Trophy Lake Golf & Casting

Published on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 in Course of the Week

No. 18, Trophy Lake (photo by Rob Perry /

Port Orchard, Wash. | (360) 874-8337

When our 2017 rankings of Washington’s top-10 public courses came out this week, there was only one “newcomer” on the list — and it was actually one of the oldest courses in the entire top-10.

At the ripe old age of 18, Trophy Lake is one of just two courses in this year’s top-10 built prior to the turn of the century, along with fellow peninsula gem Gold Mountain. Having sniffed around the bottom of the top-10 in all previous rankings — never higher than 11th, never lower than 12th — Trophy finally broke through in 2017, earning a spot alongside the state’s most venerated tracks.

As it well should. Trophy has long been one of Northwest native John Fought’s most enjoyable designs, with holes that prove both challenging and rewarding — particularly if you’re willing to throw caution to the wind.

Two of our favorite holes are, no surprise, two of the top risk-reward plays in the state, the par-5 seventh and par-5 18th. Played from the blue “Resort” tees (6,162 yards), the seventh is a 470-yard par-5 bisected lengthwise by a massive sand bunker, forcing the player to choose either the wider fairway to the right, or the narrower fairway to the left, with the riskier choice paying off with a shorter approach. From either side, the player is then left with an approach of 200-yards-plus, with anything short likely to find either a pond or bunker, each of which guard the green.

The 18th, too, is a classic gambler’s dilemma, a 465-yard (from the Resort tees, 532 from the Championship tees) par-5 which leaves a golfer with anywhere from 200-250 yards in to a green fronted by a large creek flowing from a greenside waterfall.

The course’s impeccable conditioning are what you’d expect from an Oki course, with rates that vary throughout the day and week — as low as $20 for an Oki Card holder at ultra-twilight times, and as high as $87 for a non-cardholder at peak summer weekend times.

Once a mainstay in the top-10 before the development boom took over and courses like Chambers Bay, Gamble Sands, Wine Valley, Suncadia Resort and Palouse Ridge jumped into the fray, Trophy Lake is back where it belongs this year. It’s as good a time as ever to check it out.

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