Pierce County Parks & Recreation officials announced this week the department will no longer operate Fort Steilacoom Golf Course in Lakewood.
The 105-acre, nine-hole course, located adjacent to Western State Hospital, opened in 1951 on land owned by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Pierce County and the State of Washington entered into a lease agreement in 1971 that allowed the county to operate the facility as a public golf course, which hosts about 16,000 rounds of golf, annually.
After 47 years, however, that agreement will expire at the end of this month.
According to information posted on Fort Steilacoom Golf Course’s website, operations will close on Sept. 24, and annual passes and punch card rounds will be allowed through Sept. 30. Golf carts will be unavailable; however, tee times will not be reserved, and access to the Golf Shop may be limited.
According to Pierce County officials, Pierce College and a few local businesses have expressed interest in providing recreation services on the site, which is zoned as designated open space and faces development use restrictions. The State of Washington could determine future recreational activities at Fort Steilacoom Golf Course later this year.
Pierce County Parks & Recreation also manages Chambers Bay Golf Course and Lake Spanaway Golf Course under an agreement with Kemper Sports Management. Each of those 18-hole sites hosts more than 30,000 rounds, annually.