The Cedars at Dungeness
1965 Woodcock Road
Sequim, WA 98382
Course Review Date – 10/08/2011
Course Reviewer – Sean Charlton
This weekend I decided to take Sonny Sixkiller’s advice and head out to The Cedars at Dungeness. My father-in-law and I dropped the wives off at the 7 Cedars casino and headed the 9 miles into Sequim for a nice Saturday morning round. The course had just punched their greens the week before, unbeknownst to us, so the gentlemen working the proshop only charged us 45 bucks each for 18, cart and a bucket of range balls (about $18 off each, which more than covered our ferry ride in). We took our fully enclosed cart, equipped with GPS, down to the driving range just behind the proshop and Stymie’s bar and grill to hit a few off their mats. It looks as if they offer grass tees at other times during the year, but not today.
The course itself looks fairly open yet lined with trees. From the tips, some of the holes tend to be quite narrow and accurate tee shots are a must. 6600 yards with a 125 slope from the back seemed pretty reasonable for most golfers, however the white tees make this course playable for any and all skill levels. Tee shot selection is key to conquering this course. 6 of the par 4’s were under 400 yards (all 10 from the white tees) so whipping out your driver and pumping one down the middle is an option, but not the best option for most. Several of the trees lining the fairways come into play with any tee shot just a bit too long and/or off target. This is a great course to take advantage of accurate long iron shots off the tee, with 150 and under approach shots into the green.
All of the par 3’s are very ‘parable’, even the 194 yard 17th. The par 5’s are long, reachable in 3 for a birdie put, and fun holes to play with gorgeous rolling fairways with no blind shots (that goes for the par 4’s as well). Well placed sand traps to test your accuracy, water in play on 9 and 17, and a bit of forgiveness on most holes as the adjacent holes allow you to pop an arrant shot back onto the proper fairway. Watch out for trees, more importantly landing behind a tree as I did on occasion as that will add one more shot to your score having to get out from under the branches.
After my round I wanted to head back out for another 9. Having the cart made the journey around the course very easy, but with very little elevation changes, an easy course to walk. I will definitely be going back to play this course again, hopefully when the greens are in better shape and the sun will be out. I found it very well kept, challenging but not ridiculously difficult, and just a fun round of golf.
Golfchops.com rating: 17/25
Customer Service: 4
Condition of Greens: 2
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 4
– The gentlemen in the proshop was extremely friendly and offered us a substantial discount on our round, since the greens had just been punched earlier that week, plus threw in a bucket of balls. Small snack stand between 1 and 10 was a nice to have and the restaurant was also just above the proshop.
– No beverage cart on the course, at least not when we were there, was a bit disappointing.
– Fully enclosed carts with GPS was a nice touch, however they seemed a little smaller than normal
– Greens were just punched but coming back nicely. They looked fantastic other than the aeration but tough to give a good rating here.
– Tee boxes and fairways all looked fantastic. No divots or uneven terrain at the tees, fairways all looked well kept and free of damage, brown spots, divots, etc.
– Peak season weekend rate of $44 plus $16 for a cart isn’t all that bad but you have to add in the ferry ride (11.50 each way plus 7.50 per addl passenger) and the hour drive from Kingston.
Pictures of The Cedars at Dungeness