The Home Course


The Home Course
2300 Hoffman Hill Blvd
DuPont, WA 98327

Course Review Date: 4/21/2013
Course Reviewer: Ian Favre

Random, just flat random.  While we haven’t been down to The Home Course  in quite a while, every time we have ever been there the conditions have always been nails and the pace of play very brisk.  I talked one of our writers, Victor, into the haul to Dupont with the promise of a couple things we haven’t seen in months in the Northwest, slick greens and dry conditions.  Well, I got 50% of the promise right, but whew I was way off on the other one.  We’ve written plenty of times before that the The Home Course is one of the only tracks around that plays well above average in really wet conditions (Chamber’s Bay being the other) and has really become one of our favorites for this reason.  As usual she played great today, but we certainly were not expecting the shag carpet greens we encountered today.  I’ve played here at least 10 times over the past few years and every time I’ve gone the greens have been pretty close to pool tables.  Today, not too far from putting on a bear skin rug.  Ok, I’m exaggerating…but still.  While totally off from their usual play, they did look extremely healthy and  I certainly don’t have a degree in agronomy to say I’m an expert.  I’m assuming they punched, sanded and are keeping them long so they stay in prime condition year round.  Assuming.

The other way out of left field thing we encountered today was really terrible pace of play.  Of all places, The Home Course, who once had a marshal bust our chops for pace of play in a driving rain storm when we were clocking in at 4 hours, 40 minutes.  The first 6 holes were pretty darn slow, but when we hit the turn things just went sideways.  We arrived on the 10th tee to find the foursome two groups in front of us just arriving at the tee box.  Stacked two deep we got to enjoy these big hitters playing from the dynamite tees at over 7400 yards…..and hence the course was at a crawl.  One group, playing from the wrong tees <insert sigh>.  When we walked off the 12th green we were clocked at 40 minutes behind pace.  In total, 5 hours and 10 minutes for a round at The Home Course.  Unreal.  Things suddenly opened up on 14 and we breezed through the last 5 holes to hit that 5:10 mark.

Not sure what it is with me and randomness at The Home Course, but regardless of the oddities I still believe it to be one of the better public tracks around and the association rate of $47 for such quality is always a screaming deal.  I also really love the bunker improvements they have made around the golf course.  The new bunkers and style of bunkering has added a cool linksish style and look to the course.  Plus they are way more difficult than before and you can easily find yourself playing out sideways if you get caught in one.  Pretty disappointed in the pace of play and the ultra slow greens, but I’m thinking it’s like going to your favorite restaurant and your food in randomly terrible.  It’s your favorite restaurant, you’re going back for sure and hoping the food is better the next time like you’ve come to expect.

Golfchops.com rating: 20/25
Customer Service: 2
Condition of Greens: 3
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 5
Value: 5
Amenities: 5

One day it’s great, one day it’s not.  Never know.  For as heavy as they have marshaled in the past, I was disappointed they couldn’t get one group moving.
– Slower than I’ve seen just about anywhere, ever, but they looked great.  Not reading into this one too much.  They will be awesome this summer.
– Maintenance is great as always and the new bunkering is excellent.
– Where else can you play a U.S. Am and U.S. Pub Links track for under $50?
– Good driving range, chipping green and two putting greens.  Still waiting on a clubhouse out here.

The Home Course
2300 Hoffman Hill Blvd
DuPont, WA 98327

Course Review Date: 3/10/2012
Course Reviewer: Ian Favre

Soupy.  That’s the only thing that comes to mind as of late.  I do appreciate that writing for this website gives me the privilege of playing more golf than most, but come on already.  Can this weather possibly get any worse?  Saturday’s wet fest found us down in Dupont at the home of the WSGA, The Home Course.  The Home Course, as documented many times before gets on our constant review list for its relatively inexpensive greens fees, playability in nasty conditions and excellent greens.

