Harbour Pointe Golf Club
Mukilteo | (425) 355-6060
Harbour Pointe is a course of deception.
You might think that you can score here. It’s average in length (6,138 yards, white tees) and fairly open. And certainly, on those days when the sun is beaming, the wind and rain are far away, and your swing is silky-smooth, you can score. Lose that concentration for just a moment, though — or play it when conditions are less than ideal — and those scorecard-ruining snowmen can start to appear rather quickly.
Like all the Oki Golf courses, an Oki card grants you 10-percent discounts on green fees, including seniors and juniors. There are also twilight and super twilight rates during the summer that make the course a terrific bargain, especially for twosomes sharing a cart.
Starting with the third, you’ll need to keep your concentration level high for the rest of your round. On every hole on the back nine – except for No. 10 – either the tee or the green, if not both, are elevated. The back nine used to be played amid pristine forests, but most of the trees have since made way for houses, which are dotted with the dings and dents of thousands of Titleists.
If there is a more beautiful hole in this region than No. 11, I’m not sure where it is. From the tee, you look across the Sound to the southern end of Whidbey Island. It’s a short par-4, just 335 yards. But 180 yards out, it drops down a steep slope to a gulley, then slightly up again to the green. The elevation change requires some careful club selection, while an unforgiving forest looms right. Keep it straight on the drive and make sure you’re far enough to see over the hill on the approach.
The par-5, 500-yard finishing hole is a good test. The drive is all uphill, probably 200 yards to reach the plateau. Unless you are a true long-bomber, it’s a three-shotter for sure. The long green, though, favors a right-to-left approach.
At some courses, you need every club in your bag. At Harbour, you need blinders. You have to ignore the water on Nos. 3, 6, 7, 8 and 10 then try not to be a hero on Nos. 6, 8, 11 and 13.
Accomplish all of that, and yes, you can score. And if you do, let me know — I guess I still haven’t quite figured out how to work those blinders just yet. — Bob Sherwin