Gleneagle Golf Course
7619 East Country Club Drive
Arlington, WA 98223
Course Review Date: 05/11/2013
Course Reviewer: Ian Favre
In our previous couple reviews of Gleneagle Golf Course we honestly could not have been more impressed with every aspect of the facility. From staff, to course maintenance, to the conditions of the putting surfaces, we were all pretty blown away with our experiences there. Our most recent adventure up to Gleneagle did nothing but reaffirm all the positive statements we had already made about this place. To avoid the redundancy of gushing over this place as I did in our last review, I’ll just provide the highlights from our visit last weekend.
1. I brought one of our writers up there for the first time and his first statement was “Holy <profanity>, you were not kidding about this putting green.”
2. $35 for greens fee, cart, dog and a beer? Find me a better deal for golf in Western Washington I dare you.
3. As last time, the greens were immaculate and rolling at a perfect 9.5. I am buying this green keeper a Christmas card this year.
4. Cart girl comes around WAY to often and her mission of making sure we had beer in hand at all times caused the scorecard to go out the window on the back 9. Which leads to my next statement….
5. This might be the toughest 5850 yards you can play. Ego says under 6k yards from the tips? No problem….then the course punches you in the mouth.
6. Course marshal out delivering water, for free, to the players because it was so stinking muggy. Well played Gleneagle.
7. I won’t do it, but I wouldn’t fault anyone for laying up on the par 3, 3rd. That is one tough par 3. Matter a fact, all the par 3′s are nail bitters.
8. Golf course is in such amazing condition and price is so good, we’re bagging reviewing a different course this weekend and heading back up to Gleneagle.
Gleneagle is in better condition and has greens twice as good as golf courses in our area charging double or triple the greens fees. I’ve got no bias or reason to heap such praise on this place except for the fact that it’s 100% true and they’ve earned it. If I could move this golf course 20 minutes from my house I would play there 4 times a week. Looking forward to heading up again this Saturday and avoiding the refreshment cart.
Picture 1 - A look from the 10th tee box at Gleneagle. A solid par 4 that offers one of the rare wide open landing areas for your tee shot. Your approach requires tactical precision to a very narrow, but large green that is protected by water left and a bunker long. One of my favorite holes on the golf course.
Picture 2 - Just like our last visit, the putting green looked like a picture out of Golf Digest. When I dream about having a putting green in my back yard, this is what I dream about. Find an imperfection, I dare you.
Picture 3 - Random proshop pic.
Golfchops.com Score: 25/25
Customer Service: 5
Condition of Greens: 5
“Perceived” Maintenance Level of Course: 5
- Once again a super friendly and accommodating staff. Marshal passing out water on the course was a great touch.
- Perfect. No other words needed. Their greens are perfect.
- Just like last time maintenance is excellent, with more improvements being made. Crews were out all day making the place even better.
- $35 for greens fee, cart, dog and a beer? You must be joking…best deal in Western Washington golf.
- Putting green simply perfection, grass tee driving range, non-stop cart service, good marshaling. Outstanding once again in all areas.
Course Review Date: 11/9/2012
Course Reviewer: Ian Favre
Without debate, we have really been stealing one this fall. A limited amount of rain and a lot of unusual sunshine has given us amazing course conditions, and specifically greens conditions that frankly are just not used to for this time of year. Over the past 2 months or so of writing about courses, we haven’t had a single one come across our radar where the greens were in anything but exceptional shape. Gotta make a Northwest golfer smile huh? Sticking with the theme of unexpected treats we decided to head to Arlington for a return visit to Gleneagle golf course. Gleneagle is solid track, but that caught us off guard last April by how excellent their course conditions were.
Quick little back story on what I had previously known/heard about Gleneagle. I had never heard anything good, specifically about the conditions on the golf course. Greens were terrible, course could best be described as “frumpy” and the management at the time seemed to care less about getting the golf course into shape. Now I can’t confirm that because I hadn’t played there, but this is what I heard from players.
