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Cedarcrest Golf Course

An unlikely pair of gentlemen from an unlikely place gave the citizens of Snohomish County, Washington its first public golf course in 1929. Roy C. Sargent, former mayor of Aberdeen, Washington, and Roy H. Dobell, former professor of architecture while at Oregon Agricultural College in Corvallis, Oregon, formed a partnership to build a golf course on farm lands near Marysville. Initially called the Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, it would later become the Cedarcrest Golf Course.

The land on which the Cedarcrest Golf Course sits was settled by an early Marysville pioneers Cordt
Henry and Anna Quast. This land became to be known as the Quast Ranch. The 1920s was a period of tremendous growth in the popularity of golf all across America and the Pacific Northwest was no
exception. Snohomish County had the Everett Golf and Country Club, established in 1910, but no public course for the general populous. Sargent, who had family connections in Everett, along with Dobell, saw an opportunity and leased the Quast Ranch property in October, 1928. While neither man had a strong background in golf, Dobell had laid out the Bridgeway Golf Course (now the Golf Club of Oregon) in Albany, Oregon and the Beachway Public Golf Course (now defunct) in Aberdeen in 1927. ​

Work on constructing an 18-hole golf course began immediately, and in a few short months, the Hillcrest Golf and Country Club opened for play using temporary greens. The official opening date was June 1, 1929 when the permanent greens were readied.

Sargent and Dobell were not alone in seeing the business opportunities that golf afforded. Close on
their heels, indeed, almost simultaneously, two other courses opened for play near Everett and
Marysville. A private nine-hole course named the Edgewater Golf and Country Club, located on Smith Island just across the Snohomish River from where Legion Memorial Golf Course now sits, opened mere two weeks later on June 15, 1929. Yet another nine-hole course, called Quil Ceda Golf Course, just five miles north of Marysville, opened about the same time. The Hillcrest course was rudimentary to be sure. “Short, but sporty” at 4700 yards, the course proved to be a popular among the Marysville and Everett populace. Green fees were set at 50 cents for all day weekdays, and $1 on weekends.

If the 1920s were the boom years for golf, then the 1930s were the bust years. The timing could not
have been worse for golf courses built in 1929. Mere five months after Hillcrest opened, the stock
market crashed and the Great Depression began its relentless march. Many golf courses found it
difficult to survive. Among the casualties were the newly formed Edgewater G&CC and the Quil Ceda
Golf Course, both of which had disappeared by 1936.

Hillcrest was not exempt from its own financial difficulties. Whether it was this, or some other reason,
by 1935, Sargent was done with running a golf course and returned to Aberdeen. Faced with the stark
reality of returning the property to farm land, or to continue to operate the golf course, the Quast family chose the latter option. Two sons of Cordt Quast, Paul and Tom, took over. Neither man had a background in golf: Paul was a truck driver, and Tom a chemist with the Weyerhaeuser Company. It was at this point, in 1935, that the golf course was renamed to Cedarcrest Golf Course. Tom Quast saw the golf course strictly as a business venture. Their greatest contribution to golf, however, was
producing one of the finest golfers in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Anne Quast (Sander), born in 1937, described her first set as three cut-down hickory-shafted clubs in a plaid bag she received from a family friend at the age of three.

From these humble beginnings at Cedarcrest, Anne went on to become a three-time U. S. Women’s
Amateur champion, a British Women’s Amateur Champion and a three-time U.S. Senior Women’s
Amateur champion. She was also an eight-time Curtis Cup player. A truly remarkable record.
The City of Marysville purchased the Cedarcrest Golf Course in 1971 and has operated it ever since. In
1997, the course underwent a major redesign under the direction of John Steidel, a noted golf architect. Many of the holes have been rerouted and changed, but a few still remain as they were in the early years.