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4050 Maple Valley Hwy
Renton, WA  98058-2874
United States
P: (425) 430-6800
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https://rentonwa.gov/city_hall/community_services/maplewood_golf_course
Maplewood Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

71 par | 5,712 yards | 115 slope

68.8 rating | Blue grass

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Maplewood Golf Course


The 18-hole "Maplewood" course at the Maplewood Golf Course facility in Renton, Washington features 5,712 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 68.8 and it has a slope rating of 115 on Blue grass. Designed by Al Smith, the Maplewood golf course opened in 1927. Doug Mills manages the course as the General Manager.

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Beverages Available (1) Cart Included (1) Challenging (1) Food Available (1) Friendly Staff (1) Good For Beginners (1) Great Deal (1) Pro Shop (1) Putting Green (1) Scenic (1) Spikes Ok (1) Walkable (1) Well Maintained (1)

Reviewed September 26, 2020

Maplewood is a beautiful municipal golf course located in the Seattle suburb of Renton, a quick 11-mile trip from the city limits. In addition to being a challenging, yet playable course, Maplewood offers great amenities for a full day of fun.

The course itself is well-maintained for a public golf course and the greens are in exceptional shape. Mature trees line most of the holes, testing golfers at every turn while providing a picturesque backdrop. Play a round during the fall and really enjoy the colors and sounds of nature.

The par-72 course is of moderate length, even from the back tees which play just over 6,100 yards. Ponds and creeks border many of the holes so this course is sure to provide a challenge for water-wary golfers. The par-3 sixth hole is particularly tricky with a tee shot over water, a bunker behind the hole and a back-to-front slope on the green.

The 11th hole is the number one handicap hole for golfers, regardless of the tee they are playing from. The hole is not particularly long for a par-4 – it's 401 yards from the back tees – but an errant shot is trouble. Trees and a creek border the right side of the fairway and tall pines are located on the left. The two-tiered green is surrounded by mounds and a bunker.

Overall, there are a good variety of holes, some straight, some with dog legs to the left or right. The course is walkable, if so desired, or golfers can choose to take a cart for a reasonable price. Since the golf course is quite popular in the area, expect to wait on holes during busy times like Saturdays and Sundays. The popularity is due, in part, to the fact that the cost to play on the quality course remains quite affordable.

Maplewood is also very close to the highway, which is convenient but also noisy at times. The noise is a distraction for some golfers, but others barely even notice the sounds.

One of Maplewood's most notable features in addition to the course is its 30-station double-decker driving range. Since the driving range is heated, covered and lighted, golfers can work on their game late in the day and deep into the golf season.

Feeling hungry? Maplewood is home to River Rock Grille which boasts a full-service bar, patio and banquet area. The bar area has a good selection of beers and TVs, perfect for watching college football after a round of golf on Saturdays in the fall.

Maplewood was voted "Best Public Golf Course" four years in a row by readers of the South County Journal. You will definitely want to check out the course on your next trip to Seattle and stay for the many great amenities.


Beverages Available Cart Included Challenging Food Available Friendly Staff Good For Beginners Great Deal Pro Shop Putting Green Scenic Spikes Ok Walkable Well Maintained
Reviewed June 17, 2010

06-17-10 Played a nine holes after work. Very busy and the golf course is OK. Don't expect much for $22 but fair for the value. Greens were in good conditions. Boring lay-out and short course from the blue 6,112. Quality of golfers with high handicap which creates slow play. Noisy because of the highway. Club house had a fun ambiance. Watching the Lakers beaten the Celtics in Game 7. I recommend the location if you would like to play after work with average players.

Reviewed May 07, 2008

Because this course is near my work, I play here often.

Compared to the other courses near by, this is the better value and a more interesting course. There are soft hills where you hit to elevevated greens, or down to fairways that are lower elevation. There are interesting par 5's that reward you if you can cut the dog leg and drive the ball long.

The cons of the course: Two of the par 5's are near maple valley HW and the noise from the traffic can be disconcerting to an other wise nice round of golf.

Because this course gets a lot of play, I would not recommend this course on a weekend or sunny afternoon, because you won't be home for dinner, or your kid's bedtime.

Reviewed September 30, 2007

Reviewed September 02, 2007

After reviewing this course on this site, I decided to give it a try. I have re-reviewed the previous posts (reviews), and cannot see the "value" of this course in any way, share or form.

Greens fees were reasonable @ $32.00 (walking)
The course itself is not easy to walk, with many low-grade hills, and substantial distances between greens and tees.

One reviewer said that compared to Bellevue this course was a gem. I have found Bellevue to be in fantastic shape this year - with plush fairways and greens. This was not the case at Maplewood. The overall condition of the course was deplorable. Tee boxes were just hammered, every green was aerated a week+ ago. Greens (overall) were hairy (incredibly slow) and any kind consitent play was impossible. Skirt areas around the greeens were abundant with the remains or the aeration plugs.

Conditions were, perhaps, the worst I have experienced all season. Given the amount of rain and cool weather we've hard, I would have expected even the blackest thumb could make this course look like the TPC.

I found the players to be completely ignorant of golf ettiquette and rules (my own group as well as others). Not a reflection of the course - but certainly part of the overall playing experience.

I did see a course Ranger repeatedly, although (arguably) I'm not sure what she would have done if slow play were an issue. The pace of play was good, with very few delays.

Overall Rating: D
Would go back: No
Would recommend: No

Reviewed July 12, 2007

I love this course! Check it out and see for yourself. It's busy, but they keep play moving because of the marshalls and the way they book their tee times.

Reviewed February 13, 2007

Lovely course, close to the city, and well priced

This is truly a gem of a course. I live near the course and feel very fortunate. It's well maintained, well priced, has an excellent restaurant and bar. Check it out!

Reviewed November 25, 2006

Worth the money!

Better than most municipals; at least this course has marshalls. Other courses in the area won't invest that money (hiring marshalls); hence, sloooooooow play. Take it from me, play Maplewood vs. Bellevue's muni or Riverbend; unless you have time to stand around waiting on each tee box!

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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Chuck B. 28 43 15 10/22/10
2 Reymichael M. 36 51 15 09/25/11
3 Don H. 33 51 18 08/15/07
4 Jeff J. 27 51 24 08/03/10
5 Brian S. 24 49 25 06/21/11
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Golf Course Information

About Maplewood

Maplewood Golf Course

Golf Only facility

30 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Maplewood

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Course Staff

Doug Mills, General Manager
Mike Toll, Golf Professional
Steve Meyers, Superintendent

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