Rees Jones, Inc.

Golf Course Design & Architecture

Rees Jones, Inc.
Sahalee Country Club (North/South/East)
Sammamish, Washington
Image: Sahalee Country Club (North/South/East)
Course Type
Design Roles
Course Updates
(Tree Management Plan 2015)
Bunker Renovation
(Bunker Renovation Starting 2022)
Steve Weisser

Client Course Description

Designed by Ted Robinson in 1969 and renovated by Rees Jones in 1996, Sahalee Country Club takes its name after the Chinook phrase “High Heavenly Ground.” The par-72 layout was carved out of the tall, majestic Cedar and Douglas Fir trees native to the Pacific Northwest and is consistently ranked among America’s greatest courses. Sahalee boosts a brand-new bunker and restaurant renovation completion and was just named the host site for the 2024 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. We add this championship to our rich history of hosting major championship golf that include the 1998 PGA Championship, 2002 World Golf Championship, 2010 US Men’s Senior Open and the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

This all weather, year round course is characteristically Northwest with majestic Douglas fir, red cedar and hemlock trees lining its narrow fairways. Sahalee’s 27-holes consist of three 9-hole courses of equal caliber (the North, South and East course), any two of which can be combined to a standard 18-hole course.

Designer Notes

Sahalee Country Club, located in Redmond hosted the 1998 PGA Championship and will be hosting the 2024 KPMG Woman’s PGA Championship. The course is best known for its tight fairways framed with magnificent evergreens. However, the ever changing rolling terrain adds a great deal to the beauty and playability of this outstanding venue.

Rees Jones, Inc. has developed comprehensive Tree Management and Golf Course Master Plans for Sahalee Country Club. Implementation of the Tree Management plan is on-going.

The first phase of the Master Plan is focused on renovating the bunkers on all three courses, strategically moving select bunkers to enhance playability for low and high handicappers alike.  Improvements to the shapes, sizes, locations and depths and the installation of new drainage, modern liners and bunker sand, will all contribute to bunkers built for efficient maintenance and longer life spans.  It is a terrific opportunity to improve the playability, positioning and drama of each bunker. Construction of the first phase began in August of 2022 and will be completed in early 2023.



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Tournament Year(s)
KPMG Women's PGA Championship 2024
KPMG Women's PGA Championship 2016
PGA Championship 1998
U.S. Senior Open 2010


Award Publication
America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses Golf Digest:
America's 100 Best Modern Courses Golfweek
Forty Five, Top 45 Courses Since 1959 Golf Magazine


Headline Date
Sahalee Country Club to Host its Second KPMG Women’s PGA Championship December 15, 2022
2016 Season Brings Top Players to 13 Compelling Rees Jones-Designed Courses January 26, 2016
2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Headed To Sahalee Country Club July 15, 2015

More Information

For more information about Sahalee Country Club (North/South/East), please visit the course’s website.