Columbia Point Golf Course
Columbia Point Golf Course, located in Richland Washington and sitting adjacent to the Columbia River, is an upscale, daily fee facility built and owned by the City of Richland. This James J. Engh design opened in 1997 and features mounded, rolling fairways and large, undulating and well manicured greens. Playing a relatively mild 6,571 yards from the championship tees, its strategic bunkering, assortment of large and potentially penal trees along with big, slick greens, prove that a good test of golf need not lie solely in length. I was also impressed with the placement of the women’s tee blocks. It’s a really fair layout for the ladies and allows co-ed golfers to be equally challenged. In addition to the golf course, Columbia Point boasts a fully stocked pro shop, cafe, covered patio, driving range and practice green. Power carts are available however Columbia Point can be easily walked.
The signature hole at Columbia Point is the 14th. The 309 yard (from the back tees) par 4 requires the quintessential risk-reward decision be made. Oh sure, a simple mid iron in the fairway and a wedge to the clover shaped green, is the safe to play. Yet the green can be driven and eagles made at the 14th, consequently I’m doomed. You see bragging to my friends about how I drove all the way to Richland only to “lay up” at 14, just doesn’t get it done for me. Of course neither does making bogey on a 309 yard four par, but at least I went down swinging!
Due to the exceptional climate in the Tri-Cities area, some great golf can be found there all year around. The area gets over 300 days of sunshine per year (I know that’s hard for all of us here on the “Westside” to fathom – but true never-the-less) so the Tri-Cities represents an easy escape from the gray! And when in the area treat yourself to a round at Columbia Point. It’s a great facility in one of my favorite parts of the state - Visit their website at: Click Here