The best golf courses in Washington State have many things in common, but one new thing this year: they’re extremely busy. Washington State golfers know very well that getting a tee time is a challenge at the moment, whether you’re golfing on one of the top courses in Washington or just at your local Executive Course or Par 3. As long as it’s difficult to secure a booking, you might as well aim big and plan to book a round at one of these 10 best golf courses in Washington.
With 277 great golf courses in Washington State, you’ll have plenty to choose from. That doesn’t quite make it one of the states with the most golf courses in the USA, but not bad for one of the rainiest states in the nation.
These are the top 10 golf courses in Washington State
1. Gamble Sands Golf Club
Location: Brewster, Washington
Masterful golf course architect David McLay Kidd designed the golf course at Gamble Sands Golf Club to be one of a kind, ranked 16th in the USA by Golfweek and ranking as the top golf course in Washington State on many lists, including ours.
The beautiful Cascade Mountains, panoramic views, and Columbia River runs in the distance on nearly every hole. If you haven’t visited yet, you simply must.
2. Chambers Bay
Location: University Place, Washington
Chambers Bay and Gamble Sands are almost always ranked the two top golf courses in Washington State, it’s really somewhat of a coin flip based on your personal tastes.
Chambers Bay is one of the newer courses on our list, opening in 2007. It’s very reminiscent of some of the top links golf courses in Ireland. Set on the Puget Sound, it’s sure to delight you at every turn.
3. Wine Valley Golf Club
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Dan Hixson designed this course at the foot of the Blue Mountains so that each hole has incredible views. Walla Walla is one of the best wine regions in the Pacific Northwest, so be sure you save time for tastings after your round.
4. Tumble Creek
Location: Cle Elum, Washington
One of the finest golf architects in the world, hitting the links on a Tom Doak course is always something special – three of his courses have been ranked among the top 50 in the world by Golf Digest. This is a private course.
5. Aldarra Golf Club
Surrounded by magnificent trees and the nearby Cascade Mountain Range, Aldarra was designed by Tom Fazio and is in pristine condition. Just look at the views from the 13th hole above.
“Aldarra was our first course in the Northwest, which makes it a very important golf course. If my design firm is going to ‘fly our flag’ in a particular area, the golf can’t be just good…..it has to be ‘as good as it gets.’” – Tom Fazio, Designer of Aldarra Golf Club.
6. Salish Cliffs
Location: Shelton, Washington
Located one hour south of Seattle in the Puget Sound sits Salish Cliffs, one of the premier golf courses in Washington State. Opening in 2011, it was recently named the top course in Washington State by GolfAdvisor.com. Be sure to check out the Little Creek Casino Resort and 7 Inlets Spas after your round.
7. Trophy Lake
Location: Port Orchard
Just 15 minutes from the Seattle Ferry Landing sits Trophy Lake Golf, a challenging course with a fishing lodge style clubhouse that will make you feel miles from home. If you love fishing, this is the course for you. Make it a weekend getaway.
8. Druids Glen
Location: Covington, Washington
True northwest poa annua greens, 60 strategically placed sand bunkers, and nine lakes make Druids Glen a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. It’s also one of the best values in the state – standard rates Monday to Friday are under $40 a round.
9. Gold Mountain
Location: Bremerton, Washington
Stunning views in all directions separate Gold Mountain from the pack in Washington, with rolling terrain. Watch the short video below for some of the views.
10. Palouse Ridge
Location: Pullman, Washington
Designed by John Harbottle III, we simply couldn’t leave Palouse Ridge Golf Club off our list of the top 10 golf courses in Washington. The course opened for play in 2008 and is the home venue of the Cougar golf teams of the Pac-12 Conference.