Glen Acres Golf & Country Club
So you’re in the market for a country club membership but you don’t have 50 grand to throw at the initiation fee. Even $5,000 is pushing it.
Before you 86 your dream, there’s a place in the Jet City that offers a beautiful clubhouse, lush 9-hole (18 tee), par 72 championship course, a full restaurant, members lounge, full tournament and social schedule, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, tennis courts and a membership that dates back to the 1960s — all for a mere $250 initiation fee for new members.
That’s right — just $250 (or about what you’d pay for a twosome at one of our state’s top tracks), plus monthly dues gets you full-time access Seattle’s Glen Acres Golf and Country Club, tucked neatly away in the rolling hills of southwest Seattle, with some of the best views of downtown you can find from a golf course fairway.
One of the Emerald City’s true “hidden gems,” Glen Acres packs plenty of value into its 9-hole design. Each hole offers two sets of tee boxes, played once each on the front and back. The difference between the two can be dramatic — the risk-reward par-5 7th hole, at 457 yards, becomes a much more challenging 390-yard par-4 when played from the 16th tee, trees on both sides framing a relatively tight fairway.
And lest you think that a nine-hole course can’t offer much in the way of a challenge, know that Glen Acres’ slope rating of 131 is higher than the blue tees at Gold Mountain’s famed Olympic Course, and just slightly on the easier side of the tips at Chambers Bay (which play to a 133).
The challenge at Glen Acres is in the hilly (yet walkable) layout, the old-growth trees that frame the fairways and the bunkers that guard every green – plus a 6,088-yard length that is no slouch. The day we played, the greens were fast, lush and offered fair reads. The fairways are wonderfully maintained and offer beautiful vistas of downtown Seattle and the SoDo district.
Each of the 18 tees offer a different perspective, keeping the front and back nines interesting and exciting. Our favorite hole? The 9th/18th home hole is a pretty, rolling finish and the two tees offer a dramatically different look at the hole.
For more information — including a PDF highlighting he varying levels of membership, from social, young executive and junior memberships, to individual, couple — even corporate — memberships, see www.glenacresgolf.com.