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five fancy golf resorts in washington

February 2015

Written by
Katie Vincent


When you are hitting the links in our soggy climate, it helps to know that a massage, a warm meal and sumptuous linens are waiting for you afterward. Or maybe it helps even more to know that the rest of your family is safely entertained with spa treatments or outdoor activities while you work on your swing. Either way, five Washington State golf courses are ready to offer their own distinctive hybrid of posh and fun to destination golfers like you—from the pine forests east of the Cascades to the shores of the Puget Sound.

Suncadia Resort Roslyn, WA

Why settle for one golf course when you could conquer three? Suncadia offers 54 holes, one course of which is adjacent to a winery. Situated inside the 2.2 million acres of Wenatchee National Forest, this bucolic resort is ready to get you out into nature, whether you choose hiking, biking, swimming, fly-fishing, cross-country skiing, stand-up paddleboarding or even craft brewery tours by scooter. For those with little ones, rest assured that CampCadia has the day planned with themed field trips and activities that might include anything from geocaching to Frisbee golf. Adults, on the other hand, can enjoy the extensive selection of spa treatments, shopping, fitness center offerings and the outdoor concert and cinema series.

Skamania Lodge Stevenson, WA

Just less than an hour from Portland on the Columbia River, Skamania Lodge boasts 175 acres with views of the Gorge and Cascades. Course-goers will enjoy the woodland setting of their (dog-friendly!) 18-hole spread, complete with driving range, practice bunker and chipping and putting greens. Plus, the resort’s rustic riverside location allows for a variety of outdoor activities for everyone, including hiking, white-water rafting, fishing, zip line, horseback riding, windsurfing, kayaking and more. At the lodge, guests can enjoy services at the Waterleaf Spa and Fitness Center, ride complimentary adult street bikes, and sample fine cuisine at the Cascade Dining Room or River Rock restaurant.

Newcastle Golf Club  Newcastle, WA

If you are fine passing on luxury accommodations, this hilltop golf club in Bellevue’s backyard boasts 350 acres of 360-degree views of Seattle, the Olympics, the Cascades and Mt. Rainier. Choose from two 18-hole courses—designed by Robert E. Cupp and Masters champion Fred Couples—or the practice facility, which includes a range, teaching center and equipment shop. Private or group instruction is available and repeat golfers might consider player cards or memberships. The club itself features two post-round dining opportunities with award-winning views: the Calcutta Grill, with its two outdoor patios and authentic indoor English pub, and the Wooly Toad, a lounge with complimentary billiards and an expansive collection of single malt scotches.

GolfSemiahmoo Resort Blaine, WA

Get cozy with Canada thanks to the unique peninsular location of this waterside resort, which situates guests in the middle of Semiahmoo Bay with views of Mt. Baker and White Rock, BC. Arrive by car, ferry or even personal boat if you’d prefer to moor your vessel in Semiahmoo’s private marina. Duffers will be thrilled with the views from the golf club’s 18-hole course, as well as the additional driving range, putting and chipping greens, Pro Shop, practice bunkers and gourmet restaurant. Resident instructor Jeff Coston, a PGA and Nike Tour player, offers high-tech private or group instruction. The less iron-inclined will be equally sated by the spa, which uses a product line derived from wild (and clean!) Pacific Northwest seaweed, two restaurants featuring local ingredients and the resort’s invention of “foot golf”—where soccer balls replace their smaller counterpart and the holes are 21-inch diameter cups on the green.

The Resort at Port Ludlow  Port Ludlow, WA

A mere ferry ride from the mainland, this resort perched at the mouth of Hood Canal allows for easy access to the Olympic National Park for hiking, biking and other expeditions into nature. As for golfing, the nearby Port Ludlow Golf Club features an 18-hole course designed by golf course architect legend Robert Muir Graves complete with view of Hood Canal, the Olympics and the Cascades. For the water-inclined, fishing opportunities abound and the resort’s marina rents out kayaks and small watercrafts. At the spa, guests can enjoy a wide range of services from the traditional massage and facial to mud wraps and acupuncture, while the waterfront restaurant offers an abundance of locally sourced foods and an award-winning local wine menu. Of all the resorts, Port Ludlow offers the widest range of accommodations, from tent sites and boat moorage to suites and private single-family homes.

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