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.
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!”
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.