Public Golf Courses

Chambers Bay south to Tacoma was created as a walking-only ‘links’ golf course meant to be played the original Scottish way. Designer Robert Trent Jones has given this municipal course a layout that traverses the rugged coastal setting of dunes and grasses along Puget Sound shoreline. Enjoy Olympic Mountain views as you play this remarkable and challenging 18-hole course. Photo: Martin Miller. www.chambersbaygolf.com

The Washington National Golf Club in Auburn is known for its impressive design by John Fought. This championship golf course, home to the University of Washington Men’s and Women’s Husky teams, has hosted collegiate tournaments, including several NCAA regional championships. With its tee options ranging from 5,100 to 7,300 yards, Washington National can motivate and reward daily tee golfers of all playing abilities. www.washingtonnationalgolf.com

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf & Spa near the Canadian border in Blaine is home to two of the state’s top public golf courses. Designed by Arnold Palmer, Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club offers a golfing challenge second to none in Washington. This is golfing, with water in play on five holes and 67 strategically placed bunkers. You may choose Semiahmoo for its manicured fairways and contoured greens, or Loomis Trail for its consistently smooth, fast greens. www.golf@semiahmoo.com

The Golf Club at Newcastle features two championship courses that cover 350 mountain top acres with views of the Puget Sound area. Designed by Robert E. Cupp, in consultation with Masters Champion Fred Couples, the Coal Creek and China Creek courses feature unique fairways and green to challenge golfers of all abilities. www.newcastlegolf.com

The Resort at Port Ludlow sits on the shores of Ludlow Bay. The course designed by Robert Muir Graves features three distinct nines: Tide, Timber, and Trail. Each is sculpted out of dense forest with magnificent Olympic and Cascade Mountains views. No two holes play alike. www.portludlowresort.com

Private Golf Courses  Check out these golf links:  TCP Snoqualmie Ridge at Snoqualmie; Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville, Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Gig Harbor, and Olympia’s Indian Summer Golf & Country Club.