Jack Wright. They chose the name Sahalee, or "High
Heavenly Ground" in the language of the native Chinook to create the character of the golf course and surrounding area.
In 2001, the old clubhouse was torn down and replaced with a new 43,000 square foot facility boasting expanded dining and locker room facilities, but most importantly, a design and decor that
vividly showcases the natural beauty of Sahalee.
With the success of the '98 PGA Championship, support from the community and the state, and the tremendous praise from the players and the PGA, Sahalee has begun a new chapter in an increasingly rich golf tradition. Sahalee has hosted the NEC World Golf Championship in 2002, the USGA Senior Open in 2010, and hosted the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
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