We can keep a local golf course alive | Letter to the editor

Posted 7/21/21

We are writing this letter in support of Discovery Bay Golf Club’s design project which will make it possible to retain a functioning golf course while maintaining the character of the …

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We can keep a local golf course alive | Letter to the editor

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We are writing this letter in support of Discovery Bay Golf Club’s design project which will make it possible to retain a functioning golf course while maintaining the character of the landscape and minimizing the impact of the development.

Discovery Bay Golf Club began in 1925 as Chevy Chase Golf Club, long before there were many houses on Cape George Road or much of what is Discovery Road now. The golf course was here first, everyone else moved in later, cut down trees for their house, septic system and view.

The current owners have a plan for 48 lots they intend to sell to individual owners. They have designed the placement of the lots to minimize the impact those lots would have on the environment. They have provided for a community drainfield and storm water retention areas on the golf course itself eliminating the need for individual drain fields. They have included a plan for a 2-mile trail to hook up with Larry Scott trail.

Discovery Bay Golf Club has already met all of the state and county requirements and received their permits. They have preserved 77 percent of the property (154 acres) as open space.

We appreciate the lengths the current owners have gone to in order to be environmentally responsible while maintaining the golf course. They could simply chop up the golf course and all of the rest of the 200 acres into 5-acre plots eliminating the golf course, resulting in more paved surfaces, more individual drain fields and no accountability.

We sincerely hope that Discovery Bay Golf Club can make it to their 100th birthday in 2025 as a golf course.

Wanda Synnestvedt and Greg J. Miller
PORT TOWNSEND

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