7 WENATCHEE AREA golf courses

 

Bear Mountain Ranch Golf Course

1050 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, Chelan

Public 18 holes

Season: Year-round

Tee times: 509-682-8200

www.bearmt.com

 

About the course

Recently named one of six favorite new golf courses in the country by PGA professionals, Bear Mountain sits above the south shore of Lake Chelan and every hole has incredible lake and mountain views. The course is cart only and carts are equipped with state-of-the-art GPS systems. Five tee boxes at each hole ensure an enjoyable experience for golfers at all skill levels.

 

Signature hole

The tee at hole 16 sits atop a hill at an elevation that provides a view of Lake Chelan and the entire golf course. Hole 18 is a 643-yard par 5. Players will need to carry their approach to the green through the pines and over a creek.

 

Scorecard summary

Tees

Par

Yards

Rating

Slope

Men 72 7,231 75.0 137
Women 72 5,063 68.6 117

 

Survival guide

Dress code: Slacks, Bermuda-length shorts and collared shirts for men. Golf attire for women. No denim. Soft spikes only. The course has a full practice facility and driving range; club rentals; cafe with beer and wine.

 

Golf pro: Von Smith

 

Rates
(includes cart with GPS and practice balls.)

18 holes

Twilight*

Replay

May-September

Weekdays $65 $50 $35
  Weekends $75 $50 $45

October and April

Weekdays $50 $40 $30
  Weekends $55 $40 $30

Punch cards available. *Twilight rates, call for time.

 

The 19th hole

Café with beer and wine; event planning; food and beverage cart; orders placed via GPS system in the golf cart.

 

Desert Canyon Golf Resort

1201 Desert Canyon Boulevard, Orondo

Resort 18 holes

Season: March – November

Tee times: 509-784-1111

www.desertcanyon.com

 

About the course

Located just 23 miles north of East Wenatchee, Desert Canyon Golf Resort sits high atop basalt bluffs above the Columbia River, off Highway 97.

The target-style resort course opened in 1993. The fairways and greens are bordered by natural vegetation and offer breathtaking views of the Columbia River Valley and surrounding hills. Both the desert landscape and water come into play, with the front and back nines dubbed the Lakes and Desert courses, respectively.

Desert Canyon also features a par-70 Championship Putting Course with natural grass fairways and rough. With water, sand and other hazards coming into play, this is a great family activity in which the non-golfer to the expert can have fun.

The course was purchased in December 2007 by Homestead Northwest Inc., which also owns 47 acres of property at the site with a hotel and condos. Renovations are under way on many of the course amenities, including the full-service restaurant, and Homestead plans to build a new waterpark and indoor pool and slides near the lodge.

 

Signature hole

Golf Digest ranked hole six at Desert Canyon as the seventh best par 5 in the nation in its March 1999 issue. With the hole measuring 679 yards from the Black Tees and more than 300 feet in elevation drop from tee to green, not only is it one of the longest in the nation, but definitely one of the most spectacular.

 

Scorecard summary

Tees

Par

Yards

Rating

Slope

Black 72 7,285 75.63 138
Blue 72 6,766 73.2 135
White (M) 72 6,144 70.1 127
White (W) 72 6,144 75.9 137
Lilac 72 5,553 72.4 128
Gold 72 5,200 70.2 123

 

Survival guide

Dress code: resort style; no metal spikes; club rentals; no caddies; unlighted driving range; putting green, sand, chipping area; lessons available. Accommodations now on site.

 

Golf pro: Robbi Beckstead

 

Rates (All rates include golf cart.)

18 holes

Twilight

Monday – Thursday $55 $39
Friday – Sunday $79 $55

 

The 19th hole

Call for up-to-date information.

 

Highlander Golf Club

2920 Eighth St. S.E., East Wenatchee

Public 18 holes

Season: Year-round

Tee times: 509-884-4653

www.highlandergolfclub.com

 

About the course

Enjoy the characteristics of Scottish links-style golf — rolling hills, open fairways and greens, traditional pot bunkers and islands of strategically placed fescue. Highlander Golf Club is perched on an east-facing bluff nearly a thousand feet above the Columbia River offering staggering views, open vistas and challenges to golfers of every ability.

The course, which opened in August 2002, was designed by John Steidel, architect for Canyon Lakes, Apple Tree and Eaglemont. James Haley of Chicago’s Highland Golf Services, the shaper for Bandon Dunes, shaped the course and directed construction. The course is owned by Wenatchee Golf Developers.

 

Signature hole

The ninth hole requires a 185-yard shot from the back tee over a 350-foot ravine that lands on a large sloping green. This hole requires an accurate tee shot as the green is flanked by pot bunkers — one to the left, which is about 15 feet deep, and one directly in front of the green. If the shot is short or to the left, the ball disappears into the ravine.

