WOODLAND – The new owners of the Lewis River Golf Course, just east of Woodland, are updating the riverside property and expanding restaurant hours.
Princess Cheese LLC took over the course in October 2021 with the intention of “reinvesting in its recreational nature”, according to a press release. Owners want to be referred to by their LLC name, said Nelly Sweet, chief executive. Portland resident Matthew Dumke is listed as a governor of the LLC, according to a report filed with the Washington Secretary of State.
“Princess Cheese has a long-term vision for the property that brings an original and exhilarating experience and vision to this beloved acreage,” the press release reads.
Sweet said the new owners have invested a lot of money in the course to update it and are working on the building.
“We’re super excited,” she said. “The townspeople were looking to have a place where they could hang out and have an amazing dinner party. We’re excited the community is seeing some changes.”
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The golf course has been around since 1967, growing from its original nine holes to 18 in 1969. The current clubhouse opened in 2001 and includes a pro shop, restaurant with outdoor patio, and event space on the second floor .
Sweet said the golf course remained open during the change in ownership. It closed for a few months in the spring of 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
North Fork Grill was open seasonally from March through October, but the new owners plan to keep it open year-round, Sweet said. Staff decide on restaurant hours, which will be posted on the course’s website, she said.
The restaurant has a new chef and a new menu, expanded to include dinner, Sweet said.
Management is restocking the pro shop, said Kayley Autrey, assistant pro shop manager.
Over the past two months, the course has been fertilized and the greens aired, Autrey said. The owners have invested in other repairs, such as replacing traction strips on stairs and decks and cleaning outdoor bathrooms, she said.
The 18-hole golf course is open year-round, though rain or other inclement weather can limit hours, Autrey said. On busy days, the course stays open longer. Last Thursday, a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s, the course was open from about 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Autrey said.
“As long as people make tee times, we will stay open,” she said.
Golfers can call ahead or book a tee time on the course’s website. People are also welcome to call with questions, Autrey said.
The course also hosts indoor and outdoor events, such as weddings and parties.
The Woodland Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and after-hours meet and greet during Thursday.
Lewis River Golf Course is hosting a grand reopening from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Easter Brunch on Sunday. Brunch will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the grill will open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The course will also hold three Easter egg hunts for children of different ages and hide four golden eggs around the course for golfers.