Cool breezes spiral off the waters of Oakland Bay, gently ruffling the fairway grasses of Bayshore Golf Course, positioned on the bay’s western shore. The nine-hole, 3,002-yard course slaloms through thickets of towering pines and rolls over gently undulating terrain that golfers can traverse by foot, golf cart, or a 3-wood that doubles as a pogo stick. Those in need of tees, divot tools, or golf balls can stop by Bayshore Golf Course’s pro shop, which sells golf apparel and accessories that sport the club’s logo.
Course at a Glance:
Behind a backdrop of blue skies and the distant ranges of Mount Rainier, players sharpen their swings at Airport Golf & Batting Center. The mountain serves as the ultimate target for slinging long drives inside the heated, lit, and covered driving range. A nine-hole executive course with new blocks and greens stands ready to host players ready to move beyond banking chip shots over the neighbor's pool. Scratching the sports itch doesn't stop with just golf, as the center also houses a bank of indoor batting cages, each outfitted with pitching machines that sling baseballs up to 60 miles per hour.
The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie houses a pair of challenging 18-hole golf courses with scenic views and one 2,500-square-foot clubhouse. Equipped with five sets of tees, The Links gives club-swingers of all skill levels a formidable challenge atop a Scottish-style course surrounded by beautiful views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. Golfers can face The Woodlands' sprawling fairways surrounded by dense forestry and tranquil wetlands, and valiantly nudge balls into holes atop multitiered greens. Visitors in possession of the Hawks Prairie Club Pass can take advantage of discounted greens fees to explore all of the club's 36 holes, as well as a special Hawks Prairie ID card to show police when pulled over for driving a golf cart under the influence of putting-induced euphoria. On weekdays, a round of golf costs up to $39 per person, but Hawks Prairie Club Pass toters can golf for $17; on weekends, a round costs up to $51 per person, but Club Pass holders can golf for $30. Hawks Prairie Club Pass holders also receive invitations to tournaments, exclusive access to instructional events, team competitions, and social outings such as competitive synchronized zen-garden-raking in one of many sand bunkers.
Fort Stellacoom Golf Course has all the rolling hills, glittering water hazards, and forested groves you might expect at a golf course. It also has what you might not expect?soccer balls. That's because in addition to regular golf, the course also offers FootGolf, a combination of golf and soccer that challenges players to kick a #5 regulation soccer ball into holes measuring 21 inches in diameter. The 2,181-yard, part-71 FootGolf course includes 18 holes, which are placed closer together to account for the shorter shot distance. Otherwise, the rules are the same as in golf?players strive to reach their target in as few kicks as possible, and at the end, the player with the lowest score on their scorecard wins.
The golf course itself covers a flat parcel of terrain with a nine-hole, par 34 [layout](http://www.lakespanawaygc.com/-course(2) that measures a modest 2,491 yards when played from the farther of two tee options. Open fairways sparsely lined with evergreens put beginners at ease while inviting more experienced golfers to shoot for low scores, as solid drives can set up potential eagle opportunities on two short par 4s and the 440-yard, par 5 fifth hole. The relatively level setting makes the course easy to walk, though Fort Steilacoom offers golf carts for those who haven?t taught their caddy the art of the piggyback ride. Fort Steilacoom complements its course with a practice area, a snack bar, and a full-service pro shop where golfers can rent clubs.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 34 course * Length of 2,491 yards from the farther tees * Course rating 62.1 from the farther tees (adjusted for a par score of 68) * Slope rating of 96 from the farther tees * Two tee options * [Scorecard](http://www.lakespanawaygc.com/-scorecard(2)