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Archive for June 24th, 2016

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 24, 1974

With Mount Rainier in the background Frank Sayers of Maple Valley approaches the sixth green of what will be known far and wide next spring as the Wilderness Ridge Country Club Golf Course. Big things are anticipated in the way of improvements for this Maple Valley landmark. (Picture by Lowell Lorenz.)

With Mount Rainier in the background Frank Sayers of Maple Valley approaches the sixth green of what will be known far and wide next spring as the Wilderness Ridge Country Club Golf Course. Big things are anticipated in the way of improvements for this Maple Valley landmark. (Picture by Lowell Lorenz.)

Lake Wilderness Golf Course and Country Club will move fully to new quarters by the end of July. The newly completed pro shop is already operating in the unfinished Wilderness Ridge Country Club, serving the many users of the nine hole fairways that were opened a few weeks ago.

Owner Ron Coleman anticipates that by spring golfers will have a choice between the then completed 18 hole regulation championship course or the older shorter executive course of the lower level offering nine holes of play.

The new scenic course is going over big. In 18 days it collected a club membership of 450 men and over 100 women. The old club had a membership of only 137.

Coleman has owned the Lake Wilderness Club since 1946, first in partnership, then in 1950 as sole owner. Wife Gwen has worked with him as well as son Ron, a recognized. pro.

Building golf courses is nothing new for Coleman. This is his thirteenth, having built such courses as Alderbrook in South Hood Canal, Golf Land in Tacoma, and Tam O’ Shanter, and having completed the Fairwood course. (more…)

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