by Doria Maselli
It’s time to get out and play and what better way than by playing 18 holes with stunning views of summer in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve put together a guide of some local golf courses and clubs where you can go down swinging! Grab your clubs and we’ll see you on the course.
Indian Summer Golf & Country Club
5900 Troon Ln SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Known for its superb, year-round conditioning, The Peter L. H. Thompson designed golf course is built to rigid, tournament-caliber specifications with magnificent, old-growth forest and an abundance of water features. However, with six sets of tees, golfers of every skill level will have a challenging and enjoyable experience round after round. And hidden neighborhood restaurant gem, Embers Restaurant & Lounge, combines international and classic Northwest flavors with stunning views of the surrounding wetlands for a truly exceptional dining experience.
“As of May 1, the club has become semi-private and is no longer member-only,” says Shane Harvey, Assistant Golf Professional. This allows non-members to also come and experience one of the Northwest’s premier golf clubs.”
The Golf Club at Hawk’s Prairie
8383 Vicwood Ln NE, Lacey, WA 98516
Hawk’s Prairie course consists of two distinct, public 18-hole golf courses: The Woodlands and The Links. Outstanding course conditions at both courses, and exceptionally friendly golf team members make it one of the best values for golf in the greater Seattle area.
The Woodlands course is commended for its classic Northwest features, which include sprawling fairways that meander through tall timber, idyllic ponds and wetlands and expansive multi-tiered greens. The fairways are lined by dense old-growth forest, while the course stretches from 5,600 to 7,170 yards, offering players of all levels an exciting challenge.
Designed by Peter L.H. Thompson, The Links course boasts spectacular views of the Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier, creating one of the most scenic rounds you will play. Furnished with open fairways and lush rolling hills, The Links provides a stark contrast to its wooded counterpart. The Scottish-style links course stretches out to the mouth of the Puget Sound, offering something for every player, with 5 sets of tees and water on 9 of 18 holes.
“Our club truly has some of the best views of the unique Pacific Northwest landscape and separate practice facilities including several putting greens and chipping areas. Club memberships are also available with annual membership, club pass and club card options,” says Doug Barnhouse, General Manager.
Olympia Country & Golf Club
3636 Country Club Drive NW, Olympia, WA 98502
This historic private country club, established in 1926, is beautifully situated on the shores on Budd Inlet in Olympia, WA. They pride themselves on not only offering the services of a country club, but a country club where you can bring the family. “Earlier this year, a member-formed LLC took ownership of the club, bringing new, fresh eyes and ideas. We have recently recruited 140 new members, and look forward to additional growth and positive changes,” says Jason Reehm, General Manager.
Capitol City Golf Course
5225 Yelm Hwy SE, Olympia, WA 98513
Capitol City Golf Club offers a challenge for golfers of all abilities. Opened in 1963, their championship 18-hole golf course boasts an outstanding traditional course design with narrow, tree-lined fairways, well-positioned green-side bunkers and exceptional putting greens. And with excellent drainage, the golf course provides the driest playing conditions in western Washington year round. Capitol City Golf Club was voted the best golf course in The Olympian’s “Best of South Sound 2005.”
Tahoma Valley Golf & Country Club
15425 Mosman Ave SW, Yelm, WA 98597
Long known as one of the driest courses in the Puget Sound, Tahoma Valley is a hidden gem. Perfectly manicured greens and new teeing grounds with the opportunity for undulating bump and run golf at its Northwest best. There are views of Mount Rainier from every hole. Enjoy the quiet of playing in the country, something that’s hard to find anywhere else. They have golf professionals to teach you and assist you in buying your new equipment. The restaurant, Tahoma Valley Bar & Grill has fabulous golf course food. In other words, Tahoma Valley has everything you’ve been looking for, and at a price that’s hard to believe.