By Jack Stubbs
On Friday, March 8th, the Willows run Golf Course in Redmond, Washington, sold for $11.3 million, according to King County public records. The buyer was Sasada Sports International based in Murrieta, California. The seller is listed as Access Golf LLC, an entity that shares the same address as Vulcan Inc.
Vulcan Inc did not respond to emailed requests for comments about the transaction in time for the publishing of this story.
The property, located at 10442 Willows Road, shares the same address as the Willow Run Golf Complex. According to public documents, the recent transaction included eleven different parcels, which contains a number of different properties. One of these is a 10,680 square foot clubhouse built in 1994.
The Willow Run Golf Course is approximately two miles north of downtown Redmond and roughly five miles east of Kirkland. Additionally, the property is about three miles from access to Interstate-405.
Across Lake Washington from Seattle, Redmond has seen substantial activity from various technology companies looking to make their mark in Eastside cities, with Facebook as one notable example. In October 2018, Facebook leased around 85,000 square feet across two locations in Bellevue, the Key Center a 488,479 square foot property located at 601 108th Ave. NE, and the 416-755 square foot Skyline Tower, located at 10900 NE 4th St.
Along with the leases signed in downtown Bellevue, Facebook has been making its presence known in Redmond over the last few quarters. Early last years, the company acquired two high tech/flex buildings in Redmond totaling just over 72,000 square feet for $20 million from Redmond-based Crane Aerospace Inc.
And Facebook has amassed nearly 700,000 square feet of office space across a number of properties around Redmond’s Willows Road, according to sources with direct knowledge of the company’s activities in the region.
In other areas, too, Facebook continues to explore the growing world of virtual reality. In mid-August 2018, BuildZoom tracked $106 million in construction and development permits filed over the past three years for Facebook Oculus’ offices in Redmond.
Analyzing data from BuildZoom’s National Permit Database, the company found that of more than 180 permits were filed, issued and finalized for Oculus projects across 11 buildings in Redmond. In total, Facebook had spent more than $106 million since July 2015 to develop labs and offices there, with $88.3 million of those permits filed in 2018 alone.