Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club
Blaine, Wash. | 800-231-4425
It’s not uncommon to strike up a conversation with a local golfer and have them say something along the lines of, “Oh, sure, I’d love to play Semiahmoo. But that’s private, right?”
In fact, not only is Semiahmoo open to the public on odd days of the month (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.), it’s actually one of the state’s best bargains. Incredibly, an 18-hole round at Semiahmoo — a course ranked No. 7 in the state by Golfweek this year and a No. 1 seed in our year-long bracket to crown the state’s top track — peaks at just $90 on a summer weekend, and drops all the way to $65 at morning or twilight times, and just $70/$55 on weekdays. And starting Oct. 1, those rates drop to a peak of $55, with a low of $35.
It’s an incredible deal for a course that is one of Washington’s most enjoyable. A relatively tight layout, with doglegs over and around creatively-placed fairway bunkers, and tall trees masking unobtrusive homes along much of its course, it’s a fun challenge for scratch and bogey golfers alike. Back tees play to a rating of 73.9 at 7,000 yards, while the white tees measure just a chip shot over 6,000, with a slope of 123 that is comparable to the white tees at West Seattle Golf Course.
The course hits its peak at Nos. 11-12, the first a reachable par-4 for the most daring of long hitters, and the second a fun and scenic par-3 back over a large pond. Measured at 316 yards from the white tees, the 11th plays shorter for the player who is willing to turn his back on the dogleg-right fairway and take a daring route directly across the pond to a narrow green. Of course, the layup to the fairway isn’t much simpler — miss right at all with anything less than 225 yards, and you’ll be just as wet as your buddy who went all-out and came up short.
It’s followed by the par-3 12th, a mid-length par 3 (between 138-173 yards) that carries back over the same pond to a well-bunkered green. A well-placed shot should have you set up for birdie — maybe two in a row, if you stayed dry at No. 11.
Most golfers who come up to Blaine to play Semiahmoo choose to spend a night at the Semiahmoo Resort, located right at the mouth of Drayton Harbor, within sight of the Peace Arch and less than a mile from the Canadian border. Doing so not only lets you take advantage of the resort’s many amenities, but also lets you tee it up the following morning at Loomis Trail Golf Club, Semiahmoo’s other award-winning 18-hole course. Thirty-six hole golf specials make the trip a bargain, and a perfect way to finish off your summer.
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