Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort
Our state has an abundance of great tracks for under $50 — but not many of those boast a mountain address.
Sure, there are plenty of Northwest that count the Cascades or Olympics as a beautiful backdrop to a top-notch round. But, for barely $40 during the week and only $50 on weekends and holidays (with a further 10-40 percent savings when booked through their website, kahlerglen.com), you can play “in” the Cascades, at Kahler Glen Golf and Ski Resort.
Located in the Bavarian town of Leavenworth, Kahler Glen is only a two-hour drive from Seattle, a mere 75 minutes from Everett up Highway 2, along the scenic Skykomish River, and just a stone’s throw from Wenatchee.
But, if you are considering “saving some green” and playing Kahler Glen, take the opportunity to make it an easy, affordable stay-and-play for yourself, your golf buddies and your spouses. That will leave you time to enjoy the region’s fishing, hiking and incredible wine tasting (Kestrel’s tasting room in Leavenworth is a personal favorite, while my wife raves about Icicle Ridge, just outside of town), plus of course the chance to sample Leavenworth’s distinctly German culture and life.
It’s a true getaway and will make you quickly forget about the hustle and bustle of the city.
Still young by most standards, Kahler Glen, opened in 1989, is much more grown up than one might think. With evergreens and thousands of old-growth trees surrounding you at every turn, the par-70 course is prettier than it is punishing. Highly regarded by those who frequent Kahler Glen, the Randy Pelton-design can stretch nearly 5,900 yards from the tips and boasts a slope rating of 118.
The bluegrass fairways hold up extremely well to the challenging weather patterns Kahler Glen’s greenskeepers must deal with, from major snowfall in the winter months, to warm, dry summers. The course also is a resort and offers amazing lodging and food packages. Additionally, Kahler Glen has eight stay-and-play hotel partners in the Leavenworth area should you decide not to stay at the resort.
Go in the summertime, and you can even watch an outdoor performance of “The Sound Of Music” as the sun sets behind the jagged mountains to the west — trust me, it gives new meaning to the phrase, “the hills are alive with the Sound of Music.”