Mount Si Golf Course

Published on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 in Course of the Week

Mount Si, North Bend

Snoqualmie, Wash. | (425) 391-4926

Exactly 10 years ago, in April of 2008 — just the third-ever issue of Cascade Golfer — we visited and wrote about Mount Si Golf Course for the very first time. At the time, we wrote, “Mount Si combines beautiful landscaping and picturesque views with a well-maintained, 18-hole, par-72 course that puts all of the Northwest’s green beauty on display, while leaving your green where it belongs — in your wallet.”

A decade later, Mount Si has become one of our most frequent haunts, and we’re happy to say — nothing has changed.

Well, that’s not entirely true — while the course has remained in excellent shape and the routing has continued to both beautify (the front nine) and bedevil (the back nine), the Mount Si Restaurant has undergone some mostly cosmetic renovations over the years, making it a terrific place to grab a plate of ham and eggs before your round, or kick back and soak in the views over nice, cold brew afterward.

It’s the golf that we come for, though, and it’s the golf that keeps us coming back. The front nine serves as a proper warm-up for what’s ahead, a mix of straight-ahead par-4s, mid-range par-3s and one of favorite risk-reward holes, the par-5 second, where a player bold enough to carry the trees left of the fairway off the tee can find themselves with an easy iron to the green. It also features one the state’s most scenic holes, the par-4 sixth, whose green is backdropped by the towering stone edifice of Mount Si itself.

If you keep the ball straight, you’ll probably score well — and you’d better, because the back nine is a different animal. Starting at the par-4 10th — just 300 yards from the tips, but with a sharp dogleg left and a large swale separating the fairway and green — the next several holes require more than just a straight shot, but the ability to think one shot ahead. That tricky par-4 is followed by the course’s longest par-3 (206 yards from the blue tees) and a true, three-shot par-5 — not only is it 581 yards, but it curves constantly left through a narrow passageway of trees, with a sharp turn left just shy of the green. Leave anything left, and you won’t be able to maximize the distance on your subsequent shot — which, when you need to cover 581 yards, is a problem.

After a relatively tame front nine, you can very easily go bogey-bogey-bogey (or worse) to start the back, and find yourself fully on tilt the rest of the way. It’s just enough of a challenge to keep even the best golfers on their toes, while the remainder of the back nine will give bogey golfers the chance to get back on track.

With rates that start under $20 in the spring (weekday, super-twilight times) and peak under $50 on a stunning summer weekend, it’s one of our region’s best values — readers named it seventh-best in the Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue Metro area in 2017 (ahead of such notables as China Creek and West Seattle) and the third-best course in the state under $50, behind only Spokane’s Indian Canyon and the aforementioned Cascade Course at Gold Mountain.

We weren’t surprised — it’s been that way for the entire decade we’ve known it, and will likely be the same for at least a decade to come.

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