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Canyon Lakes Golf Course

canyon lakes 600aCanyon Lakes Golf Course is located in Kennewick Washington (one of the Tri-Cities – the other two are Richland and Pasco). The mild climate in southeast Washington allows Canyon Lakes to stay open year around with summer rules in effect! Only five minutes from I-82 (217 miles from Seattle) and just a driver & 2-iron from the airport in Kennewick, Canyon Lakes is easily accessible from anywhere.

In addition to the great weather, large, immaculate and undulating greens are the trademark of this wonderful layout. As a matter of fact, the 12th hole at Canyon Lakes sports the largest green in the Northwest. At 12,000 square feet, four and even five putts are not out of the question! Not only are the greens large and undulating, they are also fast and true. F.Y.I. - If you’re having any issues at all with your putter, you may want to save Canyon Lakes for another day. A faulty flat-stick at Canyon Lakes is usually extremely punitive. Let’s just say I have seen more than one putter “permanently retired” after 18 holes at Canyon Lakes. Just a little free advice, given freely.

In addition to the greens, the entire layout at Canyon Lakes is kept in great shape. Golf Digest has given it a “4 Star” rating and ranks Canyon Lakes in their “Top 200” courses for overall value nationwide. While all 18-holes are unique and pretty well separate from each other, two holes in particular, stand out in my mind. The eighth hole is a relatively innocent looking par 4. It’s not overly long and the tee shot is down hill to boot. Ah but the green. The 8th green at Canyon Lakes may be the toughest test in the state. It slopes pretty severely from back to front and if your approach shot ends up above the hole you better make the putt - If missed, your ball will likely roll off the front of the green with bogey or worse in your future!

After you negotiate the treachery of the 8th, don't blink 'cause here comes the 9th - It's a down-hill par 5 and the second shot is the definition of risk reward. The green is reachable in two with a decent drive, but a pond surrounds the green to the right and can turn a birdie into a quad faster than you can say “lay-up”!

Canyon Lakes also earns points for overall amenities. A natural grass driving range, large, well-manicured putting green and practice bunker are all located a short distance from the clubhouse. A brief word warning if considering a round at Canyon Lakes - Beware the wind! - Due it's elevated location, the wind can sometimes rear its ugly head and make this course multiple strokes harder...Visit their website at: Click Here