In 1966 golf was beginning to boom in the Pacific Northwest and there weren’t enough golf courses to supply the demand for golf. Dave Richards and his father Gordon “Gordy” Richards had recently finished developing the back nine at Wayne Golf Course, in Bothell, and were looking for potential sites for new courses. This hunt led them out east of the city of Snohomish to a large 200 acre dairy farm perched atop Dutch Hill.
The site proved to be a perfect fit for a new 18 hole championship length course. Construction began soon after they purchased the land and by the fall of 1967 the course officially opened for play. This process didn’t include much dirt work as the grassy pasture provided a perfect template for an exciting layout. Once the greens, tees, and landing zones had been decided on, thousands and thousands of Douglas fir saplings were brought in and planted to define each fairway.
Snohomish GC proved to be a hit and drew golfers from all over the region, while also providing the city of Snohomish with a new pastime. Dave would continue to own and operate the golf course until he passed away in 2019. His son, Steve Richards took over the operations of the facility.
Today we strive to provide an amazing public facility at a fair price and continue Dave’s legacy.