Vote For the Top-10 Public Golf Courses in Washington State

Published on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 in News | Slider

Make sure your voice is heard by submitting your own top-10 in the comment field below!

Gamble Sands stormed the castle in 2017 and took the top spot in Cascade Golfer’s ranking of the top-10 public courses in Washington state. Will Chambers Bay reclaim the title in 2019 — or might a new course have its day in the sun?

Cascade Golfer’s ranking of the state’s top golf courses is back, and we need your help! In the coming months, we’ll be canvassing the state to collect as much data as we can for our fourth bi-annual ranking of Washington’s top public tracks.

Chambers Bay captured the top spot in both 2013 and 2015, but it was David McLay Kidd’s Gamble Sands that surged to No. 1 in 2017, more than doubling Chambers’ total of first-place votes. Will Gamble Sands go back-to-back in 2019, or will Chambers Bay’s new greens be enough to lift it back to the top? Or, might this be the year that Wine Valley, Salish Cliffs or Palouse Ridge take the honors, or when the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain finally pushes the new kids out of the way to reclaim its place on the throne?

In addition to gathering input from our team of golf writers and industry experts, we want to hear from you! What are your favorite public courses in Washington state? Are there any hidden gems that you think we need to check out? Just as we did in 2013 and 2015, we’ll be breaking down rankings by region, price point and more, so feel free to list any of your favorites in your personal top-10, even if you think they might not make the final list.

To nominate a deserving course or courses, comment below or send an e-mail to editor@cascadegolfer.com. Include your name and hometown. Each reader to make a nomination will be automatically entered to win a twosome of golf; submit a comment along with your picks, and we might even publish your thoughts in the August issue of Cascade Golfer, when the final votes will be revealed!



150 Responses to “Vote For the Top-10 Public Golf Courses in Washington State”

  1. Ardi Pribadi Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. Wine Valley
    3. Salish Cliffs
    4. Rope Rider
    5. Prospector
    6. Home Course
    7. Gold Mountain–Olympic
    8. Newcastle–Coal Creek
    9. White Horse
    10. Druids Glen

  2. Scott Pierson Says:

    1. Palouse Ridge
    2. Salish Cliffs
    3. Chambers Bay
    4. Gamble Sands
    5. Wine Valley
    6. Prospector
    7. Trophy Lake Golf & Casting
    8. Gold Mountain Olympic Course
    9. The Home Course
    10. Bear Mountain Ranch

  3. Patrick Hill Says:

    1. Gamble Sands
    2. Chambers Bay
    3. Gold Mountain – Olympic
    4. Trophy Lake
    5. Wine Valley
    6. McCormick Woods
    7. Home Course
    8. Bear Mountain
    9. Washington National
    10. Suncadia – Prospector

  4. John Ladenburg Sr Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. Indian Canyon
    3. Palouse Ridge
    4. Gold Mt. Olympic
    5. Gamble Sands
    6. Salish Cliffs
    7. Lake Spanaway
    8. Palouse Ridge
    9. Snoqualmie Ridge
    10. Suncadia Rope Rider

  5. Kingman Snappy Says:

    Chambers Bay
    Gamble Sands
    Palouse Ridge
    Suncadia Prospector
    Gold Mtn Olympic
    Apple Tree
    Home Course
    Chewelah G&CC
    Wine Valley
    Oakbrook

  6. Craig Anderson Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. Palouse Ridge
    3. Gold Mountain-Olympic
    4. Newcastle-Coal Creek
    5. Port Ludlow
    6. Trophy Lake
    7. White Horse
    8. Suncadia-Prospector
    9. Canyon Lakes
    10. West Seattle

  7. Rich Turner Says:

    Here are my picks of the courses played. Have not played many of the ones on other lists.
    Salish Cliffs
    Chambers Bay
    Wine Valley
    Palouse Ridge
    Alderbrook
    Druid Glenn
    Skamania
    Gold Canyon – Cascade
    Hawked Prairie – Links

