Author: Traveling Golf Gal

About Traveling Golf Gal

Hello! Welcome to Traveling Golf Gal. There is nothing better than a great day out on the golf course. I created this space to share my experiences and connect with fellow golfers. I am San Francisco based and get out to explore new courses and adventures as much as possible. I hope you enjoy this site!

Druids Glen Golf Club, Covington, WA

As a Washington native, I really enjoy playing in my home state during the summer months.  Druids Glen Golf Club, just outside of Seattle, Washington, is one of the top ten courses to play in Washington. This is an upscale championship course that will give you a good challenge, but the scenic views of Mount Rainier will distract you from your score:

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Druids Glen is 7,146 yards carved out of 230 acres of second growth forest featuring sculpted bent grass tee boxes, fairways, and true Northwest poa annua greens.

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Architect Keith Foster said, “It’s a rare opportunity to design a course on a property as spectacular as this.  The views, the elevation change and desire to create a championship quality course made this a special project.”

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As a history buff, I really enjoyed learning the story behind the name of the course, which you can find on the website: The Druids of Celtic times were the absolute power of the community.  The Druids were priests, poets, philosophers, physicians, judges and prophets.  The Druids spent 20 years memorizing sacred texts, as these texts were not reproduced.  According to Caesar, the Druids were the exclusive intellectual elite, and were recruited from the ranks of nobility.  The Glen was a sacred place where the Druids came together to share knowledge, experience and expertise.

My golf buddy spent some sacred time off the fairway:

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Despite our questionable play, we really enjoyed the views:

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This course is definitely worth hitting up if you’re ever in the Seattle area….and you should probably plan on being in the Seattle area next week for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay!!

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Sunridge Canyon Golf Club, Foothills, AZ

There’s almost nothing I’d rather do than take a long weekend to golf in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Scottsdale has everything a golf gal needs:  amazing courses to choose from, stunning hotel pools, great restaurants and nightlife, spas, and fantastic shopping.  If you’re up for a scenic drive in the area, I recommend playing at Sunridge Canyon Golf Club, home of the Wicked Six!

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This Course offers amazing views in a rugged-desert setting, deep within rock-faced canyons and weather-worn ravines, which contrasts perfectly with the finely manicured greens:

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I love a good challenge, and this course doesn’t disappoint!  The final six holes, dubbed the “Wicked Six,” are made up of two par 5s, two par 4s and two par 3s.  All except the par 3s play uphill in a gradual, yet significant climb.  The holes would play moderate to long if they were on level ground, but they’re quite wicked.  Make sure you choose the appropriate tees at the beginning of the round to stay under control for the final six.  Here’s the 18th hole:

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I am all tuckered out, but still having a good time:

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Let me know if you make it out to Sunridge Canyon and conquer the Wicked Six!  Don’t forget to follow my adventures on Instagram @travelinggolfgal!

The Course at Wente Vineyards

I recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area.  One of the reasons I was drawn to the area is golf: there are an incredible array of courses and the weather is great year-round.  I’m currently making my way through all the courses and thus far my favorite has been The Course at Wente Vineyards, in Livermore, CA.

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This is a premier course designed by Greg Norman, which opened in July 1998.  The 18-hole championship course is a stunning 7,181-yard, par-72, upscale course tucked away in the wine country of Livermore Valley, 50 minutes east of San Francisco.  Here I am teeing off on the 14th hole:

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Check out the amazing view from the driving range:

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The Course has three distinct topographies, including Native woodlands, mature vineyards and rolling hills of grasslands.  Along the way, you’ll find picturesque views and challenging play.  (I have to admit to losing a bit of pride and a few golf balls along the way!)  Not surprisingly, the Course has played host to the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship, part of the PGA Tour’s Nationwide Tour.

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One of the highlights is driving your golf cart up Lombard Street to the tenth hole:

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The Grill offers delicious food, drinks (including Wente wines) and has views of the 18th hole:

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Definitely try some of Wente Vineyards‘ wines.  I really enjoyed the Riva Ranch Chardonnay and the Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon.

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If you ever find yourself in the Bay Area to golf, put this course on your list!  Give yourself extra time for lunch at The Grill, wine tasting, or dinner at The Restaurant.

