Seattle's water-bound geography presents a somewhat unique challenge for golfers: there is a distinct shortage of land available to host golf courses. Within the city itself are only four municipal courses and a handful of private country clubs, which means golf enthusiasts in Seattle usually have to travel a bit farther than links lovers in other cities. The tradeoff is that the cost of golfing here is much less than in most major metropolitan areas, and the natural beauty of the courses is incredible.
5500 140th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 425-452-7250
This par 71 municipal course uses a flat, easy layout with winter rye fairways and few hazards. The course measures 5,521yds from the blue tees and offers power carts, lessons and a covered driving range. Green fees are quite modest, with a peak season range of $16-$31.
29925 207th Ave SE, Kent WA 253-638-1200
Play a round at Druid's Glen in Kent and you may find it hard not to stop and stare: the course features fabulous views of Mount Rainier. You'll want to concentrate on your game, however, as the 6,574 yards of rolling fairways and encroaching ponds will test your skill. Don't miss the on-site brewpub at the clubhouse, either. Green fees range from $43-53.
Read more: www.druidsglengolf.com
15500 6 Penny Lane, Newcastle WA 425-793-4653
Located on Seattle's lower east side, Newcastle's 36-hole complex is one of the most upscale clubs in the metro area. Their signature course is Coal Creek, a Robert Cupp/Fred Couples-designed tract that features city and mountain views and 300 feet of elevation change. The China Creek course is shorter but offers an equally enjoyable golfing experience. Newcastle also features an 18-hole bent grass putting course and a top-notch practice facility. Rates are in the $100-150 range.
Read more: www.newcastlegolf.com
11817 Harbour Point Blvd, Mukilteo WA 425-355-6060
One of the hidden gems of Washington golf can be found in Mukilteo, about 30 miles north of Seattle. The course was designed by the legendary Arthur Hills with an emphasis on water. A daunting 6,598yds from the blue tees, Harbour Pointe is a challenging and beautiful course. Eight out of the first nine holes incorporate water while the back nine feature hillier terrain. Green fees are in the $42-53 range during peak season.
Read more: www.harbourpointegolf.com
1000 NE 135th St, Seattle WA 206-363-4747
Opened in 1930, Jackson Park has a nine-hole course in addition to its 5,720-yd par 18-hole course. The courses have dense tree growth lining their wide-open fairways, and a small creek comes into play on three holes. Green fees range from $26-$31.
Read more: www.jacksonparkgolf.com
11825 Trilogy Parkway, Redmond WA 866-305-1857
One of Seattle's newest golf clubs, Trilogy at Redmond Ridge is situated in an over-55 housing development. The Gary Panks layout runs through evergreens and around preserved wetlands, incorporating 43 bunkers and water on nine holes. A driving range and putting green are on site. Fees range from $29-74.
Read more: http://www.intrawestgolf.com/directory/course65.asp
14330 SE Husky Way, Auburn WA 253-333-5000
The "home course" of the University of Washington men's and women's golf teams, Washington National combines an exceptional golf experience with a unique collegiate theme. The layout is a traditional USGA preferred style that gradually increases in difficulty, with the last five holes requiring particular care. The public section of the extensive practice center has rye grass practice tees, a practice bunker, a bent grass chipping green and an 11,000 square foot practice putting green. Green fees range from $37-62.
Read more: www.washingtonnationalgolfclub.com
4470 35th Ave SW, Seattle WA 206-935-5187
West Seattle's 18 championship holes offer some of the best views of downtown Seattle to go along with a challenging golf experience. The front nine is mostly flat terrain winding alongside Longfellow Creek. The back nine is more difficult despite a shorter length, due mostly to its hilly layout and the effects of the afternoon winds. Green fees are $26-31.
Read more: www.westseattlegolf.com
2501 15th Ave W, Seattle WA 206-285-2200
Interbay is a great in-city golf experience that is perfect for beginners or those looking to work on their short game. Just minutes from downtown, the 1,327yds of rye and bent grass are bordered by the neighborhoods of Magnolia and Queen Anne. The course is especially popular with business people seeking a nearby break. Getting warmed up is easy as Interbay has a covered driving range with targeted tees, a putting green and chipping green as well as a miniature golf course. Green fees are generally around $12-15.
Read more: http://www.westseattlegolf.com/interbay.asp