The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge
Redmond | (425) 836-1510
This lovely little (6,419 yards max) course off Novelty Hill Road is both pretty and treacherous, especially if you have difficulty dealing with water
The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge – known as Trilogy at Redmond Ridge before joining the Oki Golf family of courses in 2009 — just missed inclusion in our 2012 Muckleshoot Casino Match Play Madness bracket, but it wasn’t for a lack of quality. Golfers on the Eastside have frequented Redmond Ridge for years, one of the reasons Oki moved quickly to acquire the course when it became available, adding it to an already impressive roster that includes The Golf Club at Newcastle, Washington National, Trophy Lake and many others.
The wet stuff comes into play a lot, including an interesting front-side Amen Corner at the third and fourth holes. The third is a 613-yard beast (566 from the whites) with water right off the tee and down the left side; the next hole is a 160-yard par-3, but it’s all liquid from tee to green, so get it all the way there or reach for your provisional ball.
After trekking across mostly level ground for the first 12 holes, the 13th starts a long plunge downhill — indeed, the approach shot from the fairway of the 435-yard par-4 (408 from the whites) is entirely blind, blocked by a huge dropoff over an environmentally sensitive area. Walk up to the edge of the cliff and look down to get your bearings before your shot — then remember to take at least two fewer clubs. It’s also helpful to have one player in your group stand by the edge to track your ball – otherwise, you may never find it unless it’s on the green.
The rest of the back nine plays up and across the east side of the ridge, back up to the clubhouse, where the Crooked Spoon Restaurant awaits to offer a warm meal.
Being long and wild won’t help you here — precise shotmaking is the key to keeping a low number on your scorecard. It’s truly a course that will reveal you for whatever kind of golfer you are, rewarding your strengths and exploiting your weaknesses.
Like a lot of Puget Sound courses, convenient winter pricing makes Redmond Ridge a tempting wet-weather option, particularly for holders of the Oki Golf Card, who receive discounts on greens fees and course amenities.