 

 

Scorecard summary

 

Tees

Par

Yards

Rating

Slope

Men

Black 72 6,555 70.9 125
  White 72 5,947 119 68.7

Women

White 72 5,947 75.1 129
  Gold 72 4,991 69.5 117

 

Survival guide

Dress code: Collared shirts for men, appropriate golf attire for women; soft spikes only; driving range; putting green and chipping green. A Tudor-style clubhouse sits at the entrance of the course with golf equipment, accessories and logo attire.

 

Golf pro: John Christensen

 

Rates (All rates include golf cart.)

18 holes

9 holes

Regular

Mon.-Thurs. $55 $29
  Fri.-Sun. $61 $32

Local discount rates
(Residents of Chelan or Douglas County)

Mon.-Thurs. $41.50 $23.50
  Fri.-Sun. $47.50 $27

Junior rates

Mon.-Thurs. $22.50 $15.50
  Fri.-Sun. $28 $21

Tournament rates
20 or more — includes cart and range balls

Mon.-Thurs. $44  
  Fri.-Sun. $49  

 

The 19th hole

The clubhouse features beautiful views of the Wenatchee Valley, Columbia River and the ninth hole. The restaurant features fine wines and an assortment of domestic, imports and microbrews as well as a full-service bar.

 

Kahler Glen Golf and Ski Resort

20700 Clubhouse Drive, Leavenworth

Resort 18 holes

Season: April – October

Tee times: 509-763-4025

www.kahlerglen.com

 

About the course

This scenic mountain course opened nine holes in 1989 and became 18 holes in 1995, along with the addition of the pro shop and restaurant. The fairways are tight, and most are tree-lined, demanding accuracy and sound course management. Water hazards come into play on six holes, and sand bunkers are sprinkled throughout. The bentgrass greens are mostly small, with subtle and deceptive breaks.

Kahler Glen is a resort course open to the public and accepts tee times up to 90 days in advance. Groups and tournaments are welcome and can secure tee times up to a year in advance. The area surrounding the resort also has tennis, basketball, horseback riding, water skiing, water rafting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and beachfront at nearby Lake Wenatchee State Park.

 

Signature hole

Kahler Glen’s fourth hole is a 500-yard par 5 with a double dogleg. The second shot is to a narrow fairway left of the green with a pond bordering the fairway and the front of the green. Feel daring? Try a straight shot over the water hazard or wait until your third shot.

 

 

Scorecard summary

 

Tees

Par

Yards

Rating

Slope

Men

Blue 70 5,893 68.5 122
  White 70 5,579 67.1 118
  Red 70 4,737 67 110

Women

Blue 70 5,893 73 129
  White 70 5,579 71.9 126
  Red 70 4,737 67.3 116

 

Survival guide

Dress code: Collared shirts, no cut-offs, soft spikes or tennis shoes. Club rentals; no caddies; aqua driving range; putting green; pro shop opens at 7 a.m. during peak season.

 

Golf pro: Joe Turner

 

Rates (Prices do not include sales tax)

18 holes

9 holes

Weekend $40 $28
Weekday $29 $22
Golf car fee/person $15 $9
Club rental $22 $14

 

Season passes, punch cards, twilight rates, junior rates available. All major credit cards accepted.

 

The 19th hole

Restaurant and lounge.

 

Leavenworth Golf Club

9101 Icicle Road, Leavenworth

Semi-private 18 holes

Season: April – October

Tee times: 509-548-7267

www.leavenworthgolf.com

 

About the course

This scenic course, started in 1927 is located alongside the Icicle River. It is surrounded by mountains and is full of wildlife. The course is short enough to be enjoyed by all players and narrow enough to challenge the best of players. The course has narrow fairways, small greens of bentgrass and water coming into play. The sight of deer, eagles, osprey and even bear are not uncommon.

The facility is a semi-private club, with the public welcomed every day. As can well be imagined, the course is busy during the summer. Reservations are made two weeks in advance of the day you want to play. Call for tee times. Local hotels have discount coupons for play available. Twilight rates also are offered.

The golf course is expecting to open April 8 this year, depending on how fast the snow melts. The club is taking applications for membership. Membership rates (annual dues) are $594 for an individual or $891, with a one-time joining fee of $500 plus tax.

 

Signature hole

The sixth hole is simply beautiful, allowing golfers to appreciate the game no matter their score. The river runs down the right side with the fairway sloping toward the river.

 

Scorecard summary

Tees

Par

Yards

Rating

Slope

White 71 5,699 66.7 111
Red 71 5,316 69.3 113

 

Survival guide

Dress code: no tank-tops, halter tops, cutoffs, bathing suits or short shorts; no metal spikes; no caddies; driving range; sand, chipping area; pro shop opens at 6 a.m.

