North Bellingham GC
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)
Much like the links courses in Scotland, the wide-open nature of this layout often invites our friend Mr. wind to the party – Better brush-up on a knockdown shot before teeing it here – I'm just sayin'... Also in line with links courses, very few greens at North Bellingham are guarded in front by badness – Consequently there exist multiple options...er....decisions if you're a glass is half-empty type, for getting your ball around this course
I've played here many times and never been disappointed by the course conditions – The greens are well maintained and can get above-average fast at times and the fairways and tee blocks are always mowed and clean – Considering that North Bellingham is one of the busier courses in the area, the overall conditioning is even more impressive – It also drains pretty well so it's a good option during the winter months
Should you be seeking a place to heal a golf game currently broken, the practice facilities at North Bellingham are of emergency room quality - The practice green is large enough to accommodate plenty of panicked pre-round putters; You know who you are.... For those preferring invasive dental work to finding their ball in a bunker, their chipping and pitching green comes complete with a sand trap to help you face your fears – Their driving range is plenty large enough during the fair-weather months as golfers beat balls off the natural grass – For those of you so afflicted with the game that you'll take practice swipes in the crud, a number of covered hitting stalls are also available
Even though North Bellingham is a large golf course, it's fairly flat so walking it isn't a heart attack in waiting – Pull and power carts are available and the pro shop, while not large, is well stocked – Rounding out the facilities at North Bellingham is the 9 Restaurant – Serving breakfast thru dinner, the food is plenty good and their beverage options include beers, wines, & cocktails - Overall North Bellingham is worth a visit - And if you happen to catch a chamber of commerce day weather-wise, you're in for a treat indeed!