  8. Malcolm Boyles Says:

    1. Gamble Sands
    2. Wine Valley
    3. Chambers Bay
    4. Palouse Ridge
    5. Gold Mountain Olympic
    6. The Home Course
    7. Snoqualmie Ridge
    8. Prospector
    9. Apple Tree
    10. Cedars at Dungeness

  9. Jeff Carr Says:

    1. Gamble Sands
    2. Chambers Bay
    3. Gold Mountain – Olympic
    4. Wine Valley
    5. Palouse Ridge
    6. Home Course
    7. Salish Cliffs
    8. Washington National
    9. Apple Tree
    10. Cedars at Dungeness

  10. COB Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. Hangman Valley
    3. Loomis Trail
    4. Apple Tree
    5. Desert Canyon
    6. Salish Cliffs
    7. Indian Canyon
    8. Home Course
    9. Prospector
    10. Moses Pointe

  11. John Titland Says:

    Desert Canyon should have made the list

  12. Tate Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. Sahalee
    3. Palouse Ridge
    4. White Horse
    5. Salish Cliffs
    6. Trophy Lake
    7. Inglewood
    8. TPC Snoqualmie Ridge
    9. Canterwood
    10. Manito

  13. greg Says:

    1. Gamble Sands
    2. Palouse Ridge
    3. Wine Valley
    4. Apple Tree
    5. Semiahmoo
    6. Avalon
    7. Indian Canyon
    8. Prospector
    9. Chambers Bay
    10. Home Course

  14. Kap Pula Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. White Horse
    3. Druids Glen
    4. The Cascade at Gold Mountain
    5. The Olympic at Gold Mountain
    6. The Home Course
    7. New Castle-Coal Creek
    8. Washington National
    9. Salish Cliffs
    10. Hawks Praire

  15. Damani Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. Gamble Sands
    3. Gold Mountain – Olympic
    4. Sahalee
    5. Salish Cliffs
    6. Apple Tree
    7. Loomis Trail
    8. Home Course
    9. White Horse
    10. Druids Glen

  16. jack feeney Says:

    1.chambers bay
    2.bear mountain
    3.salish cliffs
    4.home course
    5.gamble sands
    6.apple tree
    7.washington national
    8.wine valley
    9.palouse ridge
    10.snoqualmine ridge

  17. Herb Bone Says:

    1. Wine Valley
    2. Chambers Bay
    3. Loomis Trail
    4. Gamble Sands
    5. Salish Cliffs
    6. Eaglemont
    7. Desert Canyon
    8. Gold Mountain-Olympic
    9. McCormick Woods
    10. White Horse

  18. Jon Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. Newcastle- Coal Creek
    3. Gamble Sands
    4. Palouse Ridge
    5. Salish Cliffs
    6. Prospector
    7. Rope Rider
    8. Home Course
    9. Wine Valley
    10. Washington National

  19. Hairy Balls Says:

    1) Crossroads
    2) Bellevue Muni
    3) Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course
    4) Mount Si
    5) West Seattle
    6) Jefferson Golf
    7) Jackson
    8) Interbay
    9) Nile
    10) Foster LInks

  20. Brandon Feist Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. Salish Cliffs
    3. Gold Mountain (Olympic)
    4. Rope Rider
    5. Washington National
    6. Wine Valley
    7. Home Course
    8. Bear Mountain
    9. Apple Tree
    10. Druids Glen

  21. Mark North Says:

    Why are private courses included on these lists when your title says Public courses?

