Willows Run Golf Complex
There’s no doubt about it — when we’re in the market for a good before- or after-work round on the Eastside, we go to Willows Run.
First, it’s convenient — just a few miles east of I-405 in Redmond, it’s a quick drive from Seattle, Bellevue, or even North-end suburbs like Bothell and Lynnwood.
Second, it’s affordable — peak-season rates top out at $56 on summer weekends, and go as low as $31 at twilight (after 3 p.m.) or early bird times (before 8 a.m., M-TH, $35 on Fridays).
Most important, though, is the variety — we can go to Willows Run on four straight days, and have four different experiences. It starts with the two 18-hole championship courses, Eagle’s Talon and Coyote Creek, which stretch across a valley barely a mile south of the start of the Woodinville wine region.
Played through and around wetlands, with evergreens lining most holes, the courses can be as tough as you make them. Eagle’s Talon, the tighter and more challenging of the two, plays to a length of 6,800 yards and a slope of 130 from the back tees, enough for almost any golfer. When we’re in the mood for a less rigorous challenge — and let’s face it, that’s quite often — we tee it up a chip shot away at Coyote Creek, whose slope and length (119 and 6,344, respectively) are enough to keep us focused, while also putting a few birdie opportunities on the table.
But that’s just half of the facility — there’s also a nine-hole par-3 course, Heron Links, and one of the region’s most enjoyable putting courses, the 18-hole Rainbow Run. In fact, there might not be a better place in the Puget Sound to teach a new golfer the game — from the putting course, to the par-3 Heron Links, to Coyote Creek, to Eagle’s Talon, junior players and others just learning the game can step up the challenge to whatever level they feel comfortable.
What’s even better, annual memberships — usually $99 — have been reduced to just $36 for the remainder of 2012, giving you 15-percent off all greens fees, 10-percent off pro shop merchandise, 2-for-1 entrees in the Fire Creek Grill and more. Upgrade to a Gold Advantage card membership for just $72 (usually $199), and Willows Run will kick in two free rounds with cart — a $160 value alone.
To learn more, click the link above or visit willowsrun.com.