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Spokane Club celebrating 100 years at current location on Waikiki

Spokane Country Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary of the move to its current site with an open house from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

As part of the celebration, the club will be offering 100-day trial memberships (April 23-July 31) to anyone who might have an interest in joining the 450 families who currently use SCC’s course, pro shop, practice facilities, clubhouse and swimming pool.

Anyone interested in learning more about the open house – which will include hors d’ oeuvres, refreshments and tour of the facilities – or a trial membership is asked to call (509) 466-2121.

“It’s our 100th year at this location,” said general manager John Stone, “and we wanted to do something special to celebrate.”

The club, which was founded in 1898 on Spokane’s South Hill, moved to its present location at 2010 W. Waikiki Road, in 1911, after its clubhouse – which was designed by renowned architect Kirtland K. Cutter and constructed near where Hart Field is located today – burned down in 1908.

The clubhouse first built at the club’s current site burned to the ground in 1946, and the building that stands today was erected a short time later thanks to donations from its members, which included legendary singer Bing Crosby.

The rich history of Spokane Country Club includes its hosting of the first women’s United States Open in 1946. Patty Berg, who won the event, was made an honorary member of the club until here passing in September of 2006.

The Club has also played host to some of the other greatest names in golf, thanks to a series of exhibitions staged by the Junior League of Spokane from the late 1970s to the late 1990s.

In 1979, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Rod Funseth took part in the exhibition, and four years later, Watson was joined in 1983 exhibition by Lee Trevino, Tom Kite and Jerry Pate.

The Junior League’s exhibition foursome in 1986 included Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Peter Jacobsen and Fuzzy Zoeller. And in 1993, Nancy Lopez became the first female invitee, joining in the featured group.

The final exhibition was staged in 1997 and featured Annika Sorenstam, along with Tom Lehman, Jacobsen and Tom Weiskopf.

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  • liberal_in_right_wing_land
    7:08 p.m. Apr 8

    Yes, lets celebrate a place that allows the rich jerks get away from the lowly poor workers.

    This is a truly disgusting article, how about our newspaper highlights a group that helps the community, not a group that excludes 99.99% of it because they cannot afford to join it.

  • on a brighter note. Ahhhh, it’s golf season again.

  • Re-watching the PBS show the other night about the Chandlers and the L.A. Times, makes me wonder if there is a newspaper-dynasty emergency procedure manual that kicks in when certain hoary cultural and social interests are feeling aggrieved by changing times.

    In the past few months we’ve had article after article about saving the MAC and embracing the Spokane Club; now we’re supposed to join hands to celebrate the 100th anniversary of an exclusive country club that apparently wants people to know it has loosened its standards to survive economically.

    However, the entreaties tend to have the opposite effect. First, it reinforces the pervasive feeling that the wheels are coming off around here and second, it revs up people already feeling raw about their own poverty and the growing economic divide.

    The last-ditch effort, I suppose, would be a Rebecca Nappi existential dread column on how to grieve for fading clubs and landmarks with appropriate Edith Wharton-esque grace. (Not that I don’t like some of RN’s writing, but launching a column about death and dying during this grim and never-ending winter sort of casts a pall.)

  • “Yes, lets celebrate a place that allows the rich jerks get away from the lowly poor workers. ”

    Or you could look at it the other way around :-p

  • johnclarke
    8:15 a.m. Apr 9

    Sign of the times I would say. The Spokane Club downtown and the Spokane Country Club literally can’t give away memberships. There is a waiting line of people wanting to get out of the CC.

    Spokane is very fortunate to have fabulous public golf. The CC has a nice course, but who wants to play the same thing every time?

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