Tahoma Valley Country Club


15425 Mosman St Sw
Yelm, WA  98597
(360) 458-3332

Course Review Date – 9/4/2010 (Pictures Below)
Course Reviewer – Sean Charlton

For all the South-enders out there looking for a fun round of golf off the beaten path, Tahoma Valley Golf and Country Club is a great spot.  Now, don’t let the name fool you, I wouldn’t consider this a ‘Country Club’ in the price or appearance.  Although according to a couple golfers I talked to who are regulars at the place, the improvements made over the past few years would seem like a country club by comparison.  Apparently the former ‘pro-shop’ was little more than a shack that looked like it could be knocked over with a strong tee shot.

The Pro-Shop now, is quite nice with everything you would expect to see at any ‘nicer’ golf course.  Balls, gloves, clothing, clubs, etc…  Staff was very friendly and happy to assist.  My round at 12:30 on a Saturday was only 25 bucks, quite a deal.  I’ve paid more for much less of a course.

Like other lesser expensive courses, Tahoma offers very little rough, tree lined adjacent holes, and plenty of open space to offer up a fairly stress free round.  For the most part, this course is pretty flat and straight.  I didn’t even come close to losing a ball.  The fairways are well marked with each sprinkler head showing yardage to add to the 150 and 100 yard poles.  I was a little frustrated with the lack of ball washers; I think I only counted 4 or 5.  I don’t like playing with dirty balls…

The greens were pretty quick and pretty well taken care of, just a little dry but to be expected this time of year.  The tee boxes were the only part of the course I had issue with, very bumpy and hard to find a flat spot to tee off, but other wise I really enjoyed this course.  With a brand new driver and a swing that’s being worked on, this course offered much forgiveness to the ‘not so perfect’ shot.

After the turn, I popped into Clarks Bar and Grill, a full service restaurant at the course, for a little snack to keep me going through the back 9. Unfortunately, for me, it was more like a bar than a clubhouse snack shack.  They were able to dig a Gatorade out of the back for me and happened to have a Payday under the bar (I would have preferred a Snickers) but other than some apparently great food and a fully stocked bar, they had little selection of ‘quick’ snacks or food.

 

Golfchops.com rating: 16/25
Customer Service: 3
Condition of Greens: 3
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 3
Value: 4
Amenities: 3

Rating Notes:

– The customer service and amenities got knocked a little due to the fact that on a Saturday, there was no beverage service on the course.  There was also no where to get your traditional snacks you would find on most courses.  However if your usual golf course snack is beer, they have you covered.

– Greens rolled true and were very easy to read.  No crazy breaks or big drops.

– Fairways were mowed but that’s about it…  A few dry spots with dead or dying grass but nothing to be concerned with.  There were two par 3’s where splitting some trees and getting over a little bit of garbage to land on the green was necessary, but not too difficult.

– $25 bucks for a Saturday mid day greens fee is pretty cheap, $10 more bucks and you have a cart.  Twilight starts pretty early at 2pm and the price drops down to $14.

– It’s a long drive from the eastside but if you live down by Yelm, it’s quite a deal.

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