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Harbottle to Design Cascadia’s First Course
Cascadia Development has selected John Harbottle III to design the first of the community’s three 18-hole golf courses. Site prep is now underway on the 5,000-acre development in Bonney Lake, Wash., located southeast of Seattle.
The Tacoma-based Harbottle has become one of the West’s preeminent golf course architects. He’s created some outstanding layouts, including the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain, Bremerton, Wash., site of the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Other credits include “Golf Digest” Best New Course award winners Genoa Lakes near South Lake Tahoe, Nev.; Ridgecrest Golf Club in Nampa, Idaho; and Stevinson Ranch in Stevinson, Calif. Current Harbottle projects now under construction include Timilick Tahoe in Truckee, Calif., and Palouse Ridge Golf Club, a complete redevelopment of a former nine-hole track on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman.
“We selected John not only as an award-winning architect, but because he has a passion for creating golf courses that are beautiful and pleasurable for all golfers,” said Patrick Kuo, Cascadia president and chief executive officer. “He builds golf courses like the old masters.”
Of his role with Cascadia, Harbottle said, “We look forward to working with Patrick and his Cascadia Development team, and share their vision of creating one of the nation’s finest golf course communities. The land at Cascadia is well-suited for great golf course design. The terrain has an undulating contour, which will allow for tremendous variety within the course and views to Mount Rainier, yet its contour is also subtle enough to walk.
“The site will lend itself to a minimalist design approach,” Harbottle continued. “We intend to create a course which fits the topography in a natural way, like the Donald Ross classic, Pinehurst No. 2.”
Pinehurst’s Course No. 2, in North Carolina, was designed by the seminal Scottish golf course architect and has been the site of more championships – including the 2005 U.S. Open – than any other American course.
The initial Cascadia course will be located near the community’s east entrance. It will be augmented by a clubhouse and golf teaching facility. The 219-acre golf complex will also include a resort hotel with conference facilities. Nearby residential homesites will offer golf-course views as well as access to natural buffers, part of the 1,280 acres Cascadia has reserved for parks and open space.
Harbottle is recognized for his commitment to environmentally sensitive design. He has received awards for preserving wetlands, sensitive habitats and scenic beauty as well as conserving wildlife. He is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and serves on its environmental committee. His projects led GolfWorld Magazine to call him one of the nation’s “artists most in demand and builders of courses you most want to play.”
In addition to new projects, Harbottle has a reputation for restoring classic designs. These include major renovations to the Los Angeles Country Club, Stanford University Golf Club, Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif., and Hirao Country Club in Nagoya, Japan.
Cascadia lies 12 miles southeast of Tacoma and 18 miles from Sea-Tac International Airport in Bonney Lake, Pierce County. It will eventually contain 6,500 residential units, a business and industrial park, a resort hotel and conference center, up to three 18-hole golf courses, a town center with retail stores and restaurants, seven schools and over 1,200 acres of parks and open space. Located at the foothills of Mount Rainier and offering views of Commencement Bay, Cascadia is dedicated to offering a totally balanced living environment. Classified as an employment-based planned community, Cascadia will be Washington’s largest planned community, creating an estimated 10,000 jobs over its 20-year build-out. Development financing for Cascadia has been provided by Seattle-based HomeStreet Bank.
For more information about the development, visit www.cascadiacorp.com.