Washington National Golf Club

Published on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 in Course of the Week

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In three days, a nearly sold-out field of two-person teams will tee it up in the Muckleshoot Casino Players Championship at Washington National, the second of seven events in this year’s Cascade Golfer Cup.

And boy, are they in for a treat.

Players who start on the front nine will have an easier time working out the kinks in their swing. Trees line the left side of just about every front-nine fairway, but they’re mostly wide-open to the right, the only exceptions being a long pond that runs between the par-4 third and seventh holes. Bunkers, while just about everywhere, are rarely penal, and even the course’s signature sandy waste areas typically offer a fair lie and a look at the green.

Things tighten up on the back nine, however, where nearly every hole is played between a double row of tall pines and firs. To compensate, the back is slightly shorter than the front (from the white and blue tees, at least), making it more of a shotmaker’s challenge. Keep your tee shots out of trouble, and the greens are plenty large enough to make a good score possible. Consistently find the trees, bunkers, waste areas or water, though, and no amount of good iron play or strong putting will save you.

Our favorite holes include the par-4 seventh — just 266 yards from the whites and 286 from the blues, but slightly uphill and well-guarded by massive, steep-faced bunkers and the aforementioned pond; the par-4 12th, with a beautiful elevated tee shot; the short, par-4 15th, with a moat in front of the green and a waterfall behind; and the par-5 17th, a risk-reward beauty where any score from 3 to 8 is a realistic possibility every time you step on the tee.

Rates start at just $53 for Oki Card holders after 2 p.m. on a weekday, and peak at $98 for non-cardholders at weekend primetime, with numerous other price points in between. When you’re there, save time to go down to one of the top golf course driving ranges in the state, with grass tees and green-sized targets, and to grab a cold one on the back patio when you’re done.

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