Apple Tree Resort
Apple Tree Golf Course is centrally located within Washington State in the scenic Yakima Valley. Only 142 miles from Seattle, many people only know the valley for its legendary apples. However it is also a major producer of hops (used in brewing beer) and wine-grapes. There are many wineries located throughout the valley and many are award winning. In addition to great golf, the area offers a variety of outdoor activities including fly-fishing on the Yakima River, snow skiing, hunting and snowmobiling.
The golf course itself is very playable, featuring generous fairways, large greens and panoramic views. However, if playing from the “blue or “black” tees, Apple Tree is challenging for even scratch golfers. Apple Tree was host to the Washington State Men’s Amateur in 1995 and is kept in excellent condition throughout the year. Over fifty sand traps dot the layout and water comes into play on at least half the holes. The finishing holes are tricky and will make any $2.00 nassau a little more interesting. The 16th is a 349-yard dogleg that winds through four sand traps and up to an elevated green. The green is protected by two more sand traps and O.B. stakes long. 16 demands one of the harder second shots on the course. The par 3, 17th is the signature hole and surely one of the more photographed holes in the entire state. This par 3 features the famous apple island green. The island green is almost 10,000 square feet in size and is constructed in the shape of an apple. A sand trap forms the leaf of the apple and the bridge across the water makes up the stem. The 17th at Apple Tree is one of the truly unique holes in all of golf! If the tee shot is played properly, it can be a birdie opportunity, however many balls face a watery grave. The only suggestion here is grab one less club and a couple extra balls and you’ll be just fine! The finishing hole at Apple Tree has risk and reward written all over it. A par 5, dogleg left around a lake to an elevated green, the 18th begs you to get greedy. The safe choice is a fairway wood or long iron hit straight down the fairway. This play leaves no chance at getting home in two but you have likely taken a big number out of play. For those with a little hair, you may attempt to carry the water and hit it to the “porch”, a finger of land that juts out into the water. This requires an accurate drive of at least 200 yards, but is rewarded with a shortcut to the elevated green. If you manage to avoid trouble off the tee, don’t relax, as the second shot is no picnic. The approach is into a two-tiered, elevated green surrounded by three sand traps and the infamous “Giant Red Apple.” It is a large, apple shaped bunker consisting of crushed lava rock and it really needs to be avoided. It can turn a par into a triple faster than you can say red delicious!
The Apple Tree facility has grown nicely since opening in 1992. Homes and real estate opportunities now abound including a twelve-unit condominium complex. It sits behind the 16th green and sports a spectacular view of the golf course and the surrounding valley. To learn more about the golf course and all of opportunities and amenities, CLICK HERE