- Layout: 6
- Conditions: 6
- Staff: 5
- Value: 7
— Not counted in TCS™, but just as important (imo):
- Pace of Play: Slow to moderate. It cleared out again on the back when we made the turn at 5:30pm.
Another good time with my brother. #trending2020
Walked 18 with a 3:40PM start time. I have never loved this course; I’ve played it several times. Up to today, I always thought it was my inability to score that was tainting my opinion. But, today I ate the course up. If we hadn’t been sprinting on the back nine to get in all 18 holes, I think I could have shot par. A legit par, mind you. I was playing really really well. I had a blast, even with the twosome we were paired with on the front (Dave and Mark, Mark thought he knew my dad, but I don’t think he actually did).
Anyway, back to the course: I enjoy this course and I know people here in my hometown have lots of love for it; I just don’t think it deserves the hype. Relative to other courses in the area, it is a solid above average, and maybe all things considered it’s still a solid 6.0, but it’s not more than that! There are some odd or at least not very interesting holes (e.g., 3, 4, 6, 10, 12). They aren’t bad holes, but they don’t have much to them either.
It’s a beautiful course below Thurston Peak, there’s no question about that. But, I find it is often busy, that conditions aren’t always perfect, and the staff have never wowed me. In fact, I think they are likely guilty of reading their own (local) press. Don’t get me wrong, I like it. I’ll play it many more times I’m sure. But, beware the Valley View kool-aid.
My scorecard: LINK