With its tall pine trees, abundant wildlife, and rushing streams, Enumclaw Golf Course appears as if it were sculpted in the middle of a public park?because that's exactly what it is. The 18-hole layout wends its way through King County's Enumclaw Park in the outskirts of the much larger Mt. Rainier National Park, a scant 30 miles to the south. Though relatively short at 5,561 yards in length, the par 70 layout puts players in a contest with densely wooded surroundings and foothills. Early tee times may also afford glimpses of wildlife such as deer, elk, coyote, and bald eagles, as well as the tadpoles in Boise Creek that will one day turn into loyal caddies.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 5,561 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 66 from the back tees * Course slope of 105 from the back tees
A gypsy rides through the crowd while standing upon two horses. Behind him follow more members of his troupe, who do back flips off their steeds and then regale spectators with fire breathing and juggling. Performed by the seventh-generation acrobats of Cavallo Equestrian Arts, this spectacle—called Ma'Ceo—often draws standing-room-only crowds every day during the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire. It's these kinds of glimpses into the Elizabethan era that fulfill the mission of bringing renaissance Europe to life. Turning the Kelley Farm into the Village of Merriwick, entertainers of all types, from courtiers to peasants, engage fairgoers with a range of acts. Flanked by her entourage, Queen Elizabeth travels through the streets, perhaps on her way to watch the jousters compete for her phone number, or perhaps to watch sprightly performers such as the Celtic fiddlers or the commedia troupe. Merchants peddle wares to passersby, talking up goods such as hand-forged weapons and armor, hand-tooled leather goods, and roasted turkey legs. Camel rides and bubble-filled buckets cater to kids, and adults can duck into two alehouses where quick-witted wenches pour draft microbrews and ciders. For guests who want to spend the whole weekend immersed in the renaissance festivities, organizers reserve a section of the grounds for tent and RV camping.
With the peaks of Mount Rainier as their backdrop, and the babbling streams of the Puyallup River as their soundtrack, golfers can advance across the 18-hole championship course at High Cedars Golf Club with zero sense of urgency. Along the way, the property's 220 acres showcases a path of lush fairways, greens, and tees. Of course, time is often of the essence, so players hoping to squeeze in a quick round can try their luck on the club's 9-hole executive course. Extended visits still might be a necessity, though, since High Cedars also features a full-service restaurant and bar, as well as a 30-station driving range. PGA golf instructor Tad Davis is also available for lessons, encouraging players to improve their game without having to install a laser scope on their driver.
Championship Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total of 6,647 yards from the tips * Four tees per hole * Course rating of 70.9 * Course slope of 117 * Scorecard
The zombie apocalypse is nigh, and now is the time to prepare. At Puyallup Zombie Paintball and Haunted Experience, aspiring zombie hunters take position on a hay-hauling truckbed, laying claim to one of the paintball markers mounted on the perimeter. As the truck treks through the haunted grounds on a 20-acre loop, players take aim at the hordes of undead, practicing for the day zombies actually do pass through town.
Owner and black-belt Donna Middendorf of Sumner Taekwondo Academy leads a team of instructors who share their expertise in Korean hand-to-hand combat with kids and adults. And while the classes spend time with the more martial aspects of the art, they're really not about fighting. For Donna and the team, Taekwondo promotes peace through learning self-respect and gaining confidence—it's the heart of the discipline. At the same time, the instructors help students hone their punching and kicking skills and they engage with their peers in safe, supervised sparring sessions and fully-padded staring contests.