Meadowmeer Golf & Country Club’s nine-hole course takes golfers on a pin-hunting odyssey through fairways and greens nestled in the shadows of dense tree lines. The scaled-down layout boasts dual sets of tees, creating front- and back-nine experiences unique enough to convince near-sighted sand wedges that they are playing a full-length course. The course shares its grounds with a practice area for chipping, pitching, and driving, as well as a nine-hole practice green, which helps players get a feel for the speed of greens without having to bribe an earthworm.
Renowned golf architect and Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall-of-Famer Arthur Vernon Macan conceived Glen Acres’ nine-hole course to challenge golfers of all skill levels and reward their exertions with picturesque views of downtown Seattle. Lush, emerald fairways and impeccably manicured greens coalesce to form one of the most difficult courses in the Puget Sound area—one notorious for its sleek surfaces and caddies who play defensive with tennis rackets. Pairs or quartets must don their argyle thinking caps as they navigate the course’s many hazards, lining up shots and launching them across expanses speckled with lakes and thick curtains of trees. A powered golf cart speeds up the action, though players may stop periodically to spy on Seattle University’s golf squad and glean secrets from the collegiate masters.
The nine-hole course at Highlands Golf tests the mettle of mid- to short-range irons with nine par 3s and a bounty of scenarios that demand short-game finesse. Whereas most courses place value on long drives and superhuman muscles like Arnold Palmer's, Highlands Golf makes players rely on dexterity with shorter irons and putting prowess. Tee shots range from just 100 yards to 200 yards on the par 3s, with eight bunkers and three water hazards ready to confound overconfident swings. Rounds typically take less than 75 minutes to complete, providing an unintimidating layout for new players to practice, space for veterans to show off their short-game theatrics, and enough soft landing spots for speed golfers to test the aerodynamics of argyle tracksuits.
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Riverbend Golf Complex is a multifaceted training facility that fosters golf-game improvement from tee to green. Golfers hunt birdies and pars across the complex's 18-hole, 6,701-yard course or hone their approach technique with a round at the par-3 course, ideal for those seeking their first hole-in-one or still potty-training their pitching wedge. A 32-stall covered, lighted, and heated driving range helps golfers add new weapons to their on-course arsenal as they take aim at eight target greens spread out in the distance, and a five-member instructional staff of PGA and LPGA pros and apprentices offers a variety of lesson types to keep swings on track. For a more casual session, guests can putt through the tree-lined greens of Riverbend's 18-hole miniature-golf course. The complex also boasts a discount golf store where guests can replace golf clubs they broke while trying to pole-vault across a creek, with equipment from Adams, Bridgestone, Callaway, and other top brands.
You and your golf pal will receive a wealth of feedback from Tacoma Firs' PGA- and LPGA-certified instructors over the course of each of your hour-long lessons. They tailor instruction to individual needs, so novices can learn the fundamentals of the game, and expert ball-swatters will season their swing, perfect golf posture, and hone alignment. The staff's careful instruction, observation, and friendly demeanor make it easy to make balls to soar more gracefully than an ultralight made of dreams.
Alderbrook Golf Club showcases a sweeping 18-hole course that carves its way through a forest of cedar and fir trees, the entire verdant paradise looking out on the gorgeous vistas of the Olympic Mountains. Club swingers will find leisurely fun on the par 72 course, and seasoned chippers can relish the challenge of a tricky double dogleg on the eighth hole. The included cart rental conserves golfers' energy so they can smack shots far onto the fairway or chase down birds that have nicked their score pencils. Customers can also hone their drives on the range with a bucket of range balls. Alderbrook houses a bar, a golf shop, and a Southern-barbecue eatery for replenishing one's nourishment after a vigorous day outside.
At Swing Doctors, PGA-certified instructors use state-of-the-art video-analysis software to improve each golfer’s swing mechanics and overall skill set. A camera captures swings and divides them into freeze frames to pinpoint weaknesses in posture, technique, and color coordination of clothing.
Swing Doctors is also home to more than 100 virtual golf courses. Links including Firestone and Pinehurst unfurl on 10'x13' screens, simulating surfaces such as fairway, green, and sand bunker.