With two distinct layouts that bob and weave through groves of douglas fir, cedar, and hemlock trees, both Eighteen Pastures Golf Course and Tall Timber Golf Course invite clubbers for a day of challenging golf. The more difficult of the two layouts, Eighteen Pastures flummoxes stick-flickers with more than 6,800 yards of topsy-turvy terrain, where precipitous hillsides and bending fairways lined with arbors conceal upcoming hazards, which include 10 ponds and a multitude of sand traps. The course's front and back nines converge at the unique clubhouse, a bright red barn with a tall silo on one end said to contain the souls of every golf ball lost on the course.
An easier and shorter alternative to its grassy brethren, Tall Timber sprawls across 5,921 yards of kempt fairways cleaved through second-growth West Coast forests. The rippling waters of streams and ponds run throughout the course, attracting waterfowl and thirsty golf carts as clubbers hack through the 160-acre landscape.
Whether venturing out in summer rains or winter snow, the guides at Streamline Guiding defy the weather to ply both salt and freshwater for a chance to snag sturgeon, trout, salmon, and steelhead at the peaks of their seasons. They lead year-round tours and charters aboard Custom Weld and Grady White boats, demonstrating their experience in both fly and gear fishing, as well as in hunting for prime fishing spots by following clues such as muddy fin prints. Guides operate out of a centre within close proximity to these fishing grounds with a stock of Sage rods, Simms waders, and Gamakatsu hooks for use on expeditions. While most captains embark on trips to capture fish, they also take visitors on eco-tours, where all aboard can see bald eagles flying to salmon spawning sites; seals, sea lions, and otters lounging on rocky shores; and porpoises bullying minnows for their lunch money.
In the perfect world, Aron Delucry would start his day with snowboarding in the morning, followed by an afternoon of wakeboarding and wakesurfing. At Rider Watersports, he and a team of veteran instructors can at least emulate this dream afternoon, towing water-sport enthusiasts across Green Lake behind a Super Air Nautique 210, a boat outfitted with more than 1,000 pounds of water ballast and a GPS. For newbie wakeboarders and wakesurfers, the team also offers introductory sessions, which cover the basics of boat safety, stance, board control, and how to politely ask seagulls to go fetch your sunglasses.