  22. Hans Ulland Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. Trophy Lake
    3. Druids Glenn
    4. Desert Canyon
    5. Gold Mountain(Olympic)
    6. Bear Mountain
    7. Suncadia(Prospector)
    8. Washington National
    9. The Home Course
    10. Salish Cliffs

  23. Dan Yount Says:

    1-Gamble Sands
    2-Chambers Bay
    3-Wine Valley
    4-Gold Mtn-Olympic
    5-Druids glen
    6-Palouse Ridge
    7-Prospector
    8-Whitehorse
    9-Indian Canyon
    10-Washington National

  24. Sue Martin Says:

    Our top 10
    Vic Meyers
    Suncountry
    Leavenworth
    3 lakes (wenatchee)
    Kahler Glen
    Apple tree
    Creek at Qualchan
    Hangman valley
    Mount Si
    Bear mountain

  25. William Neisinger Says:

    Gable Sands
    Chambers Bay
    White Horse
    Salish Cliffs
    The Home Course
    Suncadia (Prospector)
    Gold Mountain (Olympic)
    Washington National
    Druids Glen
    Dungeness

  26. Jim Ribary Says:

    1. Gamble Sands 2. Wine Valley 3. Chamber Bay 4. Gold Mtn/Olympic 5. Bear Mountain 6. Sundcadia/Prospector 7. The Home Course 8. Trophy Lake and Casting Club 9. Salish Cliffs 10. Port Ludlow

    I really enjoy all the above courses, I like the one I am playing the most.

    Jim Ribary
    Gig Harbor

  27. John Juhl Says:

    Last time I participated in this ranking Gamble Sands was rated #1 and promptly raised he green fees. It is not in my interest to participate in aiding other courses to do the same.

  28. james bui Says:

    below are the worst courses in the PNW. as such, they should promptly lower their prices to an acceptable and appropriate level. i’ll wait… thx.

    1. chambers bay
    2. gamble sands
    3. trophy lake
    4. wine valley
    5. bear mountain ranch
    6. salish cliffs
    7. palouse ridge
    8. prospector @ suncadia
    9. white horse
    10. the home course

  29. Steven Mentele Says:

    Here is my top ten, including two that appear to be nominations* as I don’t see them on others’ lists:

    1. Palouse Ridge
    2. Salish Cliffs
    3. White Horse
    4. Washington National
    5. Druid’s Glen
    6. Wine Valley
    7. Desert Canyon
    8. Apple Tree*
    9. Port Ludlow
    10. Walter Hall* (good greens, dry year ’round)

  30. Brian hudak Says:

    Chambers bay
    The home course
    Twin lakes
    Homestead (lynden)

  31. Tom Collera Says:

    1. Wine Valley
    2. Gamble Sands
    3. Chambers Bay
    4. Salish Cliffs
    5. The Home Course
    6. Olympic Course
    7. Suncadia- Prospector
    8. Druids Glen
    9. White Horse
    10.Trophy Lake

  32. Kalii Says:

    The same reason that Circling Raven is on several lists … because some people do not read the directions. :) Any votes for private/non-WA courses are just ignored when tallying the votes.

  33. Mark Hieger Says:

    1. Suncadia-Prospector
    2. Chambers Bay–The view of the course when you drive in is worth the price-playing it is a bonus!
    3. Apple Tree–Best Island Hole in the NW..
    4. Bear Mtn. Ranch
    5. Home Course
    6. Druids Glenn
    7. Desert Canyon
    8. Gold Mountain-Olympic
    9. Bellevue Muni.
    10. Snohomish

    Played Gamble Sands 3 times—Not worth the price or drive.

  34. Debi Y Says:

    1. West Seattle, best municipal course and most accessible course in the state
    2. The Home course
    3. Mt Si
    4. Belleview Muni
    5. Riverbend
    6. Wine Valley
    7. Gold Mountain

  35. Ty Sauve Says:

    Gamble Sands
    Suncadia(both courses)
    Bear Mountain
    Desert canyon
    Loomis Trails
    Gold Mountain(Olympic)
    Washington National
    Echo Falls
    Sudden Valley
    Avalon

