Snohomish Golf Course
by, Simon Dubiel
When it comes to underappreciated golf courses in the Northwest, there be no better bang for your golfing buck than Snohomish Golf Course. Located out in “The Country”, Snohomish GC is located off the beaten path (it’s actually only about 10 minutes from I-5 or Highway 9 — but it is quite hidden), which is also one of the aspects that make it so great. When you are walking the fairways here, the daily rat race is just a distant memory.
The course itself is very much a test of golf. With tree-lined fairways ready to swallow every missed shot, Snohomish GC demands that you be on top of your game, and forces you to hit most of the clubs in your bag. The course stretches to over 6,800 yards with a course handicap of 72.3 (blues). Not quite the walk in park you might expect. Plus it includes one of the more difficult par-3s you will find.
The 244-yard 8th, with water on the right, is all the challenge any golfer can ask for. The rest of the course does a great job balancing dog leg par-4s, par-3s varying from 135 to the 244-yard 8th, and par-5s that have reachable for some while three shotters for others. There is little water or bunkers on the course but still plenty of tree trouble. They also have a very respectable practice facility consisting of a grass-tee driving range, a chipping green and two putting greens. Have a son or daughter you want to get into the game? They have a great Junior Summer Camp ran by PGA Professional John Brandvold.
Did we mention there may not be a better deal in the state? Peak-time green fees top at $34. Looking for an even better deal, how about $22 for a weekend early-bird or twilight? Unless you’re getting paid to play, this is as good as it gets. Snohomish is a great course at a great price and with the local country feel to it, it is place worth getting to know.
Just don’t tell anyone about it.