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Dust Off Those Clubs: It’s Time For Some Golf At Our Favorite Courses!

Community Post May 30, 2018

If dodging raindrops to get in a few rounds of golf isn't your thing, then your time has come! Springtime's warmer and mostly rain-free days make it so tempting to spend some time outside and work on your game. Here are some of our favorite places to get out, get a little exercise, and enjoy the sunshine!

Allenmore Golf Course
2013 S Cedar St.
Tacoma, WA 98405

“My favorite course so far is Allenmore in Tacoma,” says Joyce Spitzbart. “[It’s a] beautiful course in great condition with a wonderful staff—which includes me! I'm their Monday morning Marshal!” 

The central location, affordability and well-cared-for grounds keep Allenmore on Katsumi Purbeck’s list of favorites as well. “Every hole has its own challenges, but its forgiving layout and openness provides an ideal environment for all players at various levels,” Kat says.

Curtis Gibson echoes comments about Allenmore’s nice greens and affordability, and Lisa Carlson shares that it’s relatively easy to get on the course and that they have great staff.

Joyce’s insider tip: Check out the great restaurant on site: Urban Elk.

Meadow Park Golf Course
7108 Lakewood Dr. W.
Tacoma, WA 98467

“I always like Meadow Park,” says Jim Swanson. “The driving range is great for a quick warm up prior to golfing or just to go work on your swing.” The great location is noteworthy, too, and you will often see deer or other wildlife. Another plus in Jim’s book: It is very walkable and well kept.

“Meadow Park is a nice course and is run by Metro Parks Tacoma,” echoes James Fisher. “You have two options there: Course #1 the Williams 9-hole or Course #2, a separate 18-hole course with the option of only playing 9 holes on that one, too.” You can opt to walk or cart either course. They have a putting, chipping and driving range for warm up or regular practice, plus Foley's Bar and Grill for relaxing after your time on the green.

Patti Connolly also enjoys the options at Meadow Park. “I'm a beginner, so it's nice to have the driving range to practice before hitting the Williams 9. The food and drinks are pretty good as well!”

Kelsey Hayford describes it as a quick and fun place to play, and Chad Fletcher calls it a pretty fantastic course with a good mix of difficulty levels from challenging to easy.

Highlands Golf Course
1400 N Highlands Pkwy.
Tacoma WA 98406

“Highlands is a great par 3, 9-hole [course],” says Trish Stone. “Perfect for kids and beginners, if you want to prefect your short game, or for a quick round before sunset.”

Morgan Mullin agrees. “I golfed here and I’m a super beginner,” she says. “[It] was really inviting and fun for being a first timer. It lets you feel like you’re not epically failing at the game.”

Another vote for Highlands—especially for beginners—comes from Curtis. He grew up playing there, so he ought to know!

Tacoma Country and Golf Club
13204 Country Club Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

“The Tacoma Country and Golf Club is hands down the best course in the area,” says Kelsey. “Their greens are by far the best and the bunkers have just been redone.”

What inspires such a strong endorsement? It’s features like the world-class 18-hole championship golf course, an all-grass driving range, sand traps, chipping and putting greens and a practice hole to work on your short game.

Oakbrook Golf Club
8102 Zircon Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Oakbrook is another course on Trish’s list. “Oakbrook, while minus some trees these days, is still a beautiful yet challenging course nestled in an older housing community between Lakewood and Steilacoom,” she says. “It's got a full bar, restaurant, and bar cart that travels the course during the summer.” You’ll also find a driving range and the option for golf lessons here.

Tapps Island Golf Club
20818 Island Park Way E.
Lake Tapps WA 98391

“Tapps Island Golf Course has a challenging 9 hole course lined with some breathtaking homes and even more stunning views of mt Rainer,” says Trish. “One hole has a water feature shot and 7 of the 9 holes you must hit over the lake!” It’s consistently been rated one of the top 9-hole golf courses in Washington.

High Cedars Golf Club
 14604 149th St. Ct. E 
Orting, WA 98360

Patty Golob golfs regularly at High Cedars in Orting. High Cedars earns high marks from her for its incredible, gorgeous view of the mountain, a very walkable course and an onsite grill. In addition to their Championship 18, there’s a par 3 executive course that doubles as a foot golf course. Bonus!

Patty’s insider tip: While you're there, look for the resident eagle and her nest.

Chambers Bay
6320 Grandview Drive West
University Place, Washington 98467

“Chambers Bay has the Best views you will ever see on a golf course anywhere,” says Curtis. “Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains are on full display on every hole.”

Carli Santa Cruz is such a fan that she shared her comments while at Chambers Bay! “At Chambers now! Beautiful—family fun with a playground available, amazing walking course/trails, and soccer fields too! Winning!”

Fircrest Golf and Country Club
1500 Regents Blvd. 
Fircrest, WA 98466

Here’s more high praise from Curtis. “Fircrest Golf and Country Club is unbelievably well kept with the best greens!”

Canterwood Golf and Country Club
12606 54th Ave. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

“Canterwood Golf and Country Club is one of the top golf courses in WA state,” says Sheryll Tan. Canterwood does require a membership to play, and Sheryll cautions beginners that it’s one of the more challenging options around.

Paige Schulte is such a fan of Canterwood that she even wrote a blog post about it!

Trophy Lake Golf & Casting
3900 SW Lake Flora Rd.
Port Orchard, WA 98367

Chris Burk likes Trophy Lake, calling it a very well-maintained and challenging course. It’s in a truly Pacific Northwest setting, catering also to anglers in addition to golfers. Stop for a bite at the rustic Dry Fly Café.

Horseshoe Lake Golf Course
1250 SW Clubhouse Court
Port Orchard, WA 98367

Horseshoe Lake is another of Chris’s picks for its convenient location and affordability.

A quick Instagram search reveals that this course also has a super active disc golf community! Their Championship level Disc Golf Course hosts tournaments and offers all-day play options. (Keep reading for another great disc golf recommendation!)

Chris’s insider tip: Check out the driving range package.

Tacoma Firs 
4504 Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

Maggie Schauble recommends Tacoma Firs for those who are a little less serious about their golf game. “They have a nice driving range, putting area and mini golf, great for family/friends of all experience levels,” Maggie says. “Even as a non-golfer I have had lots of fun getting a basket of golf balls and seeing what I can do!”

Bonus Tip: Frisbee Golf/Disc Golf

Alyssa Reische’s tip is a golf tip for the non-golfer. “I may not be the best golfer but I’m pretty good at frisbee golf!” she says. “If you have never played, it’s a lot of fun and little experience is required! Just grab a disk and give it your best throw!”

Alyssa’s pick for disc golf is the free course at Oasis Church in Lakewood. It's a relaxed, well-marked course that makes for great play for all ages and experience levels.  

“There are always other players there who are more than happy to show you some tricks to the course,” says Alyssa. “Bring the family, you will have a great time!”

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