Slow play is a menace at a great many golf courses around the world. At Holmes Harbor Golf Course, it might be welcome. The 18-hole layout checks in at a featherweight 4,279 yards for a par of 64, meaning most full rounds can be played in just over three hours. For some, that's precious little time spent soaking in the panoramic views of Puget Sound, watching golf balls float against the backdrop of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and building trust with the course gophers. For beginners and novices, however, the course is an opportunity to enjoy golf in a picturesque setting without the usual punishment inflicted by more difficult courses. Though most of the holes are short––No. 18 is the lone par 5––they aren't without drama: the par 3 eighth hole, for example, features a 100-foot drop in elevation from tee to green.
The golf courses at Camaloch Golf Course in Camano Island are waiting for you and your friends to get your game on.
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Grab the kids when you head to this course — its family-oriented atmosphere perfect for the whole clan.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Kayak Point Golf Course
6,719 yards from the back tees
72 par course
72.9 course rating
138 course slope
260 acres of forest and fairways, wetlands, and greens
34 bunkers strewn throughout the course
6,240 square feet, an average green size
Nestled in the bucolic scenery of coastal Washington, Whidbey Golf and Country Club’s par 72 course stretches across 6,467 yards of water-kissed terrain. The round begins with a challenge, as the first tee gives way to the longest and most difficult hole, a 516-yard par 5 where drives must touch down on a narrow landing strip flanked by bunkers or circle in the atmosphere until they get signal clearance. Multiple ponds come into play throughout the round, upping the ante on certain shots with high-risk, high-reward scenarios. Before embarking on their pin-hunting expedition, duffers can trace power draws into the sky or take aim at invading weather balloons at the driving range.
Those hoping to more thoroughly scout their verdant foe can pore over the website’s hole-by-hole description. A one-hour drive or ferry trip north of Seattle, the course is playable year-round, with closures only for Christmas, New Year’s, and Chi Chi Rodriguez Day.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,476 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 70.7 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees
Four tee options