What are your favorite courses in the Bay Area?  I’d love to add them to my list!

Harbour Pointe Golf Club

I grew up in the Seattle area and always love hitting up golf courses in my hometown.  Harbour Pointe Golf Club located in Mukilteo, WA, just north of Seattle, is one of my favorite courses in the Pacific Northwest.

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This course, designed by Arthur Hills, offers a challenging and varied golf experience by providing two distinct nines.  The front nine features little elevation change and winds through wetlands with water in play on every hole.  The back nine is set among rolling hills, providing breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains:

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It’s always important to bring your favorite golf buddies to enjoy bloody mary’s, beer, hot dogs, and “that’s what she said” jokes:

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What are your favorite courses in the Pacific Northwest?  Are you going to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay next month?

Mountain Shadows Golf Club

Arizona is one of the best states for golfing in the US.  The weather is fantastic year-round and there are an abundance of great courses to play.  Just make sure you get a very early tee time during the piping-hot summer months!

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Mountain Shadows Golf Club is nestled in the foothills of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona. This is an executive course comprised of many par-3s and a small number of par-4s.  The views from this course are stunning and the short fairways make for quick play:

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Don’t forget to browse retirement homes along the way!  This golf cart garage pretty much sums up my retirement dreams:

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Please note that this course is currently being renovated and will open in 2016.  I’m looking forward to playing the renovated course next year!

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There are a lot of amazing resorts in the Scottsdale area to choose from.  Recently, I had the pleasure of staying at the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix.  Built in 1929, this luxury property is set on 39 lush acres featuring eight swimming pools, seven tennis courts, a full-service spa, and amazing golf courses at the adjacent Arizona Biltmore Country Club.  Here’s a view of one of the pools from the balcony of my hotel room:

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While staying at the Biltmore, I dined at Geordie’s Restaurant in the Wrigley Mansion, just up the hill from the hotel.  The views of the city were absolutely stunning and the food was excellent.  I recommend going during sunset:

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What are your favorite courses to play in Arizona?

Wine Valley Golf Club

Wine Valley Golf Club is located in Walla Walla, Washington, a small town amongst hundreds of wineries in Eastern Washington.  This is one of my favorite weekend destinations for fantastic golf, tasting Washington’s many wines and fine dining.

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Wine Valley Golf Club is a stunning links-style course designed by architect Dan Hixson.  This course plays over rolling hills in the shadow of the Blue Mountains.  Each hole allows multiple lines of play ensuring a great round for every type of golfer.  The course has broad fairways, which accommodate challenging conditions including dramatic bunkers and bold putting greens.

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Spend at least a day visiting the local wineries – it’s also a perfect post-golf activity.  Wine weekends run from early April through the Holiday Barrel Tasting in December.  The Walla Walla Wine Alliance posts a complete list of wineries on its website.  My favorites include Va Piano, Pepper Bridge, K Vitners, Seven Hills, a Maurice, Woodward Canyon, and Long Shadows.

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STAY

There are several options to stay overnight in Walla Walla for every budget – just remember to book ahead during the summer months!

The Inn at Abeja is quite possibly the most amazing place I’ve ever stayed.  It’s a stunning turn-of-the-century farmstead where original outbuildings have been restored to lovely, spacious, individual and private guest accommodations.  The Inn is surrounded by thirty-five acres of vineyards, gardens, lawns and creeks for guests to enjoy.  It provides the ultimate relaxation.

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Upon arrival, guests are greeted to glasses of wine in their suites:

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The complimentary breakfast served on the patio was literally the best I’ve ever had (come hungry!):

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Other options include the town’s famous Marcus Whitman hotel and if you’re looking to save more money for wine (always!), I recommend the centrally located La Quinta Inn Walla Walla.

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Definitely have dinner at Whitehouse Crawford – prepare to be wowed.  This restaurant is set in a renovated wood-planing mill and spotlights local meats, poultry and produce, featuring regional wines.  Also hit up T. Maccaroni and Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, both of which will contribute to a fantastic weekend.  If you plan on tasting at Woodward Canyon, you really ought to have lunch on their patio.  It’s a scenic location and you’ll be served fantastic food.

If you haven’t already, start planning your Walla Walla golf and wine weekend now!  Don’t forget to let me know how it goes.