If you’re a golfer, the Northwest region has a superb variety of golf courses for your playing pleasure. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced golfer, love your links-style courses or prefer something a bit smoother, there’s a course for everyone.
You’ll experience a combination of beautiful scenery and exciting gameplay, so don’t miss out on the Northwest region’s best golf courses if you’re going to be in any of these areas. It’s also an excellent way to get your sports fix while staying socially distanced.
These are by no means the only amazing courses in these areas. They’re definitely bucket-list worthy and we recommend choosing these ones if you’re pressed for time and can only play one round.
Washington: Chambers Bay Golf Course
The Chambers Bay Golf course was built on a former rock quarry and has some spectacular views of the Puget Sound. This course provides a challenge, as you’ll have to hit a number of shots across acres of sand.
Wear your best bucket hat, as the wind is also an ever-present challenge on this 18-hole, 72-par, walk-only course.
The signature 15th hole features a large bunker complex with the Puget Sound in the background. Golfers can choose to play from the blue tee—139 yards—or the more challenging distance of 246 yards. No matter the distance, the hole slopes and spills the balls to the right, away from the hole, towards the bunker that surrounds the green.
This course requires strategic decisions, be it off the tee or where one will play their recovery shot. It features several undulating greens, some having fall-offs and others interior pounds to cast one’s ball off of the green.
After a round of golf, one can head down to the beach or to the club house for an amazing grill. If you’re traveling with family or the weather’s bad, you can even catch a round of mini golf or have some indoor fun at the TopGolf Swing Suite in Lincoln Square.
Oregon: Bandon Dunes Golf Club
Golfers may find it difficult to choose which of the six courses to play at Bandon Dunes Golf Club, which has been created using the natural landscape. Put your best golf shorts on and head to the course early in the morning, as the wind tends to pick up in the afternoon.
Bandon Dunes Golf Course has expansive ocean views that may be distracting. But this is a course that requires you to think about each shot you play.
Hole 4 is a par-4, 410 yards, and this is where you’ll get your first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. But when you approach the fourth green, you’ll see that it sits on a cliff offering breathtaking views.
The 16th is the signature hole, even though it’s a relatively short par-4. Golfers will find that there’s a gorge not far from the tee box, with a steep ledge that’s close to the driving zone. Behind the putting edge is a cliff which drops to the ocean.
When playing this hole, one will have to be strategic and not play an overly heroic shot.
Golfers should plan to have at least 4 days to play golf so that they can play a round on the Old MacDonald, Sheep Ranch, Pacific Dunes and Bandon Trails.
Idaho: The G.C. at Black Rock
The Golf Club at Black Rock was designed using the beautiful natural diversity of the land, which provides a challenge for all golfing abilities. The 18-hole, par-72 has a variety of dogleg holes and some severe greens that will require a strategic approach.
The course will have one playing through panoramic lake vistas and wetlands, while being surrounded by 40-foot waterfalls. This may require using one’s best golf shirt that dries very quickly in case your ball gets lost to water.
Golfers will find the 3rd hole to be a challenge, as it’s a par-5, 611-yard hole that plays through a valley of tall trees after a sharp downhill. If you’ve played your first two shots intelligently, then you’ll have to navigate the raised greens with hazards. It would be wise to use a cart, as the distance between the tees is quite a walk.
On the signature 11th hole, one will play downhill until reaching the fairway. You’ll then play towards enormous rocks, giving the feeling that you’re in a punchbowl with a raised green and waterfalls.
About the author:
Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer who loves to travel around the world to play golf. He also writes about golf on his publication site, https://www.