The Nez Perce Tribe closed its purchase of the Clarkston Golf and Country Club on February 1 for an undisclosed price. The deal marks the present-day Idaho-based Tribe’s first holding in the state of Washington, its aboriginal homeland, and an opportunity to run an historic private club that’s been in operation for more than 80 years.
“The current plan for the site is to invest in the existing infrastructure and facilities. The Country Club has a long and rich history in our area and the Tribe intends to not only preserve, but strengthen and improve this entity. Overall, we envision it to continue to be a top-flight golf course for generations to come,” said Shannon Wheeler, Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee Chairman.
The Tribe will retain existing employees and continue operations of the golf course, restaurant and clubhouse in a similar fashion as the country club has for decades. The Nez Perce Tribe will honor previously scheduled events. “The Tribe values the Country Club as a respected institution in the community. We intend to keep all current staff, ensuring a smooth transition for club members and guests,” said Wheeler.
Adjacent to the Snake River, the 18-hole golf course and club which encompasses approximately 80 acres. The purchase of the Country Club provides the Tribe with an economic footprint in the heart of its aboriginal territory. The Nez Perce people have a deep connection to this area of Washington, which was part of the original Nez Perce Reservation, reserved in the Nez Perce Treaty of 1855. As one of the largest employers in the region, the Tribe prides itself on helping augment and diversify the local economy and believes investment in this area will benefit everyone. The Tribe looks forward to working with the business community in Asotin County to help this area continue to grow and prosper, a press release states.
“The shared interest of all parties involved in the transaction, was to keep the Country Club thriving. The Tribe is enthusiastic about making that happen. Our goal is to enhance the property and make this the premier golf course we locals have always known it to be,” concluded Wheeler.