 

Golf pros: Jim Van Tuyl, Ed Paine

 

Rates (subject to change)
Call for most up-to-date information

18 holes

9 holes

Weekend $37 Ask for rate
Weekday $23 Ask for rate
Cart rental (gas) $26 $13
Club rental $15 $10

 

10-round punch cards are available. Twilight rates for afternoon play. Visa, Mastercard accepted.

 

The 19th hole

The Leavenworth Golf Club Grill is a full-service restaurant, with beer, wine and spirits, open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven-days-a-week year-round. The restaurant will be open later during the summer months. The LCG Grill also provides beverage and snack cart service on the course.

 

Lake Chelan Golf Course

1501 Golf Course Road, Chelan

Public 18 holes

Season: March 1 – Nov. 15

Tee times: 509-682-8026

www.lakechelangolf.com

 

About the course

This beautiful course offers views of Lake Chelan and the Cascade Mountains. The 10th hole is a 406-yard, par-4 requiring a shot over a canyon. The greens are fast, and the fairways are lined with willows, olive and coniferous trees.

 

Signature hole

The third hole, a 400-yard par 4, is the most difficult, featuring a dogleg right fairway and requiring an uphill approach shot to a small elevated green.

 

Scorecard summary

Tees

Par

Yards

Rating

Slope

Championship 72 6,430 70.6 121
White 72 6,152 69.2 118
Red 72 5,501 70.9 116

 

Survival guide

Dress code: appropriate footwear is required. No tank-tops, halter tops, bathing suit tops or “cropped” shirts; club rentals; no caddies; unlighted driving range; putting green, sand, chipping area; pro shop opens 6 a.m.

 

Golf pro: Jim Oscarson; Mark Lawrence (assistant pro)

 

Rates (subject to change)

18 holes

9 holes

Before Memorial Day, after Labor Day $33 $21
Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day $37 $22
Cart fee (gas) $26 $14
Pull cart fee $3 $4

 

Senior and junior discounts; twilight discounts available Monday through Thursday after 2 p.m.; other discount packages also available. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

 

The 19th hole

Beverage cart, snack bar and restaurant. Beer, wine and spirits.

 

Three Lakes Golf Club

2695 Golf Drive, Malaga

Public 18 holes

Season: Year-round

Tee times: 509-663-5448

www.threelakesgolf.com

 

About the course

Located on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Three Lakes, which was established in 1952, is nestled into the Cascade foothills and overlooks the Columbia River. The course features medium-sized undulating greens of bentgrass to test the short game of all golfers. The fairways are wide, but lined with trees to catch the errant shots. Three Lakes also has a water hazard that comes into play on several holes.

Information about Three Lakes is online, at www.threelakesgolf.com, with a history of the course, tournament schedules, pro shop specials, golf tips and more.

In the past couple of years, Three Lakes has remodeled its driving range, turning it around to allow golfers to hit off the grass. Bunkers are filled with a soft white silica sand to reiterate the meaning of the word bunker.

Three Lakes offers full-season and half-season memberships. Half-season memberships are from Jan. 1 to June 30, and second-half memberships are July 1 through Dec. 30. The best thing about the membership program is there is no waiting list. Season tickets are available now. For those who may only play 10 times a year, the course offers a nine-hole and 18-hole punch card at a discounted rate.

 

Signature hole

Hole seven is a 150-yard, par 3, which requires a tee shot from off a slightly elevated tee box over a treacherous valley to a target green surrounded by sand bunkers. This hole is highlighted by the beautiful Columbia River in the background, but gawking at the view could mean you will miss your shot. Then you’ll scramble down the canyon into the rough before you make it up the other side.

 

Scorecard summary

Tees

Par

Yards

Rating

Slope

Men 69 5,362 65.1 113
Ladies 72 5,202 68.4 120

 

Survival guide

Dress code: appropriate golf attire required; no metal spikes; club rentals; driving range, putting green, sand, chipping area; pro-shop opens at 6 a.m.

 

Golf pro: Pat Welch

 

Rates

18 holes

9 holes

Weekend $29 $18
Weekday $24 $14
Junior Weekend $17 $13
Junior Weekday $11 $8
Cart Fee (Gas) $27 $15
Club rental $10 $7
Trail fee $15 $15

Season and half-season pass available for singles, couples, families, kids and juniors. Cart leases also available. Visa, Mastercard accepted.

 

The 19th hole

Beverage cart, snack bar, restaurant (orders to go), lounge (beer and wine only) and catering. Call 662-4117 for information.

 

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