White Horse Golf Club, Kingston, Washington

When I was in the Seattle area for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, I played White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, WA. White Horse is a short ferry ride away from the Seattle area. Playing this course is the perfect opportunity to take a classic ferry ride across the Puget Sound from Edmonds, WA to Kingston, WA. The Course offers free transportation to and from the Kingston Ferry Terminal. [Side note: I recommend walking on the ferry and being picked up as opposed to driving onto the ferry to avoid potential long ferry lines.] This is the view of the clubhouse upon arriving:

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White Horse is an 18-hole, par 72 course nestled among old growth fir, pine and cedar trees in a classic Pacific Northwest setting. It was purchased by the Suquamish Indian Tribe in 2010, who softened the course conditions (it was once considered one of the most difficult courses in the Northwest) and built a beautiful clubhouse. Local architect John Harbottle made the course playable for all golfers by removing almost half of the bunkers and creating more accessible approach shots onto the greens. Speaking of green, White Horse is a stark contrast to Chambers Bay:

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This course is one of my new favorite courses to play in the Seattle area. It’s challenging, but offers sweet rewards for good play.  Here I am teeing off on the second hole:

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I played this course with an old friend, who got me into golf in the first place. I hate to admit it, but not only does he have a much better swing, I’ll never be able to beat him (it’s always good to dream, though, right?!):

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We walked the course, which was great exercise and provided a lot of wonderful scenery along the way. What a beautiful day it was in the Northwest! Here’s one of the par 3s:

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My favorite hole was the 18th, which has water along the left side, leading up to the beautiful clubhouse:

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Don’t miss having a drink on the patio after your round:

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After we begrudgingly left the patio, we headed back to Kingston and had dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants. I recommend spending a bit of time checking out Kingston, it’s very charming. Then it was time to head home on the ferry:

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Definitely put White Horse on your list if you ever play in the Seattle area.  Don’t forget to follow my golf adventures on Instagram: travelinggolfgal!  Cheers!

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