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Golfers enjoy last round at Lakeview Par 3

Three longtime county courses closed last month

By , Columbian Sports Editor
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A longtime Vancouver course gave golfers a Halloween treat on its last day of operation.

Lakeview Par 3 Golf Challenge let anyone who wore a costume play for free on Sunday.

Douglas Greene, whose family has owned the course since 1990, said more than 200 people came to play one last round at the small course on the shore of Vancouver Lake.

“We actually saw a few people tearing up because they’ve been playing golf here for 25 years,” Greene said.

Greene said he didn’t want to shutter the course. He was involved in a long dispute with Clark County over the property’s taxes and value, which he said increased 460 percent after a zoning change reclassified the property as prime development land.

Lakeview’s closure came in the same month that two other longtime Clark County golf courses — The Cedars on Salmon Creek and Hartwood — also closed for good.

“It’s a sad situation to see the golf courses in the community folding to support the expansion of housing in the Vancouver area,” Greene said.

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