Semiahmoo Golf Course
8720 Semiahmoo Parkway
Course Review Date: 03.11.2011 – Pictures Below
Course Reviewer: Ian
Designed by Arnold Palmer, Semiahmoo Golf Course is one of the two 18 hole championship caliber courses that make up Semiahmoo Resort and Golf Club. Loomis Trail Golf Course being the other 18 can be viewed here (Review on Loomis in progress). Semiahmoo is a golf course that has recieved a lot of praise and awards over the years. #7 public course in Washington State, 2010, Golfweek; #3 public course in Washington, 2005, Golf Digest; 50 Best Courses for Women in US, 2005, Golf for Women Magazine, etc. Coming in at 7005 yards from the tips, Semiahmoo offers a significant challenge to those who brave the back tees, but 4 different sets of men’s tee’s and 2 sets of women tee’s make it a playable track for a variety of skill levels. Given the significant amount of rain the course had recieved and the howling winds Blaine, Washington was sharing with us, we decided to dial it in from the white tee’s at 6003 yards.
Sometimes its tough for us to review a course for the first time in the middle of Seattle winter, especially one as heralded as this. You want to see the ball roll out, the fairways and rough in prestine shape, and the greens rolling quick and true. Regardless of the weather it’s pretty obvious that this is a quality track. The fairways, while murky in many spots look great for winter and the rough is still thick and very challenging. This will be no surprise but it was a plug fest out there. Hitting a drive in play only to lose the ball due to a severe plug can be disheartening. How do you score it? Do you beat your self up, mark lost ball and take a penalty? Ugh. Winter golf in the Northwest can be a menance.
While very playable distance wise, some moisture and wind made the course extremely challenging. Of the 10 par 4’s at Semiahmoo, 8 of them play between 346 yards to 377 yards (from the white tee’s). Throw in those conditions we mentioned before and bogey never looked better. It was one of those rounds where towards the end you look at your playing parters and ask if you have been in a head wind the whole day. I failed to write down hole specifics, but there were some exceptionally well designed golf holes out there. In the summer it should play as a “thinkers” course where driver might not be the play regardless of distance. In our case, those par 4’s played so long in the wind we didn’t have much choice but to grip it and rip it….or in my case, grip it and spray it right all day 🙂 Great golf course, hard as hell in wind and rain, and an excellent value at $45 for prime time rate.
Golfchops.com rating: 21/25
Customer Service: 4
Condition of Greens: 4
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 4.5
– Staff was very friendly and arranged for us to play Loomis Trail which was private that day. Much appreciated.
– Greens were excellent for winter golf in Western Washington. Very impressed.
– Course was murky but is excellent shape. Manicured well, and appeared to have a low number of rounds played on it.
– $45 for golf of this quality was great. $35 replay rate could be better, but again considering the track this is a good price.
– Driving range had a million flags to shoot at. Excellent putting green and warm up facilities in general. Nice bar for a beer at the turn.