Bear Mountain's picturesque, 350-acre course unfolds alongside the Wenatchee National Forest, and the course’s natural plateaus and elevation gains of 700 feet expose golfers to breathtaking views of Lake Chelan and the surrounding high-desert mountainscape. Built in 2005, the course accommodates golfers of all experience levels with five tee boxes per hole, giving a golf-resistant first-timer a chance to get to know his or her neighborhood’s PGA pro in residence. Your Groupon also includes unlimited range balls and a GPS-equipped golf cart, which will spare you the terror of getting lost and suddenly finding yourself on the Autobahn.
The Wenatchee River winds along 85-year-old Leavenworth Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 71 course, which features a sculpted landscape of arboreal alleyways and a backdrop of mountain peaks. The river runs the length of holes 6 and 11, forcing golf balls to choose between finishing at the hole or fulfilling dreams of becoming fishing bobbers. Two ponds come into play on five other holes, and stately pines line most of the course’s emerald fairways.
Golfers looking to improve their swing mechanics can enroll in lessons with a PGA professional or PGA and LPGA assistant professionals. Before jump-starting their day on the course, club guests can fuel up with a hearty country-style meal at The Wild Huckleberry.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 5,711 yards from the farthest set of tees * Course rating of 67.0 from the farthest set of tees * Slope rating of 116 from the farthest set of tees * See the scorecard
Depending on the time of year, exploring Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort's patch of evergreen forest requires either a set of golf clubs or a pair of cross country skis. On clear summer days, the grass shines green and the snowcapped peaks of the Cascades dominate the horizon as visitors strap on their golf bags and voyage through the scenic mountain course. The 5,893-yard layout leads golfers past towering evergreen trees, en route to a par 70.
In the winter, snow blankets the terrain and fairways instantly transform into cross-country ski trails. Kahler Glen grooms several kilometers of private trails, which connect to the Lake Wenatchee trail system just to the northwest, adding up to more than 30 kilometers of skiable terrain and Yeti walking trails.
Indian Creek Golf Course's layout snakes through the Hood River Valley between a network of sprawling orchards and wineries with panoramic views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams creating a dramatic backdrop. Water comes into play on 11 holes, including three creeks that bisect fairways to disrupt play and tempt players to take fairway naps to the melodic babbling of their playing partners. On the par 5 fourth hole, precision is paramount, as the dogleg right is entirely fortified by water to the right and the small, narrow green make short putts strenuous with hard-to-read-breaks.
Indian Creek Golf Course won an Environmental Excellence award from Audubon International for its efforts in areas of wildlife and habitat management, chemical-use reduction, and water-quality management. The course and its surrounding land act as a sanctuary to a variety of wildlife, including several species of caddies now endangered because rampant cart use. Course at a Glance: * Par 72 * Three sets of tees * 6,150 yards from the back tees * Rating of 70.8 and slope of 128 from the back tees
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
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