David Maclay-Kidd’s fingerprints are on some of the best golf courses in the states, including Bandon Dunes. Now, nearly 400 miles away, Kidd is ready to create another masterpiece in Washington.
Westport Golf Links is approaching the final stages of the environmental review process, and if approved, could be a catalyst for the local economy. According to King 5 News, Westport anticipates the course will create 350 jobs with an impact of $20 million per year.
“I love golf and this provides an amazing opportunity for an area you would only see in Scotland and Ireland,” Kidd told K5. “It’s almost a crime that there isn’t a true links-style golf course here on the Pacific Ocean.”
Molly Boldt, general manager of Westport Marina, understands just how special this piece of land can be.
“It’s a wonderful city,” said Boldt, “but we have this golden opportunity of 600 acres on the Pacific Ocean. It’s time we open it up for the public to enjoy.”
According to Westport Golf Links’ website, environmental impact is going to be a top priority.
Westport Golf, Inc. Westport Light State Park envisions a championship links golf course and hotel located on largely undeveloped property. We are working with Washington State Parks and the City of Westport to develop a master plan for the park that will improve recreational access and identify potential areas for habitat restoration. Through eco-friendly design and community and stakeholder outreach, we hope to create world-class experiences for both golfers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Residents are coming out in large numbers to hear about the potential project.
Although shovels haven’t hit the dirt, Ryan Day, a Seattle contractor and the mind behind the project, expects golfers on the property by 2025.
“This place is wonderful. It deserves to be enjoyed by the people of Washington,” Day said.