Kayak Point Golf Course Property (2021)
7703 150th Pl NW. Stanwood, WA 98292
Kayak Point Golf Course is 270 Acres located only 12 miles from City of Marysville. This property was acquired from Atlantic Richfield in 1972 with the rest of Kayak Point Regional Park.
- County Looks to Revive Idled Kayak Point Golf Course (Everett Herald)
The RFP process was completed. The operator that was selected for the course is providing disc golf at the site. They have installed two courses, which are seeing excellent usage and they are planning to install another two courses. Learn more about the Kayak Point Disc Golf Resort.
- After reviewing the RFP proposals and evaluation scores from the October presentations, recommendations were made to the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department Director. There is a qualified respondent that the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department is currently in negotiations with.
- Department response to NextDoor comments/concerns can be found here .
- Questions and answers to an email inquiry from one of our Kayak Point Golf Course property neighbors can be found here .
- In response to that email, we have also attached a scanned copy of the existing concessionaire license agreement here .
- 10/9/20: Update on RFP (request for proposals) 003-20SB - Two (2) of the four (4) proposers who submitted a written proposal related to the golf course property, via RFP 003-20SB, provided a presentation to the RFP Evaluation Committee on Friday, October 9, 2020. Snohomish County Parks staff will review the proposals and evaluation scores and make recommendations to the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department Director.
Similar to the prior three (3) operators of the Kayak Point Golf Course property, Disc Golf Resorts, aka Chainbangers, applied and received a permit to sell alcohol via the State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
- RFP 003-20SB was open through Snohomish County Purchasing.
- Updated 12-13-19
Snohomish County Department of Parks & Recreation Division entered into a one year Concessionaire License Agreement with a vendor that turned in a written proposal through the most recent RFP (request for proposal) process. The vendor operates a disc golf course and will be made some minor improvements to the grounds to accommodate disc golf play and possibly open up the mini golf putt-putt course as well.
In addition, the vendor has also signed a Volunteer Caretaker Service Agreement and is living onsite in an RV to provide additional monitoring and security to the club house building and the grounds as well. County Park Rangers will also continue to monitor the property on a daily basis as well.
- Updated 9-9-19
- Updated 8/21/19
- RFP-29-19SB has been extended from 7/23/2019 to 9/5/2019
- Landscape Architect Magazine Article, March 2019 - "Taking Golf Out of the Golf Course"
- Status of City of Portland’s Public Golf Courses (pdf)
- Updated 7/9/2019
- Updated 7/2/19
- Updated 4-29-19:
- The second RFP ( RFP 09-19SB ) titled “ Public – Private Partnerships for Snohomish County Parks” where Kayak Point Golf Course Property was prominently highlighted was advertised on March 1, 2019 and closed on April 5, 2019. On April 9, 2019 the RFP Evaluation Committee met and evaluated all seven (7) of the written proposals received with five (5) of those being proposals to manage and operate the Kayak Point Golf Course property. The Evaluation Committee recommended to the Parks Department to contact the two (2) proposers that indicated they have nationwide golf course property management experience and hopefully the financial ability to partner with Snohomish County Parks in helping to manage and operate the 270 acre park property.
- On April 12, 2019 County Park staff had a phone conversation, question and answer session, with the two strongest proposers. At the conclusion of that phone conversation it was agreed that the one company that indicated in their proposal that they would have an interest in perhaps contributing capital dollars at the park property if a long term agreement could be signed and executed was scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2019.
- On Friday, April 26, 2019 County Park Staff and two representatives of that firm met, walked the site, and discussed their overall impression and evaluation of what options or recommendations they would propose. It was agreed that they would send county parks a letter outlining their recommendations and the associated costs. County Parks anticipates receiving this information in the next 2-3 weeks.
The RFP for the Kayak Point Golf Course property went live to the general public on 9/17/18 – 11/1/18 through the County’s purchasing website and via a wide spread press release. The RFP also went out to a national golf operator’s publication, over 60 interested or potentially interested vendors and neighbors, was on the front page of The Everett Herald and covered by The Seattle Times. Informative emails to concerned neighbors and park advocates went out from 9/17/18- 11/1/18. All of these things happened in the hope we would attract golf course operators and/or a vendor interested in utilizing the 270 acre golf course property for other outdoor or indoor activities and events.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why did the golf course close?
Access Golf ended their operation at Kayak Point Golf Course on October 21, 2018. Access Golf could no longer meet its contractual obligations of paying Snohomish County a flat fee of $90,000 per year in addition to the Surface Water Management Fees (SWM), 5% admission tax, and lease hold excise tax, etc. Snohomish County renegotiated the flat fee in 2017 for 2018 from $170,000 to $90,000 with the hope that Access Golf could continue to financially afford to operate the golf course with a lessor flat fee.
Why can't Snohomish County subsidize golf?
Unlike cities that can choose to subsidize the cost of a government owned golf course, Snohomish County does not have the financial ability to do so. In 2017, the City of Bothell purchased the Wayne Golf Course and discontinued golf there while offering a passive-use park, public parking, and off-leash-dog-areas instead. The City of Everett has also indicated they are re-considering whether to continue to subsidize golf at Legion and Walter Hall Golf Courses.
Will any change affect surrounding property values?
The change shouldn’t affect the surrounding property values even if the property is utilized as a public park. Property values around the nation have shown to increase 20% or more when near or adjacent to a public park.