This 18-hole championship layout is a must play when visiting Central Washington - The 17th hole features arguably the most recognizable green in the entire state - A large island green shaped like an apple, this hole can play up to 180 yards and when you throw in a little Yakima Valley wind, this hole makes the 17th hole at Sawgrass look like a pitch & putt!
Located on Whidbey Island and sporting scenic views of Puget Sound and Mt. Baker, Gallery golf course is well worth a visit – It is a U.S. Naval facility also open to the public and as such, is very well maintained – As a brief side note, an active firing range is located within earshot so the occasional burst of automatic weapons fire adds a unique ambiance while trying to convert a 6-footer for par! - The course isn't a brute in terms of length, yet smallish greens, dogleg fairways and elevation changes all combine to make the layout enjoyable while at the same time giving it some teeth
As much as we enjoyed the course, the scenery at the Gallery is truly exceptional – Sitting on a hilltop on the west side of the Island, sweeping views of Puget Sound greet golfers on many of the holes – On clear days, Mount Baker becomes part of the scenery looking to the northeast – As far as amenities go, the Gallery is more than adequate – A driving range and practice green are available and are located very near the 1st tee making warming up before your round easy indeed – Snacks and cold beverages are available in the pro shop along with the usual merchandise – The Duffers deli provides a variety of great fare and makes for a relaxing place to “settle the bets” – The staff were extremely friendly and GolfWashington would like thank course manager Jim Smith for his hospitality – Overall we really enjoyed our day at the Gallery and will definitely make plans to return – For the price, this course represents one of the better deals statewide! - To visit their website (you can make tee times on-line if you choose) please,Click Here
Horn Rapids Golf Club
Located in Richland Washington and carved through the desert, this layout is definitely for the links enthusiast - It reminds me of many of the course layouts in Arizona and Nevada - There is nice green grass on the tee blocks, fairway-landing areas and around the greens - The fairways are plenty big but all the rest is Mother Nature - No trees at Horn Rapids to speak of, just you, your golf ball and the eastern Washington geology - One of the reasons I like Horn Rapids is the scenery - It sits elevated just west of Richland and several holes provide panoramic views of the Yakima River and surrounding Tri-cities
They promote it as a "Real Scottish Style Links" course and, depending on your definition of the words "Real", "Scottish" and "Links", North Bellingham Golf Course is a reasonable facsimile thereof – While the course doesn't sit on a wind-buffeted, seaside bluff, it does not lack for scenery – It is located amid open farmland in central Whatcom county about 15 minutes NE of downtown Bellingham - Sweeping views of the surrounding countryside abound with nearby Mt. Baker as a majestic companion (NW weather visibility depending of course)