13204 Country Club Drive Southwest
Lakewood, WA 98498
Course Review Date – 7/12/2010
Course Reviewer: Ian
* editors note added to bottom 6/24/2011
The golfchops team had the fortune of playing Tacoma Country & Golf Club, the oldest private club west of the Mississippi River. The course itself is over 100 years old and it really plays with an old world golf kind of feel to it. This place looked exclusively private and unknowns like us turned heads just because we were not familiar faces. At one point we swear we saw Judge Smails in the clubhouse trying on a hat so ugly it ought to come with a free bowl of soup (for Caddyshack fans). Regardless of that, everyone we met there was very friendly and accommodating. We even came across NFL quarterback Jon Kitna who was playing a few groups ahead of us. If you’re wondering, he pulled his tee shot left into the trees both times we watched.
Tacoma CC is just so well maintained and manicured everywhere you go. The driving range is beautiful with perfect grass tees, tons of flags and targets to hit at and an unlimited amount of balls to hit. The putting green while top dressed with sand was rolling very well and very quick. The golfchops PGA professional Matt Favre quipped that, “it’s rolling at 10 ½ on the stimp even with the sand.” After a pleasant check in at the front desk, some range balls, and a few putts we were ready to tackle this course.
Walking the first fairway you immediately notice how amazing the fairways are. Unreal! They are in perfect condition and at times we had to remind ourselves that we are on fairways and not standing on the green. The old growth oak trees on the course are beautiful and on occasion placed in areas that really made you think about the approach shot you were about to hit. The par 3, 6th hole is a great example of this where the greenside bunker on the left has a 100 year old oak tree coming out of it. TCC is not going to kill you with length at 6686 from the black tees (we played blues 6500), but you have to be precise to score. All of the par 5’s are reachable in two and many of the par 4’s are in the range where 4 iron or hybrid will set up much better than driver.
The greens were a thing of beauty. They were all top dressed with sand and still rolled dead true and as quick as we have seen all summer. These are the kind of greens you hope for whenever you go out for a round at a club you have never played at. We want to buy the greens keeper a beer and say, “job well done sir!” The combination of great greens, excellent all around course conditions, and a great practice facility make TCC a delight to
spend an afternoon at. Now about that $50k membership initiation fee….do you take a check?
* editors note – The kind folks at Victoria Golf & CC in Victoria, BC have advised us my comment about Tacoma being oldest private club west of the Mississippi is incorrect as they have them beat by a couple years. Sounds like a friendly rivalry to me 🙂
Golfchops.com rating: 23/25
Customer Service: 4.5
Condition of Greens: 5
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 5
– Everyone we encountered staff wise was very friendly.
– I think we drooled enough over the greens at this point but in case you weren’t sure, we’re in love.
– The course and all the grounds were spotless. Tip top shape all around.
– Value is a bit tricky since this place is private but we believe the guest greens fees are around $125. Considering the practice facility and quality of the course this price isn’t too bad.
– Great putting green, excellent chipping area, and an immaculate driving range. The only thing missing was cart girl…golf without PBR can be taxing