In these unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 threat affecting all aspects of life as we know it, golf is available as an outlet for people to exercise and provides one of the few respites from the confines of home. With vast areas of open space containing green grass, ponds and trees, a golf course provides the ability for social distancing in a stress-free environment.
The letter also listed the many precautions and modifications golf courses have taken to ensure the safety of staff and golfers and to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The Golf Alliance of Washington comprises the major industry associations for the region, including WashingtonGolf, Club Managers Association-Evergreen Chapter, Pacific Northwest Section PGA, and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America-Western Washington and Inland Empire Chapters.
This is fantastic news for everyone who lives in Washington (present included). Over the last month or so of courses being closed in Washington, it led to a lot of confusion and disgruntled golfers.
It’s a wide- open outdoor activity, that you can play while staying away from people, even if they are in your group. Personally, I sat behind the wheel of my car for the first time in three weeks and had almost forgotten what to do next.
During a time when I am normally working and coaching golf, I am gone for around 80 hours during the workweek from March through May. For all you Washingtonians or even people in other states that are facing similar situations, get ready to get out and enjoy some *hopefully at least” sunshine.
We will support the Governor’s decision as we fight this virus; we just seek clarity to his order. To implement this mandate, I hereby order that, effective midnight on March 25, 2021, all non-essential businesses in Washington State are prohibited from conducting all activities and operations except minimum basic operations.
For purposes of this Proclamation, minimum basic operations are the minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of the business’ inventory, preserve the condition of the business’ physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences, and related functions. Otto Rule Jr/Getty Images Recreational golfers can return to the favorite golf courses in the state of Washington in eight days.
Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington, on Monday announced a return of outdoor activities in the state on Tuesday, May 8. It’s considered a partial resumption of activities, but residents will be allowed to enjoy golf, fishing and hunting, as well as state parks for day trips.
Tournament host Phil Michelson was in the headlines ahead of this week’s American Express for saying that if he doesn’t play well early (…) Golf Channel’s Tom Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be part of the Diamond Resort Tournament of Champions broadcast.
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Enjoy conquering historic hiking trails or take on Mount Hood on skis for an experience not soon to be forgotten. With its terrific summer and fall weather and variety of golf courses, Central Washington is a quick drive away and will leave you feeling like you are in another part of the country.
With the Cascade Mountains, snaking rivers, pristine air, golden vistas and plenty of delicious apples, you can’t go wrong when heading to Central Washington. Canyon Lakes: Highly rated course Rated 4 1/2 Stars by Golf Digest and one of the top 10 best public courses in the Pacific Northwest, Canyon Lakes in Kennewick is not short on accolades.
In addition to the lofty rating, Golf Digest gives Canyon Lakes a nod as one of the top 200 value golf courses in the United States. Canyon Lakes also features a putting course adjacent to the driving range, yet another way for golfers to hone their skills.
Canyon Lakes has added a 3,000 square foot Champions Room that is ideal for golf outings, weddings, company parties and special events. The course uses the natural terrain of carved plateaus and each hole features lake and mountain views.
Located three hours from Seattle, Bear Mountain Ranch also features real estate opportunities for those looking to get away from the city. Laced with incredible views of the Columbia River, Highlander plays to over 6,500 from the back tees.
Highlander made plenty of improvements in the last year, including the re-shaping of all the bunkers on the front nine. The course is also home to the famous #6 canyon hole, which has been ranked as the 7th best par five in America by Golf Digest.
Located on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains and adjacent to the Columbia River, the course measures 6,571 yards from the back tees. Nothing too complicated greets the average golfer, but the course does have water hazards and numerous bunkers that will need to be avoided.
Many of the greens are surrounded by mounds, which makes errant approach shots that much more penal. If your short game is MIA, you might want to put in some practice time on the range before you hit the course.
With a fully-stocked golf shop, café, covered patio and driving range complete with extra amenities, Columbia Point caters to every golfer from the car to first tee to post-round enjoyment. With multipart fairways that wind through sand and sage, Horn Rapids provides a brilliant contrast of color between desert and greens.
Set against high desert mountains, the sloping, slick greens provide plenty of character and demand on your short game. The course has three sets of tees to choose from, giving golfers of different skill levels a chance to put a good number on the scorecard.
Most players will be comfortable with the 6,323 yardage from the white tees, which actually play a little shorter due to the firm fast conditions that desert golf provides. With three courses open, Prospector the private Tumble Creek and the new Rope Rider, Arcadia offers up a trifecta of golf.
Offering dramatic views of the Cascade Mountains and CLE Elm River Valley, the tee ball falls 120 feet to the fairway. Playing to over 6,900 yards from the tips, Apple Tree is a tough golf test with challenging holes that will not only keep you interested and focused, it will make golfers use most of the clubs in their bag.
Perhaps the most difficult test comes early on the 461-yard, par-4 fourth that plays through a chute of orchards and over an expansive gully. Measuring just over 500 yards from the tips, the tee shot offers a “finger” of fairway for daring players or a larger safe landing area to the right with a pond separating the two.
The approach shot, or lay-up for those less inclined, has to negotiate four small ponds and a giant red apple sand trap. If you are a golfer, then the Leavenworth resort (located at Lake Wenatchee) has 18 terrific holes to challenge you.
If you are a skier, then there are miles of cross-country trails and nearby Stevens Pass for some downhill action. Most holes are surrounded by tall trees, giving you the perfect feel for Pacific Northwest golf.
Before your round try the unique Aqua driving range, complete with floating greens. Lodging is never a problem at Mahler Glen with over 20 condos, town homes and a private home.
A favorite of Tri-City golfers, it is a traditional and challenging Northwest style course with mature trees that line rolling fairways and large undulating greens. In fact, Marcus is so hands-on you will find him doing just about anything at the course including mowing greens and working behind the counter.