Auburn Golf Course
Auburn, Wash. | (253) 833-2350
When we’ve spent the year being beaten up by the region’s toughest tracks, and are ready for an affordable, low-stress round where we can take in some beautiful scenery, play some fun holes and hopefully put a circle or two on the scorecard, we head to Auburn Golf Course.
Let’s take those elements one-by-one:
Affordable — Few championship-length courses (in this case, par-71, 6,354 yards from the tips) in the area offer peak-season rates as low as Auburn’s, which peak at just $40 in weekend prime-time hours, and drop as low as $26 at early bird and twilight times.
Low-Stress — Besides the tricky, three-shot, par-5 ninth, none of Auburn’s first 10 holes present anything too taxing for the mid-to-low handicapper. Just one of the six front-nine par-4s (par-35 to the back nine’s 36) extends past 393 yards from the tips, while the layout is wide open enough to let the free swingers bash away without fear. If you’re looking to work on your game in a comfortable environment, there are few better choices.
Beautiful Scenery — The par-3 16th is one of the most scenic par-3s in the state, backdropped by a cascading waterfall that collects plenty of mis-hit approaches. That hole is preceded by the par-4 15th, featuring one of the most dramatic elevation drops in Western Washington — a 100-foot plummet from the teeing ground to the fairway below. It’s so far down, you can’t see the fairway from the back tee; have a friend stand near the edge to help spot your ball on its long, long descent while you admire the view out to the west.
Fun Holes — Hopefully, you got your driver working on those first 10 holes — because starting at No. 11, you’re often better off leaving it in the bag. The par-4 11th narrows significantly and heads straight uphill to a blind green, a complete departure from the holes you’ve played previously. The next four holes are played entirely amongst trees atop the ridge, before that massive descent from tee to fairway at the par-4 15th brings you back to the valley floor just in time for the scenic 16th.
And of course, you can finish off your round with a meal in the still-as-good-as-new Copper Falls Restaurant and Bar and appreciate a day well done.