Riverside Golf Course in Chehalis, Washington, was created more than 80 years ago, but it wasn’t until last year that an RV park was added, following a host of improvements that included a remodeled clubhouse.
Now RVers traveling along Interstate 5 can easily pull off the highway in Chehalis—midway between Seattle and Portland— for a round of golf and stay overnight or longer. The RV park, which is situated along the first hole of the golf course, has 26 spaces with full water and sewer hookups and 50-amp power.
Riverside Golf Course was established in 1927 by the locally prominent Donahoe family, but hadn’t been under local ownership for many years until it was purchased a few years ago by Darrell and Sonja Sorenson. The Sorensons, who own a trucking company in Chehalis, bought the property with the goal of preserving it as an outstanding golf course, but adding facilities that would also make it a center for social activities, so that people would not only come to play golf, but stay for a meal and enjoy the company of friends.
“We loved the golf course,” said Sonja Sorenson, “but we wanted to add a social atmosphere.”
The golf course, which lies alongside the Chehalis River, measures 6,155 yards and is rated par 72 for men (71 from the women’s tees). The well-defined fairways are guarded by tall trees, and when you add a number of water hazards and well-placed, white sand bunkers, you have the ingredients for a challenging round of golf.
Riverside also has a driving range and a well-stocked pro shop.
The remodeled clubhouse includes a restaurant serving lunch and dinner, and a rooftop bar overlooking the ninth fairway. There is both indoor and outdoor seating.
Riverside Golf Course is just a half-mile west of Interstate 5 next to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport. For more information, visit playriversidegolf.com.