The new course at Salish Cliffs is carved form an emormous 400-acres of pristine land, with each hole seperated. (Courtesy of Forbes)

World-class golf course opening on Washington reservation
A Forbes contributor is calling the new Salish Cliffs golf course that opened this weekend in western Washington “first rate” in his review.

The Salish Cliffs Golf Club adds another stellar element to the Pacific Northwest’s already lush golf course lineup, Forbes’ Larry Olmsted reports.

    The Pacific Northwest has been booming in terms of great golf for the past decade, and is now home to a collection of world class public courses, including the four at Bandon Dunes, the three at Sunriver, and most recently, the soon to be US Open venue Chambers Bay. Every new course that opens here gives golf travelers more ammunition to justify this as a destination trip, and Salish Cliffs ups the firepower.

    One other nice thing about casino courses is that they usually have no real estate component, meaning no homes, and many Native American tribes have ample land for the architect. In this case Bates got about 400 pristine acres, a designer’s dream come true – 18-hole layouts have been built on less than 100-acres. The land is heavily covered with mature Douglas firs and maple trees, and rolls across the base of a mountain range on the Olympic Peninsula, with a total onsite elevation change of nearly 600 feet, again huge by golf course standards.

Berenstain Bears now speaking Lakota language

The beloved bears of Bear Country always lending a hand in teaching a lesson are on a new mission these days: To teach young fans an endangered Native language.

As the Associated Press reports, the Berenstain Bears are now speaking Lakota.

    Lakota for the “Compassionate Bear Family,” the animated series “Mathó Waúnsila Thiwáhe” is the first animated series ever translated into an American Indian language and began airing this week on public television in North Dakota and South Dakota. Twenty episodes of the Berenstain Bears were dubbed into the ancient language of the Sioux, whose tribal lands span both states, and will run weekly through 2011.

    . . .

    Fewer than 6,000 of the 120,000 members of Sioux tribes, who often identify themselves as Lakota, speak the language or its less common but closely related Dakota dialects. The average age of a Lakota speaker is 60, he said.

Jenna Cederberg

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