During our visit to Gleneagle in April we found exactly the opposite of what the rumors had told us. A very friendly and accommodating staff, a very well maintained golf course that featured some really tough par 3′s for such a short track and very good putting surfaces. Couple all that with a $30 Groupon that provided golf for two with lunch and we were pretty darn sold on this place being excellent. A return visit was a no brainer, especially having that Groupon again (thanks Lisa). If you see this $30 Groupon for Gleneagle, buy it immediately. Wife, that was a message for you as much as it was for our readers.
Last April when we played Gleneagle it was soaked with months of continuous rains so, while it played fine, it still played soaking wet. Our return visit gave us a much better opportunity to enjoy close to dry conditions and assess how far this place has come. Even more than the first visit we were beyond impressed with how great of shape the entire golf course was in. The GM, Mike Simpson had told us his greens were in great condition before we tee’d off and after a few holes we all agreed that he couldn’t have understated that more. His greens were in remarkable condition. Is this really Western Washington in November? Can’t be….Not only were all 18 greens great, but their putting green has to be the healthiest, nicest, best rolling putting green I’ve ever seen. I’ll be the first to admit that we are total golf nerds and were straight geeking out about this putting green.
Picture 1 - The previously mentioned amazing putting green at Gleneagle. I’ve played courses in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Nevada and this is the best putting green I’ve ever rolled the ball on. I’d drive 40 minutes up there just to practice putting here. Crazy.
Picture 2 - Snapshot from the first teebox. Get used to this theme when you’re at Gleneagle because she plays tight and winds through a heavy residential neighborhood. I was pretty surprised that between the three of us, none of us had a house blasting out there. We certainly had our chances, but managed to only find a couple backyards…..I think.
Picture 3 - Rolling putts on one of the amazingly well-kept greens at Gleneagle. Amazing how the right group of people can take a golf course that most have scoffed at and turn it into this. I’d be happy play here anytime.
Additional Course Comments:
Don’t take this golf course lightly just because it only plays 5850 from the tips (green tees). From the green tees it rates at 75.5 with a 140 slope. You don’t see courses with 140 slopes very often, Chamber’s slopes at 142 from the tips and that’s at 7600 yards as an fyi. The par 3′s here all play really tough with 3rd hole playing at 220 yards with a really tough water feature eating anything that leaks to the right. Not often the thought of laying up crosses your mind on the tee box of a par 3. The other par 3 that is just tough as nails is the 16th. 183 yards, narrow as a toothpick with bunkers and sticker bushes chewing up anything that misses. This hole makes you feel like you are playing in a tunnel. If you can make pars on the par 3′s at Gleneagle you are having a great day.
Golfchops.com Score: 25/25
Customer Service: 5
Condition of Greens: 5
“Perceived” Maintenance Level of Course: 5
- Friendly and accommodating just like the last time we were there. Even the grounds crew out working was friendly.
- Wow, your greens are nothing short of incredible. Well done Gleneagle.
- Great course maintenance. There’s one bunker out there that is g.u.r but tee boxes, fairways and hazards were all in great shape.
- $23 greens fee on a Friday, nothing wrong with that at all. Groupon is a screaming deal and I suggest you buy it the moment you see it.
- Awesome putting green, driving range and a great restaurant/bar that has .99 cent pints of Bud Light during Hawks games. Jackpot.
Yeah, first perfect score I’ve ever given to your run of the mill neighborhood course. They are really doing an amazing job at this place. My compliments to the chef.
It sure does get old watching the pro’s playing in beautiful 80 degree weather week in and week out doesn’t it? As I’m watching this fairly boring edition of the Shell Houston Open I can on day-dream about what a drive will look like when it rolls out; what it feels like to hit a wedge out of dry, dare I even say fluffy sand. My day-dream is quickly crushed when I realize the noise I keep hearing in the background is rain hitting inside my chimney and echoing about the condo. How fricking hard does it have to rain for me to hear it in my chimney? The dog days of a winter that feel far from over I guess. Well, this is going to either take some bravery or downright stupidity, but I am playing golf the next day even if I need an arc to get to the course.