  36. Kyle Moore Says:

    1. Gamble Sands
    2. Wine Valley
    3. Chambers Bay
    4. Palouse Ridge
    5. Desert Canyon
    6. Home Course
    7. Gold Mt – Olympic
    8. Salish Cliffs
    9. Rope Rider – Suncadia
    10. Moses Pointe

  37. Tsweet Says:

    1. Port Ludlow
    2. Shuksan
    3. Homestead
    4. Sudden Valley
    5. Highlander
    6. Creek at Qualichan
    7. Liberty Lake
    8. Sun Country
    9. N Bellingham
    10. Meadow wood

  38. Rick clapham Says:

    Chambers Bay
    Salish cliffs
    Loomis trails
    Gamble sands
    Prospector
    White horse
    Olympic
    Druids glen
    Hawks prairie links
    Home course

  39. Mike Snowden Says:

    Palouse Ridge
    Home Course
    Gold Mountain-Olympic Course
    Bear Mountain Ranch
    Chambers Bay
    White Horse
    Cedars at Dungeness
    Wine Valley
    Kalispell
    Coal Creek

  40. Josh Fernandez Says:

    1. Chambers Bay
    2. Salish Cliffs
    3. Gamble Sands
    4. Palouse Ridge
    5. Gold Mountain – Olympic
    6. Apple Tree
    7. Wine Valley
    8. New Castle – Coal Creek
    9. Bear Mountain Ranch
    10. Loomis Trail

  41. bruce wolford Says:

    1. gamble sands
    2. chambers bay
    3. wine valley
    4. palouse ridge
    5. desert canyon
    6. Salish cliffs

  42. Bill H Says:

    1 The Creek At Qualchan
    2 Indian Canyon
    3 Desert Canyon
    4 Hangman Valley
    5 Moses Pointe
    6 Bear Mountain
    7 Wine Valley
    8 Chambers Bay
    9 Palouse Ridge
    10 Apple Tree

  43. john geiselman Says:

    These are my favorite ones,1.Creek at Qualchan 2.Hangman Valley 3.Liberty Lake 4.Indian Canyon Golf courses can be golf courses, but the difference can be the people that work there.that being said the Creek at Qualchan has no equal.From the resturant to the club house to the maintenance workers, they make you feel like it is your personal golf course.P.S. The golf course is in great shape and well maintained.Thanks Qualchan

  44. David McKinnell Says:

    Palouse Ridge
    Indian Canyon
    Downriver
    The Creek at Qualchan
    Hangman
    Lake Spanaway
    Gamble Sands
    Chambers Bay
    Trophy Lake
    Leavenworth

  45. Bill Ailes Says:

    1. Apple Tree
    2. Canyon Lakes
    3. Horn Rapids

  46. Bill Ailes Says:

    4.Columbia Point
    5.Creek at Qualchin
    6.Indian Canyon
    7. Homestead Farms
    8.Meadowwood
    9.Desert Canyon
    10. The Fairways

  47. Dale W McNally Says:

    1. Canyon Lakes
    2. Apple Tree
    3. Sun Willows
    4. Trophy Lake
    5. Windemere
    6. Horn Rapids
    7. Wine Valley
    8. Colombia Point
    9. Leavenworth
    10. Indian Canyon

  48. Payton Norvell Says:

    1. Gold Mountain Olympic
    2. Chewelah
    3. Meadow Park
    . Wine Valley
    4. The Home Course
    5. Hangman Valley
    6.

  49. David Corn Says:

    1- Sahalee
    2- Wine Valley
    3- Bear Mountain Ranch
    4- Chambers Bay
    5- Gamble Sands
    6- Salish Cliffs
    7- Kalispel C.C.
    8- Washington National
    9- Suncadia Rope Rider
    10-White Horse

  50. Tony Vallala Says:

    1. Gamble Sands
    2. Palouse Ridge
    3. Chambers Bay
    4. Wine Valley
    5. Trophy Lake
    6. The Home Course
    7. Gold Mountain – Olympic
    8. McCormick Woods
    9. Salish Cliffs


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