- Layout: 8
- Conditions: 7
- Staff: 5
- Value: 7
— Not counted in TCS™, but just as important (imo):
- Pace of Play: Moderate.
Layout: The layout is very nice. I love mountain golf and despite being near the ocean (roughly 60 miles east of the western Washington coast), this course is tucked in the hills with enough elevation change and pine lined fairways as to feel like only the PNW can. Lovely!
Conditions: It was still very wet at the end of February when I played here. Taking that into consideration I’d give it an above average rating, but my ball plugged on nearly every drive. That makes any kind of distance very challenging. I’d love to play here in August, but alas, with as much golf as I need to experience I’ll likely never be back to this lovely course.
The Staff: Everyone was nice enough. I was bombing my driver on the practice tee to the back flag on the range and the grounds crew watching were making some faces. At first I assumed they were admiring the distance, but it soon seemed less complimentary, can’t say why, but there was a strange vibe coming from the grounds crew.
Value: $60 for 18, includes the cart and a small bag of range balls to warm up with. Not bad, but considering the $60 rental care to get from SEA to the course, value is high, but not amazing.
I was paired with a local father and son duo. They were okay golfers, but they both liked to use the word “dude” and “bro” a lot to each other, and even to me on occasion. I don’t know what it is about these words, but I always find them off putting. Kinds of like being called “buddy” by a friend. Something just rankles. *insert shrug emoji
Scorecard: I played very well, been on a bit of a hot streak since coming out of my slump in the fall: LINK