In reality its free golf, which I’ve turned down about as many times as I’ve said no to a free pint. Really, who says no to free golf? Through a Living Social deal that was expiring on Monday (thank you Sean Charlton) JR and I found our way to a frighteningly cold, 7:30am tee time at Gleneagle Golf Course, a place I honestly didn’t know much about. All I had even heard about this golf course was from a Golfchops Facebook follower (shameless plug to follow-up on FB people) who said we had to get out and try this joint out. Yes, we certainly did, and why not try out a golf course for the first time after its rained unmercifully for 12 straight day I ask you. Checked in by very pleasant gentleman in the club house and shown the way to the first tee, away we went on a our sloppy little adventure.
Gleneagle is an extremely residential golf course that is lined by homes on just about every side of every hole. Very close to the playing area I might add. I’d be a little shocked if any amateur foursome went through this golf course without delivering at least one wake up ball to someones roof or siding. There’s just so many houses that it’s basically inevitable. If you have ever played Twin Lakes G&CC in Federal Way it’s very much like that, except the house are tighter to the golf course at Gleneagle. Tricky little joint too when you look at the score card and see just about 6000 yards from the tips. That’s not exactly an intimidating distance, but I guess in this weather everything is going to feel like it has an extra 2000 yards on it.
Only 6000 yards, yet all four of the par 3′s are 195 yards or higher….huh? Make sense of that one….Here’s the meat of what you can expect out there. For starters, it’s an excellent design. We both really liked the course and can’t wait to play it when its dry….someday. That said, this is one narrow sucker. Really narrow. If you are not driving the ball straight, very straight, you are in the someones back yard, a water hazard or the bush. Bring a lot of balls. You’re going to need them. One thing that I wasn’t much of a fan of is that great shots off the tee are not rewarded at all. I had an excellent day out there with the driver yet I had a slide hill, uphill, any thing but flat approach shot to the green all the time. The course has a tremendous amount of undulation on the fairways and leaves you playing the ball above and below your feet all day.
The kicker to those tough fairway lies is that every green has a lot of protection to it. I remember standing on one of the tee boxes on the back 9 and asking JR if every hole we have played had water left and a bunker right. Just about is the basic answer. There’s a lot of water, there a lot of bunker protection and its narrow. Whew…Of the more challenging holes out there, the extremely narrow 185 yard par, 3 16th hole really stands out. The scorecard has this as the #16 handicap hole and that is the biggest farce I have ever seen. It was playing about 195, tight housing and trees left, trees and bush right, plus a nasty waste area to gather anything that is topped or comes up short of the green. A downright filthy mean golf hole. I loved it.
Summary: Can’t believe I am just finding this place! It was excellent. In doing some research on their website, it looks like they have done a lot of course improvements and maintenance on it in the past year. Good for them for finding someone who can take care of this place. An excellent little neighborhood track with a $25 greens fee? We are so in.
Golfchops.com Score: 22/25
Customer Service: 4
Condition of Greens: 4
“Perceived” Maintenance Level of Course: 4
- Very friendly staff from check in to restaurant service. Welcoming comfortable environment.
- Surprisingly some of the best greens we have seen all winter. Ball rolled great and even with some pace after heavy rains.
- Pretty tidy out there. Tee boxes looked really good and hazards are well maintained.
- Ummm… $25 in April, for solid conditions and a good track? Yeah, we like.
- Cart service on the course, been a while since we have seen that. Excellent restaurant and bar, with separate hot dog/snack area. Good sized driving range and a putting green with a little water hazard on the side. Impressed.
This is a look back from the green to the teebox on that very narrow, long par 3 I mentioned. That look like the 3rd easiest hole on the golf course to you?
Approach shot to 18.