Nile Shrine Golf Course | Mountlake Terrace

Published on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 in Course of the Week

Phone: (425) 774-9611


As fall closes in, squeezing in 18 holes becomes tougher and tougher. Unpredictable weather makes it challenging to plan too far ahead, and combined with the increasingly shorter days rule out courses more than a short drive from home.

It’s this time of year that we tend to pull back from those summertime road trips and squeeze in a round when the weather allows at some of our local favorites, which we’ll highlight in this space throughout the offseason. This week? We’re teeing it up at the recently renamed Nile Shrine Golf Center.

It’s possible you’ve never played the Nile. If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of fairway while driving north on I-5 through Mountlake Terrace, however, or passed by the funny-looking sign with the Shriners’ hat off of 244th St SW in Mountlake Terrace, you’ve seen it.

And, like most of us who see the Nile for the first time, you’ve probably wondered — What’s the deal with that place?

Built by the Shriners in 1968 as a private, executive 9-hole course, the Nile converted to public play in 1996 to celebrate the addition of nine more holes that lengthened the course to its current 5,010 yards. While the front nine offers some fun holes and good scoring opportunities, the back nine will better test your game.

Uphill approaches on the par-4 10th and 12th holes make for tricky club selections, while the downhill 11th is a chance for the big swingers to let it fly. The course’s signature hole, the downhill par-3 13th offers one of the most elevated tees of any in the greater Seattle area, from where you can look straight ahead to Mt. Rainier in the distance, or 60-70 feet down to a large green 182 yards away. The elevation, and frequent crosswind, makes club selection key. Whatever you choose, hit it true and smile at the commuters heading north on I-5 as they look up at you in envy.

A series of par-4s then criss-cross a stream and run out to the main road and back before a fun, par-3 finish

There are no par-5s on the course, and most of the par-4s check in at under 350 yards, making it an easy – and quick – walk for any golfer, and a great option for juniors, beginners, or an after-work alternative to hitting the range.

Best of all, I’ve never needed more than three-and-a-half hours to get around the track, and have always felt that I got my money’s worth – which at a peak rate of just $26 starting Oct. 1, is the kind of value we’re all about.

One Response to “Nile Shrine Golf Course | Mountlake Terrace”

  1. Steve Mentele Says:

    I thought the Nile opened to the public when it was still 9 holes. Their greens were a lot better then.
    For some reason, the people who play the course are some of the most courteous I have ever met. Whether playing with, playing through, or letting faster players go by, everyone is extremely easygoing. Same with the staff. They always help me get in a quick round when I need to.
    I have always walked the Nile, but when you call it an “easy walk…”, you must get amnesia between the 9th green and the 10th tee. Talk about elevation change. This can be treated…

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