Trophy Lake Golf & Casting

Published on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 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 last year, there was only one “newcomer” on the list — Trophy Lake, appearing for the first time ever in our rankings.

It’s no coincidence that 2017 was the first year in which we opened our rankings up to the public, as opposed to just industry experts — daily-fee golfers have been gushing about the Port Orchard course for its entire two decades of existence.

Which is one reason why we weren’t surprised to get a similar reaction when we added Trophy Lake to this year’s Cascade Golfer Cup schedule. This weekend’s Srixon Invitational at Trophy Lake tees off Saturday, and it’s going to be a blast. Open to two-player teams with established handicaps, and featuring net- and gross-scoring prizes like trips to Mexico and twosomes and foursomes to the state’s top tracks, it’s a terrific opportunity to head across the Sound and put your game to the test. Best of all, with only 31 teams in the field — and the top-15 net and top-10 gross teams guaranteed to prize out — you have a great chance to come home with some sweet swag in your pocket!

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, in our state’s top-10 — and our CG Cup rotation. It’s as good a time as ever to check it out.

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