I have to give a shout out to my favorite local course here in Bellingham, WA. 18 holes plus a really nice little restaurant/bar for the end of the day. Anyone else been here? Green fees are reasonable, and the beer cart girls are never too far away!
North Bellingham Golf course rocks!
Have not been there. Might as well post the link to the course. 3 things caught my attention: scottish style, views of Mount Baker and slope rating of 136/74.0 from the back tees. Still golfing at this time of year?
Oh yes, sorry for forgetting the link :P Yes if the weather permits, this course is open year round. I think snow and lightning are the only conditions for which they will close the course. We've been having an unusually dry winter this year, so I've gotten a few rounds in.
I was planning on golfing through the winter this year, weather permitting. The weather (, brrrrrrrrr) has not been permitting. We have snow on the ground and freezing rain currently in the Wash DC area. I should be changing my grips, but here I am on the Internet .....
Ha, well it is still pretty chilly here, but for some reason we haven't gotten nearly the amount of rain we get in the winter. A nice crisp morning on the grass is like nothing else wouldn't you agree? I remember playing courses in Florida where it would be 85 degrees and 95% humidity at 8 am tee times. I'm so glad I'm back in my home state :) Are there any hidden gems as far as places to golf in your neck of the woods?
Well, I've played here in the Northwestern far DC suburbs for 15 years now. I've played a few times in 95 degree heat with 95% humidity. I've also played when it snowed 3 inches while making my way back to the club house. Playing in a morning fog so thick you can't see more than 40 yards is uh, .... interesting. The gems around here are Congressional and Bulle Rock, but they aren't hidden. We have lots of nice courses, but I would not rate any of them a "hidden gem". My favorites include:
Worthington Manor (my home course, a US Open qualifying course every other year)
Whitetail Golf Resort (the course at my home ski resort)
Hope Valley (a par 63 course !)
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Gearspoke, that is a pretty course. Great views. Will have to play it when I am home.
Have you played Kayak Point http://www.golfkayak.com/ down a little south of Stanwood? My home is about a mile from the course for the past couple of years. Just the same as your track but totally different. It was my home course for a couple of years, a nice course but bring lots of golf balls. A nice workout to walk with a pull cart. A pretty course, but most golf courses are. Personal favorite time to play is in the early morning mists.
There really are a lot of really nice golf courses up and down the Puget Sound region.
This was the result of a very memorable and long tee shot on 14.
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I play this course regularly, and actually wrote a review of it on another forum I'm on if anyone's interested:
Love this course. Best greens in the area year round, and the layout is challenging but fair. You better like wind though haha