Lynnwood Golf Course


20200 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Course Review Date – 7/16/2012
Course Reviewer: Sean Charlton

Having a random Monday off and nothing to do, Lynnwood GC felt like the obvious and responsible choice to fill part of my day.  After a poor review last time, I was hoping the course would be in better shape.  Walking on around 10:30 with no issues or wait, I was paired with two other singles and off we went.  Expecting a slow round, which is the norm at Lynnwood, I finished in just under 4 ½ hours.  Not stellar for a short course, but better than the 5 ½ hour marathons I’ve suffered through before.

As per usual, the fairways looked fantastic, very green and lush.  They fertilize the heck out of this place and it shows.  The greens looked 10 times better than they did from my last review.  That being said, they were sloooooooooow.  Very thick, dense, long, and in spots a full day or two of growth.  Pretty sure they weren’t mowed that morning but with a chop and roll, these greens could be quite decent.

Finally got a chance to hit up the snack shack at the turn; Hot dogs at the ready, beers chilling, snacks a plenty, and a plethora of Gatorade.  All in all a decent round and with this course playing at a par 65, shooting in the 70’s is a possibility and definitely a confidence builder… just don’t tell your friends where you were when you shot that 74.

 

Golfchops.com rating: 12/25
Customer Service: 3
Condition of Greens: 3
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 3
Value: 2
Amenities: 1

Rating Notes:

– The Ricky Fowler lookalike in the pro shop was great and snuck me out before a big group was coming in.

–  Greens looked much better than last time, just needed a mow and roll.  The rest of the course was in great shape, only a few overly beat up portions of the tee boxes but still a place to tee off with no trouble.

– Putting green was in much better shape, and much faster, than the greens on the course… a little deceiving.  With no driving range, all my warm up time was spend putting, which helped me leave quite a few puts well short…

– $29 bucks for a mid-morning Monday round –  not terrible but I think they could do better.  For only a couple bucks more I could have played Willows, Cedarcrest, Legion, etc which are all par 72 with par 5’s and arguably much nicer courses…

Course Review Date: 10.23.2011
Course Reviewer: Sean Charlton

The forecast changed from rain to, well, not raining on Sunday, so I took my Dad out to Lynnwood for a quick 18.  I’ve always enjoyed the course conditions at Lynnwood as they usually take great pride in the look of their course.  That being said, I was a little disappointed it what I found on Sunday…

Off the first tee box, not having warmed up due to the lack of a driving range, I shanked one left into the trees and a subsequent double started my round.  As I approached the first green, I noticed that it looked both bumpy and a little fury.  My 25 footer bounced, turned, slowed and stopped in a manner I didn’t expect.  Perhaps just a fluke of a beat up green and I assumed that the rest of the course would be just fine.

Turns out, I was wrong. I have a friend that works in the proshop so after my round I asked when the greens were punched.  It was over 6 weeks ago and they were still having a hard time coming back.  Just about ALL the greens had the same bumpy/furry/inconsistent look and feel to them.   The tee boxes were almost just as beat up.  Lynnwood usually does a great job of mixing up their tee box marker placement, which maybe they’re still doing, but lots of divots, holes and broken tees told a different story.

On a positive note, the fairways were fairly dry and in great condition for the most part and clear of leaves and debris.  This time of the year leaves do fall and the ‘rough’ at Lynnwood is full of them.  Keep it on the fairway and you won’t have to be digging under leaves to find your ball.

*Editors note:  Pretty random that our last review of Lynnwood was almost exactly one year ago (see below) and we were commenting on how the greens were recovering well from being punched 3 weeks prior.  A year later and they are struggling after being punched 6 weeks ago.  Hmmm…

Golfchops.com rating: 10/25
Customer Service: 3
Condition of Greens: 2
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 2
Value: 2
Amenities: 1

Rating Notes:
–  I didn’t get checked by my friend, which was fine but on an empty course where we were given the option to play as a twosome, a 75 year old woman got tossed in as a third… needless to say, we were slowed down slightly.  At least she was friendly.
–  The snack shack, run by a third party, closed just in time for us to miss out on picking up anything at the turn – slightly irritating.
–  As I stated, the course has seen better days.
–  $34 bucks for 18 (with no par 5’s) on a Sunday at 2 – Really?

Course Review Date – 10/01/2010
Course Reviewer: Ian

Funny how you can have a certain distain for a golf course, then play it when you are just puring the ball and you don’t quite mind it as much.  I’ve never liked Lynnwood…it’s narrow, it’s short, there are no par 5’s and it slow as hell most of the time.  Not surprising I didn’t seem to mind it when i was rolling a few birdies in.  The greens at Lynnwood had been punched 3 weeks ago apparently and seemed to be mending well.  It certainly wasn’t a putting paradise but we managed out there.  Hole number 14 had the only green that is in really sad shape.  Again, as in other rounds at Lynnwood, the pace was extremely slow.  It should never take near 5 hours to complete 18 on a Par 66.  No course marshals do not help the cause.  We played as a two-some, behind a foursome that at no point thought “maybe we should let them play through.”  Hole number 2 tends to back up groups 3 deep on most days of summer play so beware.  It’s easily a 1 PBR wait for your turn on the tee box.  Then, after getting ice cold waiting, you need to hit a narrow 195 yard par 3.

Alas, I had a fun day at Lynnwood.  Maybe it was the good company or the way I was playing, but the usual stuff that drives me nuts about this golf course didn’t seem to bother me out there.

Golfchops.com rating: 13.5/25
Customer Service: 3
Condition of Greens: 2.5
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 3
Value: 2
Amenities: 3

Rating Notes:
 Staff is friendly enough.  Wish they had a course marshal to gripe at.
– Greens had been punched 3 weeks ago but were healing up pretty well.  As mentioned before, the green on 14 is a hot mess.
– Course looked ok, nothing special.
– Still think this place is overpriced.
– No driving range, but a good putting green and chipping area.

Course Review Date – 6/18/2010Squeaked in a Friday afternoon 18 at Lynnwood Municipal under that unfamiliar glowing orb in the sky. Not sure, but I hear in other parts of the country they call it the Sun, and it makes the game of golf that much more enjoyable. Moving on. Lynnwood Muni is a very short par 65 course that has no par 5’s. It was $30 on the nose for a Friday afternoon tee time which we think is a bit steep for a par 65. $25 seems much more appropriate. They don’t have a driving range to get warmed up but they do have a fairly nice putting green and a good chipping and bunker practice area. It’s a really good place to just go practice your short game.

As for the course itself it’s as narrow as they come. Obnoxiously narrow. Fades and draws are in the other fairways or the trees, usually the latter of the two. It’s a very frustrating place to play unless you are ultra-straight all day. On a sunny day, it has the ability to be the slowest course in the state as well. We were stacked up 3 deep on tee boxes multiple times and it took over 3 hours to finish the front 9. Yuck. Not much to say here really. It’s good for an afternoon sneak away from the office round, but that’s about it. On a weekend, there are much better options available.

Golfchops.com rating: 14/25
Customer Service: 3
Condition of Greens: 3
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 3
Value: 2
Amenities: 3

Rating Notes:
 Staff seemed nice enough, not much to report here.
– Greens were health, but slow. I think we’ll call it “muni slow.”
– Course looked ok, nothing special. (Sensing a theme here?)
– $30 for a Friday on a par 65 that isn’t very good…would rather play Ballinger for cheaper and get a much better variety of shots.
– Very good putting green and chipping area, but no range and no place to even take a warm up swing into a net.

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