Seattle, the well known home of coffee, rainy days and Nirvana, may not immediately jump to the forefront of anyone’s vision of a golfer’s paradise. However, the drizzly gem of the Pacific Northwest has quietly become home to one of the country’s most vibrant golf scenes. Nestled in the green foliage of the surrounding mountains, Seattle has become a top golfing destination over the past 15 years. The following is our list of Seattle’s best golf courses you can play.
The Golf Club at Newcastle
15500 Six Penny Ln, Newcastle, WA 98059
The Golf Club at Newcastle offers arguably the most beautiful views of any golf course in Seattle. Golfers can enjoy views of the Seattle skyline as well as the Olympic range and the Cascades. In addition to the scenic beauty, golfers have two excellent courses to choose from in Coal Creek and China Creek. Coal Creek was designed by Robert E. Cupp and Masters champion Fred Couples and is a champion caliber course, while China Creek (also designed by Cupp) is a bit shorter and plays easier. Golfers will also enjoy the Golf Club at Newcastle because of the luxury amenities, including the beautiful English manor-style clubhouse and 19th hole.
Harbour Pointe Golf Club
11817 Harbour Pointe Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275
Harbour Pointe Golf Club offers a beautiful woodland course with lots of rolling terrain and elevation changes. The course was designed by Arthur Hills, best known for designs like Bay Harbor Golf Club, Half Moon Bay Golf Links and Newport National Golf Club. Harbour Pointe is the only Hills design in Washington and is challenging for any golfer. The front 9 brings water into play often, while the back 9 plays with the hilly terrain, including the 11th hole that features a 100 foot drop from tee box to green.
Washington National Golf Club
14330 SE Husky Way, Auburn, WA 98092
Home of the University of Washington men’s and women’s golf teams, Washington National is bursting with Husky pride. This is a championship course that provides a challenge from the tips, a burly 7,304 yards, though the multiple tee boxes make the course enjoyable for all golfers. The course was designed by John Fought and features generally wide fairways with interesting bunkering and waste areas. The course also has a generous replay rate for golfers looking to make a full day out of their trip and features good food and beverages at the clubhouse in a relaxed sports bar atmosphere.
Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club
7263 W Belfair Valley Rd, Bremerton, WA 98310
The Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club, Bremerton’s municipal golf complex, has quickly become one of the west coast’s best loved munis. The course was designed by John Harbottle III and opened in 1996. The course offers beautiful views of the surrounding and often snow-capped mountains on this rugged forested course. The course played host to the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and showcased what is often a high risk/reward style of play that tempts golfers to go long over difficult obstacles. This course remains a favorite for many locals, as is the slightly dated Cascade Course that is also available at Gold Mountain.
6320 Grandview Dr W, University Place, WA 98467
And no list of Seattle courses could be complete without Chambers Bay, widely accepted as the best public golf course in the state. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed course played host to the 2015 U.S. Open and is one of state’s sternest challenges. The course offers views of both the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, but differs in its links style layout from most of the courses in the region. It is also a walking only course with knowledgeable caddies available for hire. The course evokes the spirit of Scotland but with a distinct Pacific Northwest flavor and remains Seattle’s best known course.