The Fairways Golf Course’s layout unfurls over rolling terrain teeming with wetlands and native grasses. Multiple water hazards and fast greens pose challenges for experienced players, and relatively open fairways and a set of closer, forward tees cater to golfers of all experience levels. A dramatic conclusion awaits at the par-4, 419-yard 18th hole—the course’s most challenging hole—where golfers must contend with a dog-leg right and a small pond that arches around the front and left sides of the green. Golfers can prepare for the round at the driving range and practice green, or simply ask the course’s beverage-cart operator for the liquid cure for a slice-prone swing.
With over 32 years' experience in the restaurant business, including a role as Executive Chef at Disneyland, owners Walt and Victoria MacDuff apply their culinary expertise to comforting Italian pastas, pizzas, and proteins. Chicken picatta ($12.95) comes bathed in white wine and lemon, sauteed with capers, and draped across a chaise lounge of fresh linguine, while freshly made pizzas and their introverted cousins, calzones ($8.95-$22.45), come served piping hot, with an array of toppings. Ensure your tongue and digits are on intimate terms, as the Wednesday night 12-ounce prime rib special ($16.95, with starter salad, potato and vegetable) demands excessive finger-licking. In the midst of such paisan provisions, a breakfast menu of French toast, eggs, and pancakes is as unexpectedly welcome as a rogue onion ring in a basket of fries.
Teaching professional David Fern gives stance and swing pointers in an effort to make the game easier for his students. Situated on the Spokane River, the nearly century-old Downriver Golf Course welcomes golfers with a practice facility where Fern can identify their swing issues, while videotaping lessons for easy review later. To get an immersive learning experience, players can opt for a playing lesson, during which time the coach and student will play a round of golf. Along the way, Fern will cover the finer points of shot selection and course management, as well as how to determine if a bunker is filled with quicksand.