Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club


Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club
3583 Southwest 320th Street
Federal Way, WA 98023

Course Review Date: 05/20/2012 (Pictures Below)
Course Reviewer: Ian Favre

Honestly there is just no reason not to love private country club golf.  The playing conditions are typically better, the greens are usually very well manicured, the pace of play is solid and the guy playing out of your fairway isn’t wearing leather sandals and a Carthartt hat.  Actually, I take that back, I love ‘strappy sandal guy’ on the golf course…he provides me with a tremendous amount of writing material that you just can’t get anywhere else.  I digress…excuse me.  My first experience in the golf world at all was taking a job at the country club across the street from my apartment, Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way at the ripe old age of 14.  Picking the driving range, washing member’s clubs and just being a general pro shop lacky was my apparent calling card at 14 years old.  Cool part about that gig was learning to play the game….or swing the club at least.

Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club sits in the heart of what I would call “Old School Fed Way,” in the middle of the Twin Lakes neighborhood.  It’s a golf facility that minus some renovation to the club house and pro shop, seems unchanged through all the years.  It’s old school golf out here too where course management and approach shots become vital to your success.  A bomber without any tactical skill on the course can easily be taken to the woodshed.  Playing at only 6221 from the tips, many of the holes allow you to hit driver, but don’t require it at all.  Minus the par fives, a fairly accurate player can get away with playing hybrid or 5 wood off the tee box all day long.

Without being gimmicky at all, Twin Lakes presents challenges from tee to green on nearly every hole with a few design elements.  First and foremost is narrowness.  There’s not a lot of room to spray it around and survive without a severely blemished scorecard.  There is a bit of room offered to the right, specifically on the front 9, however tree and house lined fairways will challenge you on every tee box.  Some additional challenges on the front 9 such as a water carry par 3 on hole number 3, and a nasty ravine on the 205 yard, par 3, 8th will really test your resolve.  I’m not going to lie, I made triple on that pig.  Your second design element out at Twin Lakes is going to be doglegs, the majority of them to the right if I remember correctly.  Nothing too severe, well….18 is a pretty wicked 90 degree turn, but if you can hit the power cut you should have a lot of fun on those holes.

Last and certainly not least Twin Lakes has some slick greens with a good slope to them.  Depending on pin placement and approach shot placement these greens can really set you up for a long day.  There’s a true home course advantage out there by knowing the contour of the greens and how each hole will play depending on the pin placement.  After a couple great approach shots on #9, one of my playing partners and I eyed a couple 12 footers that looked like we were putting down the Grand Canyon.  Our gracious host just stood and giggle as we both lined them up.  His went 20 feet past, mine about 22 feet past.  No chance.  Damn near a 4 putt.  Number 9 was easily the most severely slopped green, but there’s some break out there for sure and some speed to go along with it.  Down hill putts with some slope were no joke at all.

Great place for a round of golf.  Solid greens, cool course design, well maintained and reasonably priced.

Many thanks to my good friend and AVID golfchops.com follower Rick for having us out to play.  Nice front 9 bro :) Barley pops are on me next time.

Golfchops.com Rating:  22/25
Customer service: 5
Condition of greens: 5
Perceived maintenance level of course: 4
Value: 4
Amenities: 4

Rating Notes:
– Everyone we encountered was friendly and welcoming, membership included.  New head pro a very welcome sight.
– Nails…a bit of spotting but they played perfect.  I was impressed.  Wish I appreciated it more as a kid when I worked there :)
– Course looked to be in really good shape.  Cart paths could use some work, and the range…well…I’ll take a pass.
– $47 for a guest walking, on Sunday at a private club, not bad at all.  I would give them a 5 if it included the cart.
– It’s one downfall is a driving range way to far away from the first tee.  Club house is great, very good putting green and warm up area by the first tee.

Pictures of Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club

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