Beautiful Kahler Glen surprises golfersThe phrase "best kept secret" may be a cliche but, in the case of the Kahler Glen Golf and Ski Resort, the description is spot on. You've probably driven past it dozens of times and you didn't even know it was there.
It's the kind of place you'll want to know is there. This 120-acre resort is carved into the tall forests near Lake Wenatchee and built in such a way that vacationers and golfers enjoy incredible views of the mountains and fairways. Even if you don't golf, Kahler Glen is special.
But if you do golf, it's nirvana. "It's a very challenging and unique mountain-type course," explains General Manager Randy Pelton. "There are a lot of elevation changes, dog legs and a lot of water."
No one knows the course better than Pelton, who actually designed and helped build the course with his partner, Glenn Week. The first nine holes opened in 1989, followed by the second nine in 1995. With his partner, they did all the construction work associated with building the golf course and the development. The spectacular views were all part of the plan and the golf course is a complete surprise for many Lake Wenatchee area visitors who didn't realize it was even there.
From the nearest highways, the Kahler Glen course is obscured by those tall trees. State restrictions allow only the smallest of signs along Highway 2 because the road has been designated a Scenic Highway. The net result: golfers who play Kahler Glen find an exceptional course that isn't nearly as crowded as it would be in a more visible area. For golfers, that's a good thing.
It's especially good for Wenatchee-area golfers who drive on up to Kahler Glen for a change in scenery. It's just an hour, but light years away from the congested courses in the city. Interestingly, Kahler Glen has sweetened the deal this summer, offering a day of golf at Kahler Glen for only $25 if you come up on any Wednesday. Anyone who golfs realizes that kind of pricing is almost unheard of for a quality course like Kahler Glen.
Whether you're a golfer or not, Kahler Glen is an ideal base of operations for the many outdoor adventures that are so prevalent in the Lake Wenatchee area. The area has long been known for incredible hiking trails and the resort is just a dog leg or two from Lake Wenatchee State Park with its access to water recreation. Nearby Fish Lake has boat rentals and both lakes offer some of the region's best fishing.
Horseback riding also is available in the State Park and thrill-seekers will find Leavenworth Zip Lines just about five miles down the road near Plain. Some of the best river-rafting in the state is accessed near Leavenworth, about 20 miles away. And of course, Leavenworth itself is a major tourist destination and just a short scenic drive away through Tumwater Canyon, one of the state's most scenic riverfront highways.
In winter, Kahler Glen is transformed into a cross-country ski paradise with 17 miles of trails accessible from the condos at the resort. There's even ice skating as the driving range freezes over and as many as 60 people are skating at any given time.
In addition to the resort's own Honeycomb Lodge, several restaurants are available in the general area offering a variety of fare from pub food to pizza to barbecue. A grocery store is nearby in Plain so that you can stock up your condo refrigerator and enjoy meals at home.
The housing at the resort is privately owned, but Kahler Glen offers 14 condos, one house and one townhouse for rent. You currently can rent a condo for two people for between $185 and $275 per night, depending on the season. Special pricing is offered for three nights or more.
But even with all the nearby recreation, there's no doubt that golfing is king at Kahler Glen, where longtime Rental Manager Karen Bauder spends a considerable amount of her free time on the course. A native of Lynnwood, Washington, Karen and her family visited the area for camping vacations for many years, always including golf at Kahler Glen in their vacations. Eventually she and her husband built a house near Plain and moved there fulltime.
"We just live and love golf," Karen explains. "It's what you build your life around out here."
(Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort is located at 20700 Clubhouse Drive, Leavenworth, Washington. For more information please visit www.kahlerglen.com or phone 509-763-4025.)
PHOTOS: Kahler Glen Golf Resort; General Manager Randy Pelton
RECOMMENDED LODGING: Leavenworth lodging
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