Seattle Golf Courses

Golfers who enjoy a challenge will feel right at home on the green in Seattle. Well, green might not be the correct term because during the rainy season these greens have a tendency to be mostly brown. This doesn’t stop Seattle’s golf fanatics from hitting the links, though. Just grab your favorite poncho and some coffee—life couldn’t be better. From family friendly and beginner courses to frustratingly difficult clubs, Seattle has it all. Tyee Valley Golf Course is just 5,926 yards, and is one of the Seattle area’s best places to bring somebody in the learning phase. For a slightly more difficult course, try the Trophy Lake Golf and Casting Club. Not only is this home to some excellent golf, but Trophy Lake also has outstanding fly-fishing waters. Whatever type of course you’re looking for, Seattle is sure to having something that works.

Jackson Park Golf Club

1000 N.E. 135th St., Seattle WA 98125; Tel. 206.363.4747
This older Seattle municipal golf course first opened in 1930. Jackson Park claims to be the driest course in the city of Seattle. The course measures 6,186 yards from the tips, but tight, tree-lined fairways and doglegs make this urban layout tougher than its length might indicate. Green fees are in the $15-$30 range.

Jefferson Park Golf Course

4101 S. Beacon Ave., Seattle WA 98108; Tel. 206.762.4513
This is the oldest golf course in Seattle, just minutes from downtown Seattle. Designed by the legendary Scotsman Thomas Bendelow, this Seattle golf course features great views of downtown and Mt. Rainier. The fairways are narrow and compact, typical of the course's urban setting. Green fees are in the $20-$30 range.

Trophy Lake Golf and Casting Club - Editor's Pick

3900 S.W. Lake Flora Rd., Port Orchard WA 98366; Tel. 360.874.3777
If golf and fishing are hobbies of yours, this Seattle golf course is heaven on earth. Trophy Lake features a four-star John Fought links style course (7,216 yards) and outstanding fly fishing waters. That's right, Seattle visitors can golf and catch trout at the same place, at the same time. This facility is just 15 miles from Seattle, and Golf Digest ranks it in the nation's top 50 service-oriented public courses. Green fees are quite modest: $35-$75.

Tyee Valley Golf Course

2401 S. 192nd St., Seattle WA 98188; Tel. 206.878.3540
There's not much to this simple municipal track. It's a scant 5,926 yards, a great place to take a beginner or novice golfer. The course opened in 1968, and gets a fair amount of play. Green fees are less than $25.

West Seattle Golf Course

4470 S.W. 35th Ave., Seattle WA 98126; Tel. 206.935.5187
This Seattle municipal track is the best course of the few courses within Seattle's city limits. West Seattle is a three-star track that features great views of the city skyline and on a clear day, Mt. Rainier. This Seattle golf course is tough, with tight, sloping fairways -- accuracy off the tee is crucial at this Santa Barbara golf course. Green fees are in the $18-$25 range.