August is the only time we in the Pacific Northwest can count on sunny skies and dry days – perfect time to hit the links! Whether you’re an amateur, a pro or somewhere in between, there are great golf courses around town for you. Here is just a sampling of our favorites:
For those of you further south, visit the Auburn Golf Course situated on 150 acres of scenic hillside. A full-service 18-hole facility, the fair, but challenging par 71 course hosts more than 50,000 rounds of golf a year!
29630 Green River Road SE, Auburn, WA
Want to play where the pros do? Head to Chambers Bay Golf course in University Place, home to the 2015 U.S. Open and 2010 U.S. Amateur Championships. This 18 hole championship course provides a traditional, links-style layout featuring some of the most impressive scenery of any course.
Chambers Bay was the first course in the state to be certified by Audubon International as a Silver Signature Sanctuary – a distinction given only to new developments which are designed, constructed and maintained to enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide.
6320 Grandview Drive W, University Place, WA
In the shadow of Mt. Rainier, the 7,146-acre Druids Glen Golf Club offers challenges to all skill levels. With more than 60 strategically placed sand bunkers and nine lakes, this course is rated one of the top 10 most difficult courses in the state.
29925 207th Ave. SE, Kent, WA
For the average golfer, Foster Golf Links in Tukwila provides 18 holes on just less than 5,000 acres. The course is easy to walk and is adjacent to the meandering Duwamish River, which surrounds 65 percent of the course.
13500 Interurban Ave S, Tukwila, WA
If you want to sneak away to play a little golf, Interbay Golf Center is the perfect place! The center houses facilities for driving, pitching, chipping, putting and sand-play and heated driving range stalls, as well as PGA and LPGA certified instructors. Want to play with your family? The center also offers a miniature golf course.
2301 15th Ave. West, Seattle, WA
In the Beacon Hill neighborhood lays the 6,200 yard Jefferson Park Golf Club. Jefferson Park offers a nine-hole executive course, a driving range and opportunities for instructions. Built in 1915 by one of America’s pioneer golf architects, Scotsman Thomas Bendelow, built the course with sweeping views of downtown and Mt. Rainier.
4101 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle, WA
As one of the busiest courses in the area, Maplewood Golf Course boasts a par 72 course to more than 6,100 yards from the back tees. This course is fun for all skill and age levels with ponds, traps, creeks, tree-lined fairways and firm fast greens.
4050 Maple Valley Highway, Renton, WA
The 18-hole North Shore Golf Course in Tacoma features 6,305 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.3 and has a slope rating of 129 on blue grass.
4101 North Shore Boulevard, Tacoma, WA
The City of Kent’s Riverbend Golf Complex includes an 18-hole and 9-hole course, driving range with instruction center, three pro-shop and an 18-hole miniature golf course.
2019 West Meeker Street, Kent, WA
Tyee Valley Golf Course – As one of the most affordable courses, Tyee Valley Golf Course offers 18-hole greens fees as low as $10. The course has a flat front nine and a hilly back nine and water comes into play on several holes.
2401 South 192nd Street, SeaTac, WA
Located just nine miles from the airport, the West Seattle Golf Club offers challenges to the best players. The first nine holes lie along Longfellow Creek on a flat terrain, but the back nine plays more difficult as it’s very hilly and most affected when the afternoon winds pick up. Designed by famed architect H. Chandler Egan, who also redesigned Pebble Beach.
4470 35th Ave. SE, Seattle, WA
With stunning city and mountain views, The Golf Club at Newcastle’s Coal Creek, is a Robert E. Cupp and Fred Couples-designed course playing more than 7,000 yards and features 300 feet in elevation change.
15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle, WA
Want to play where the University of Washington’s men’s and women’s golf teams play? The Washington National Golf Club was designed by award-winning architect John Fought and features both 5,100 and 7,300 yard tee options.
14330 SE Husky Way, Auburn, WA
Voted “Best Public Golf Course” by Seattle Magazine readers in 2009, Trophy Lake offers a daring, risk-reward golf experience with sloping fairways, expansive greens and more than 80 deep-faced, white sand bunkers throughout the 7,206 yards.
3900 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard, WA
The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie offers both The Woodlands and The Links. The Woodlands is carved out of dense Northwest forest and stretches to 7,170 yards. The Links features expansive fairways and beautiful views of Mt. Rainier with five sets of tees for golfers of all playing abilities.
8383 Vicwood Lane, Lacey, WA