Slow play is a menace at a great many golf courses around the world. At Holmes Harbor Golf Course, it might be welcome. The 18-hole layout checks in at a featherweight 4,279 yards for a par of 64, meaning most full rounds can be played in just over three hours. For some, that's precious little time spent soaking in the panoramic views of Puget Sound, watching golf balls float against the backdrop of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and building trust with the course gophers. For beginners and novices, however, the course is an opportunity to enjoy golf in a picturesque setting without the usual punishment inflicted by more difficult courses. Though most of the holes are short??No. 18 is the lone par 5??they aren't without drama: the par 3 eighth hole, for example, features a 100-foot drop in elevation from tee to green.
The tenure of US Coast Guard?certified Captain Brett as captain of the Island Whaler began as a dream. In the course of nine months, he had a recurring dream about an unusual flatbed boat, which replaced his normal dreams about beating up Napoleon with Horatio Hornblower. More than a year after the visions stopped, Brett discovered his fantasy boat sitting in a parking lot in Anacortes. He now owns that boat and pilots the open-topped Island Whaler through picturesque waters to view the multitudinous wildlife found in and around Deception Pass.
The open deck and low-slung cabin of the seafaring sloop grants easy, panoramic views of the steep, rocky landscape. Captain Brett chimes in against the breeze with educational details about the pass's historical significance, structures, and ecology. Throughout the tours, spritely fauna with unevolved senses of stage fright perform lively, natural ballets as visitors potentially lock eyes with bald eagles, seals, porpoises, gray whales, and Pacific Northwest giant squid.
CDR's woodsy Oak Harbor battleground provides an ideal landscape for furious paint-powered skirmishes and chromatic combat. Two full-sized airball fields with felt turf furnish the terrain, as does a woodsball field featuring buildings, brush cover, vehicles, and protective bunkers. Gallantly leap over fallen firs, cross the wooden bridge, and risk becoming a canvas to save a fellow warrior, then feel free to immortalize the triumph by inscribing your family crest into the trunk of an enemy tree. CDR Sports Paintball Park is open to prospective markers on Saturdays and Sundays.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Brands Used: Seascape II Tandem Sea Kayaks
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Your adventure begins at our Sea Kayak Center across the street from the Friday Harbor ferry dock.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Sea Kayaking Adventures
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Owner Tim Thomsen began leading multiday kayak trips in the San Juan Islands in 1980. His company is the most experienced in the area.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We are the original sea-kayaking company in the San Juan Islands.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Quality equipment, fun, friendly and experienced guides, and thorough instruction on the beach ensure a safe, educational, and fun adventure. Paddle with orca whales, porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles, otters, and more.
Throughout the spring and summer, Jet City Skydiving welcomes both new and experienced jumpers to spread their wings over the beautiful landscape of Whidbey Island. First-timers are paired with experienced instructors for tandem jumps, whereas licensed divers can drop in anytime for a solo mission. There's video available?which would make for particularly beautiful footage during the sunrise or sunset flights?and spectators are welcome, as long as they promise not to leave whoopee cushions on the drop-zone grass.
Nestled in the bucolic scenery of coastal Washington, Whidbey Golf and Country Club’s par 72 course stretches across 6,467 yards of water-kissed terrain. The round begins with a challenge, as the first tee gives way to the longest and most difficult hole, a 516-yard par 5 where drives must touch down on a narrow landing strip flanked by bunkers or circle in the atmosphere until they get signal clearance. Multiple ponds come into play throughout the round, upping the ante on certain shots with high-risk, high-reward scenarios. Before embarking on their pin-hunting expedition, duffers can trace power draws into the sky or take aim at invading weather balloons at the driving range.
Those hoping to more thoroughly scout their verdant foe can pore over the website’s hole-by-hole description. A one-hour drive or ferry trip north of Seattle, the course is playable year-round, with closures only for Christmas, New Year’s, and Chi Chi Rodriguez Day.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,476 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 70.7 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees
Four tee options