Lam’s Golf Links was founded and built in 1972 by William (Bill) and George Lam.
Owner-designer Bill Lam once said that his love of golf drove him to turn his what was once a poultry farm and what was once hay and grain fields into his own little paradise. Born and raised on Whidbey Island, Bill bought the property in 1941 and started a chicken farm. The current clubhouse is a former chicken coop.
After he lost interest in chicken farming, Bill rented his property out while he headed for Oregon to take up logging as a way of life.
He came back to Whidbey in the mid-1950’s and started working for Krieg Construction where he worked for approximately 20 years, mostly as a bulldozer operator.
It was while working in construction that his dream of building a Whidbey golf course on his property developed.
Bill was part of the Krieg Construction crew which built the first nine at the Useless Bay Course on the south end of Whidbey Island and helped with the original nine at Whidbey Golf and Country Club, so Bill had experience in Whidbey golf course construction.
The real plans for his course were drawn up by Bill and Bob Ronhaar in their free evenings while they were staying east of the mountains on a job for Krieg Construction.
The Oak Harbor golf course was not created overnight but was a two-year chore Bill performed in his spare time while working for Krieg Construction.
Bill did most of the earth-moving with rented Krieg Construction equipment and built the course mostly by himself.
“I had it sketched out on paper, but most of it I had in my head, and I knew what I had to do and just did it.” ~ Bill Lam
Unfortunately, in 1999 Bill passed away. In 2001 Jason Gentry, George’s grandson, returned to Whidbey Island to purchase and run Lam’s Golf Links.
Lam’s Golf Links is a par three, nine-hole Whidbey golf course located in Oak Harbor, Washington near Deception Pass State Park.