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
The origin story of Gig Harbor Golf Club has a certain Rockwellian flavor. In the early 1950s, the Wollochet Community Club—a group that included local community leader Walter Hogan—discussed building their own country club. The idea generated buzz throughout the community, who invested not just money, but sweat equity. After purchasing a 114-acre farm with a brilliant view of Mount Rainier, the club's charter members took to etching the course into the land, using all of the tools they had at their disposal—some even used spoons, screwdrivers, and garden rakes to dig rocks out of the soil and flatten the turf.
Opened in 1961, the
9-hole labor of love still stands, having benefited from a half century of maturation and trading out fedora hats in favor of flags. The course—which measures 5,420 yards from the farthest tees—presents ample opportunities to score, including four short par-fours in which some golfers may be able to drive the green. The course features two distinct sets of forward and back tees (four tees total), so golfers can play it twice over for an 18-hole round that has a different front- and back-nine experience.
How many holes can you make? Take the golf challenge at Tee to Green in Oak Harbor.
Break out your new clubs and head to Tee to Green for some lessons before you hit the course.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So get out of the house today and enjoy a beautiful day out on the golf course at Tee to Green in Oak Harbor.
Work your way over the fairways at Lam's Links in Oak Harbor and take in the gorgeous natural surroundings.
Sit down for a savory meal at their in-house restaurant.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the activities at this course just as much as their parents do.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
By the Numbers: Madrona Links Golf Course
1978—the year it was founded
71 par course
5,602 yards from the back tees
3 sets of tees
65.5 course rating from the back tees
110 course slope from the back tees
3 meals served every day at Hacker’s, the course restaurant
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.