Glen Acres was originally established as the Glendale Golf & Country Club in 1924, the 12th golf course to open in Seattle. It was built as a 9 hole / 18 tee golf course by one of the Pacific Northwest’s most prolific golf course designers of the day, Arthur Vernon Macan. His designs include Broadmoor and Inglewood in Seattle, Fircrest in Tacoma, Royal Colwood in Victoria, and Alderwood in Portland. He was elected to the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1989. He promoted the idea that players should think their way through a round of golf. His unique herringbone drainage systems eliminated the accumulation of water around, on, and under the putting surfaces.
Founders and Charter Members in 1924
President – Leo Schwabacher
Vice President- Julius Lang
Secretary – Herb Schoenfeld’ Also Building Committee Chairman
Treasurer – Joe Newberger
Board Member- Joe Gottstein; Also Founder of Longacres Racetrack (1933)
Golf Course Designer – Arthur Vernon Macan
Other designs include: Inglewood, Rainier, and Broadmoor…
First Head Professional – Perry Gale
In 1958, the entire club membership of Glendale moved to Bellevue and the property was purchased by Northwest developer, Kinney Leanord. Leonard then developed the property on the west side of the golf course into a beautiful variety of townhouses and condos, creating a community of condominiums, golf course, club house and landscaped grounds now owned and maintained by 225 homeowners.
Today, Glen Acres is still going strong. In 2000, Washington’s golf pros selected it as the state’s top 9 hole course. In 2008 it became the home course for Seattle University, and in 2009, the Washington Athletic Club began using it as their practice facility.