Venturing into the valley formed by the neighborhoods of Queen Anne Hill and Mongolia, golfers find the rolling landscape that hosts Interbay Golf Center. One of ten courses maintained by the City of Seattle's Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility makes the most of its space with both a nine-hole, par 28 layout and an 80-stall driving range. The course's 1,520-yard length isn't overwhelming, but the deep bunkers and tall grasses typical of its links-style format supply more than enough challenge or areas to sneak in a nap. Moreover, the course has earned the recognition of Audubon International in return for its accomplishments with conserving water.
A team of PGA professional instructors oversees the practice facilities throughout the year. They lend their advice for getting up-and-down from unfavorable lies in the practice bunker and making more golf balls rattle into cups on the 7,500-square-foot putting green—all without threatening the golf ball with solitary confinement in dark bag pockets.
SHANKZ Black-Light Mini Golf eschews evergreen putting surfaces for pitch black corridors that snake through an ethereal landscape populated by glow-in-the-dark creatures. Each hole features novel obstacles?such as dinosaurs, tigers, and sharks?that glow ominously amid the cosmic backdrop. Players can opt to don 3-D goggles to give the surreal space an even more three-dimensional aura.
Meadowmeer Golf & Country Club’s nine-hole course takes golfers on a pin-hunting odyssey through fairways and greens nestled in the shadows of dense tree lines. The scaled-down layout boasts dual sets of tees, creating front- and back-nine experiences unique enough to convince near-sighted sand wedges that they are playing a full-length course. The course shares its grounds with a practice area for chipping, pitching, and driving, as well as a nine-hole practice green, which helps players get a feel for the speed of greens without having to bribe an earthworm.
Staffed by experienced professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of Golfing Robotics, GolfTec’s syndicate of golf training centers grooms games with a five-pronged approach enhanced by technological refinements. Score-shaving wisdom resonates within the walls of the indoor facilities, where certified personal coaches point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips to permanently improve their game from tee to green. By utilizing video swing analysis and motion-measurement software, instructors can assess pupils’ abilities with objective data and a fact-based tact superior to traditional hearsay-oriented coaching strategies. To further enhance performance, GolfTec offers club-fitting services to match each swing profile with its ideal set of sticks.
Jefferson Park Golf Course may be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2015, but one look at the plans for the new clubhouse clearly points to the future. The new structure will welcome golfers with a two-tier driving range, a bar and grille with outdoor seating, and the ghost of course architect Thomas Bendelow, who's been staying at a motel during construction. The course has even adopted the new sport of Footgolf, which swaps out golf balls and clubs for a soccer ball and a much larger hole. Of course, some things are the same as when the first golfers teed up back in 1915. The city skyline and Mt. Rainier still linger in the background of the 18-hole layout, providing a dramatic backdrop as players make their way around the 18-hole championship course or 9-hole par 3 course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,278 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 120 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Foot Golf: * 9-hole, par 31 course * Total length of 1,001 yards
A wellspring of golf knowledge culled from 36 years on the links, Modern Golf Instruction founder Martin Gonzales helps clubbers across the handicap spectrum hone their swing. The PGA-certified instructor helps golfers accomplish new goals, covering everything from the basic rules and etiquette of the game to the finer points of the swing, putting stroke, and short-game techniques.