Community August 29, 2022

Great Golf Courses in Western WA

Whether you’re an avid golfer or a beginner, there are many wonderful golf courses on the Kitsap Peninsula and across western Washington. We’ve compiled a list of some excellent places with helpful information and links to easily book tee times.

Bainbridge Island’s Meadowmeer Golf and Country Club

“Meadowmeer Golf & Country Club is a challenging 9-hole, semi-private golf course without attitude, and monthly dues won’t break the bank,” says Windermere Bainbridge Island Managing Broker Chris Miller. “It especially makes for a great home course for those who like to travel and play destination courses frequently. It has great food and drinks, social events, and three bays for indoor golf!” Meadowmeer features 5,754 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. And, many golfers play 18 holes since the 18-hole setup is designed to be played from different tee boxes on the back nine.
Meadowmeer is just a 9-minute drive from the Bainbridge-Seattle Ferry Terminal, making it an excellent way to spend a day outside of the Emerald City. Downtown Winslow also offers a variety of award-winning restaurants, unique shops, museums, and more.

Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place

Located near Tacoma along the shores of Puget Sound, the Chambers Creek Properties is comprised of more than 950 acres and voted the number one Best Golf Course in Washington state by Golf Digest (2021-2022). Additionally, it was the first course in the Northwest to welcome the Men’s U.S. Open Championship. Similar to Scotland’s traditional links courses, Robert Trent Jones II designed Chambers Bay to encourage creative shot-making with a seemingly infinite number of possible strategies from tee to green. Committed to the environment, Chambers Bay became the first golf course in the Pacific Northwest to be certified by Audubon International as a Silver Signature Sanctuary in 2007. This certification is only awarded to new developments designed, constructed, and maintained according to Audubon International’s environmental disciplines and standards.

Kingston’s White Horse Golf Club

Voted one of Washington’s top 5 golf courses on Golf Advisor, White Horse Golf Club includes an all-grass practice facility with three putting greens, a chipping area, 18 holes of golf, and a clubhouse and restaurant with a Northwest lodge feel. “I have really enjoyed White Horse a number of times. The course is challenging, although any course is challenging for me, and the views are spectacular!” says Carter Dotson, Windermere Bainbridge Island Owner.

In 2010, the Suquamish Tribe purchased White Horse and brought in local architect John Harbottle who made it more enjoyable for all golfers, removing approximately half of the bunkers and creating a more accessible approach to shots. White Horse is just a 15-minute drive from the Kingston ferry. So, you can hop on the ferry from Seattle or Edmonds and head to Kingston for a day of golf.

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Lake Cushman Golf Course in Hoodsport

A beautiful course with fresh mountain air and wildlife, Lake Cushman Golf Course is perched above Hoodsport alongside the Hood Canal. You can play nine holes or play the different back tees for a full 18-hole round. With a walkable layout, Lake Cushman Golf Course attracts both skilled and newer players. Additionally, there is a wide-open 270-yard driving range, a putting green with a bunker, and 3 stalls under cover. Highly rated, this course is often described as well maintained and in a beautiful setting. If you’re wanting to make a weekend of it, there are some nice places to stay within 30 minutes. We recommend checking out Alderbrook Resort and Spa.

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Port Ludlow Golf Club

Designed by golf course architect, Robert Muir Graves, this is a course that golfers of all levels can enjoy. The setting is also quite picturesque: rolling fairways, wildlife, and great views of the Hood Canal, Ludlow Bay, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. They also offer private and group lessons with PGA golf professionals. For more information or to schedule a lesson, call (360) 437-0272. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, they offer a Stay & Play package starting at $329 and it includes one night’s accommodations for two, 18 holes for two and a GPS cart rental, and unlimited range balls.

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Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club in Blaine

Designed by Arnold Palmer, Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier private golf courses. Here, you can experience private country club life with unlimited access to golf, as well as pickleball, tennis courts, and a seasonal swimming pool. If you’re not a member, you can still enjoy a day of golf as a guest of a member or as a guest of a Semiahmoo Resort. The resort guest rate is $140 and includes golf, range access, and a cart.

For additional information about our local golf courses, check out Visit Kitsap’s Golf Guide with a map (PDF). And, for more regional fun, check out our article on Must-Visit Wineries in the PNW.