Here’s my quick-and-dirty list of five golf courses to play while you’re in Seattle-Tacoma for the U.S. Open! While I would normally include Chambers Bay on the list, it’s doubtful you’ll be able to make a tee time this weekend. 😉
The Golf Club at Newcastle is a premier Pacific Northwest golf course featuring 36 holes of championship (read: tough) golf. This hilltop course offers stunning panoramic views of Lake Washington and Seattle to enjoy while getting your butt kicked on the course. Coal Creek Course is the course of choice for newcomers due to it’s gorgeous views, elevation change and tough play. The China Creek Course is a better bet for less experienced golfers. The 44,000 square foot clubhouse (castle?!) is always a pleasure to visit. Hit up The Calcutta Grill in the morning for a high-quality Bloody Mary or a Baileys with a splash of coffee. The Wooly Toad upstairs is the perfect spot to grab post-round drinks and delicious food while bragging about your score with your buddies, watching golf, or playing billiards.
This is the first course on which I ever played 18 holes. It will always have a special place in my heart. Its 36 holes offer classic Pacific Northwest beauty. The Olympic Course has received many accolades and hosted quality tournaments, in part due to the playability. While there are several chances to make birdies, the small greens provide a good challenge. Notably, it was at this course that Jordan Spieth won the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Cascade Course has a long history of providing championship golf in the Northwest. It has tree lined fairways with plenty of driving area for a more friendly golfer experience. It’s very walkable with minimal elevation change.
This 18-hole course is one of the most popular courses to play on the Kitsap Peninsula, a short drive and ferry ride away from Seattle. Each hole is very playable for golfers of all skill levels. The Cedar Ridge Grill has great food and provides Northwest views overlooking the 18th hole. White Horse was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the ‘Top 10’ best new public golf courses in 2007. In 2015, it does not disappoint.
I hope you enjoy your stay in the Seattle-Tacoma area! Let me know if you play any of the above courses. I’d love to hear about your golf experiences!