Northern Quest Resort & Casino General Manager Phil Haugen spoke with the media on Thursday regarding the Kalispel Tribe's recent purchase of Spokane Country Club.
In a historically significant moment on Tuesday, the Kalispel Tribe
closed the purchase of Spokane Golf and Country Club
, acquiring the property for $3,011,000. Planning to immediately incorporate the golf course into their Northern Quest Resort & Casino
operations, the 117-year-old golf club will now be called Kalispel Golf and Country Club.
Founded in 1898, the country club had a deep, rich history in Spokane that had been threatened by bankruptcy throughout the past few years. The purchase seems to have been a necessary step for the preservation of the course's presence in Spokane, benefiting both the course and its members, as well as the Kalispel Tribe and its business ventures.
In a press conference Thursday morning, Northern Quest Resort & Casino General Manager Phil Haugen spoke about the purchase, and explained the course's new logo of a green frog next to the course name.
"[With] the image, the frog, we wanted to give a nod to our cultural history," said Haugen. "In Indian culture, the frog represents transformation, renewal and rebirth. The frog is proof of health and balance in any ecosystem."
Amidst many impending changes, including a complete remodel of the restaurant with a "gastropub" theme, the course will remain primarily private, with various tee times available to the public on most days. Greens fees will be tentatively set at $115, which includes a round of golf, a cart and range balls.