The Home Course

Published on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 in Course of the Week

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Play it on a sunny day, and there are few courses in the Seattle area more scenic than The Home Course. Play it on a cloudy, or even rainy day, and there are few courses that drain better, or are more fun to play.

Tucked alongside Puget Sound in DuPont, The Home Course — owned and operated by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association — shares more in common with its neighbor to the north, Chambers Bay, than the mere fact of having hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championships.

Like Chambers, The Home Course features an open layout; indeed, it is particularly friendly to slicers, who can miss the center of the fairway by up to 40 yards on most holes and still have a playable lie. Also like Chambers, the greens present The Home Course’s most significant challenges, with numerous undulations and slopes that require a little course knowledge and a creative mind to successfully navigate. Having played it once, you’re left with the distinct impression that you’d score better the second time, knowing the ideal angles to which to play your drives, and the best places on the greens to land your approach.

Numerous bunkers — including a handful of steep-faced pot-bunkers in the classic links style — dot the fairways and greens of John Fought’s design, each of which are kept in remarkably crisp condition. We last played it on a damp and drizzly March morning, towards the end of one of the wettest spring months in years, and found the course to be in tip-top shape — no puddles or plugged lies, and greens surprisingly firm for the conditions.

Unlike Chambers Bay, however, The Home Course won’t run you into triple digits for a peak-season tee time. Rates start as low as $21 after 4 p.m., and $54 at a standard weekday time ($42 for PNGA members), peaking at just $64 ($54 for PNGA members) on a summer weekend at prime time.

Our readers have never failed to rank The Home Course among the state’s top-10 tracks, and it’s easy to see why. Make plans to play it sometime this year.

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