Anyone who watched the US Open over the summer can guess what #1 is going to be. But these other 4 courses offer spectacular layouts, views and the lushness you would expect from the Pacific Northwest. And all of them are about an hour from Seattle!
#5 – The Home Course
The Home Course, sitting above Puget Sound in Dupont, WA, is a newish course (opened in 2007) that also houses the offices of the WSGA and PNGA. This is very well maintained layout is well worth a trip and it sits within 45 minutes of Seattle. The wide fairways will lure you into a false comfort, the approach shots become a lot trickier.
#4 – TPC Snoqualmie
The Tournament Players Course at Snoqualmie Ridge was designed to accommodate PGA Tour events and you notice these details as soon as you step foot on the property. It’s a solid Jack Nicklaus course design, and being a TPC course the greens are as pure as you will find in the area.
Doesn’t this all sound too good to be true? Well it is, in a way. This is a private club. However, with some planning with the good folks at Salish Lodge, a one night stay will get you access to tee times for either the day of or day after.
#3 – Gold Mountain
Gold Mountain is an absolute sleeping giant in Northwest golf -highly acclaimed, but somehow still under the radar. Dramatically sculpted into the Washington splendor, the Olympic Course has garnered impressive awards and has taken its place as one of America’s finest public courses. The USGA and NCAA agree, as they stage championships at the Olympic frequently — this is where Jordan Spieth met his caddie Michael Greller.
#2 – Newcastle
The Golf Club at Newcastle features amazing views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and the Seattle skyline throughout its 36 holes of championship golf. Designed by Robert E. Cupp, with a hand from Seattle’s favorite golfing son, Fred Couples, both the Coal Creek and China Creek courses offer unique golfing experiences.
#1 – Chambers Bay
Our top ranking has to go to the one most of you saw on TV — Chambers Bay, the host of the 2015 United States Open, is a links-style course in University Place, WA, a 50 minute drive south of Seattle. As a public course, Chambers Bay offers the very rare opportunity to play a major championship venue in the United States
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