Nez Perce Tribe
Following several months of discussions with the Clarkston Golf and Country Club (Country Club), the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe) officially purchased the establishment February 1. After the purchase was finalized, the Tribe assumed ownership and will continue business as normal for this historic private club, which has been operated for over 80 years.
“The current plan for the site is to invest in the existing infrastructure and facilities. The Country Club has a long and rich history in our area and the Tribe intends to not only preserve, but strengthen and improve this entity. Overall, we envision it to continue to be a top-flight golf course for generations to come,” commented Shannon Wheeler, Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee Chairman.
Adjacent to the Snake River, the 18-hole golf course and club which encompasses approximately 80 acres, will continue to offer this great past-time that is cherished by many. The day-to-day functions will not change and events currently scheduled at the Country Club will also continue as planned. “The Tribe values the Country Club as a respected institution in the community. We intend to keep all current staff, ensuring a smooth transition for club members and guests,” stated Wheeler.
The purchase of the Country Club provides the Tribe with an economic footprint in the heart of its aboriginal territory. The Nez Perce people have a deep connection to this area of Washington, which was part of the original Nez Perce Reservation which was reserved in the Nez Perce Treaty of 1855. As one of the largest employers in the region, the Tribe prides itself on helping augment and diversify the local economy and believes investment in this area will benefit everyone. The Tribe looks forward to working with the business community in Asotin County to help this area continue to grow and prosper.
“The shared interest of all parties involved in the transaction, was to keep the Country Club thriving. The Tribe is enthusiastic about making that happen. Our goal is to enhance the property and make this the premier golf course we locals have always known it to be,” concluded Wheeler.