We’ve reviewed this place a million times so I’m moving to bullets to get this update banged out.  Here’s the latest:

  • Greens were cut and rolled before we tee’d off and even with 24 hours of straight rain, and rain through the whole round they rolled quick and smooth.  I’ve always said this place probably has the best greens in the winter months (all 9 of them) for any public course in Western Washington.
  • $41 plus tax for March greens fees.  Not bad.  Local muni’s are $37.  I’ll pay the extra $4 to play quality like this.
  • Course is undergoing a few changes such as the super tough new bunkers protecting the first green.  (see picture)
  • Absolutely the wettest we’ve ever seen the golf course and it was still completely playable.  It wasn’t exactly the funnest round ever, but you are not searching for a plugged ball at any point.
  • One thing that gets me about this golf course is that they have some out of bounds stakes that I don’t think are necessary on a couple holes.  Yeah, so I pulled a tee shot left, but it’s totally playable.  Is it really necessary to make me peg another and hit 3 off the box?

As for a summary…it’s really just more of the same from this place.  It’s a good price, a hell of a long drive and one of the only public tracks in Western Washington that is still very playable during this miserable weather.  Do I sound bitter?  I’m writing this from Phoenix so I’m not too bitter…at the moment 😉

The newly added bunkers on the opening hole at The Home Course
Random little Lizard chilling on the putting green.

Course Review Date: 08/13/2011 (Pictures Below)
Course Reviewer: Ian

To my somewhat dismay, Jason dragged my rear down to The Home Course in Dupont to break up my service based boycott of the golf course I started in March.  It’s a tough one to stay away from too because it really is a great track, just in a tough location for anyone north of the Space Needle.  Peer pressure, 75 degree weather, and a reasonable $50 green fee were too much to resist on this fine Sunday so the one hour road trip to Dupont was on.

Conditions wise, as you will see in other reviews of The Home Course, the place was in excellent shape.  She even looked a bit greener to me when we hit the parking lot.  That might not be true, but I noticed it enough to mention it to my playing partner in crime as we parked and got geared up for the round.  From check in to the first tee everyone on staff was very friendly and accommodating.  The starter advised us of a 4 hour and 40 minute pace that the course was at for the day.  A little slow by their standards…as well document in other reviews, The Home Course is HUGE on pace of play.  We knocked the first 9 in 1 hour and 50 minutes, but the back hit a crawl with two foursomes who would not let our twosome through.  The back took an hour longer at 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The course itself was in excellent shape as it usually is.  The greens were noticeably slower than the last few times I have played out there.  They are usually pretty sizzling, but for this round they seemed a touch longer…almost as if the mower hadn’t been out for a while.  They still rolled great and held shots well though.  Oh, please fix your ball marks folks.  Ugh.  One feature I really appreciated is the way the ball lands in the rough out there.  It seems to have a knack for sitting on top of the rough as compared to burrowing.  Maybe I was having a lucky day, but I played a couple shots from the rough (only a couple ;)) where I felt like I was hitting off a tee.

Last thing I must note is in regards to service since I have obviously voiced displeasure in the past.  This experience was light years different from start to finish.  Everyone we encountered had a smile on their face and was genuinely friendly.  I’m very pleased to report a totally different experience in this regard and even happier to lift my stubborn boycott.  Nice work Home Course.

Golfchops.com rating: 23/25
Customer Service: 4
Condition of Greens: 4
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 5
Value: 5
Amenities: 5

– Much improved experience customer service wise.  Very impressed.
– Greens were in excellent shape as usual, just a bit slower than we have experience in the past.
– Maintenance always appears to be top notch.  Course almost looked too green from the parking lot.
– $50 on the nose for a course that hosted part of a US AM?  Yeah, that will work.
– Practices facilities remain excellent, cart service on the course, water on multiple holes.

Course Review Date 03/19/2011 (Pictures Below)
Course Reviewer: Ian

Well, this will be the last review for The Home Course for quite a while.  While an excellent golf course and a solid value, the customer service issues reached their boiling point during our round there yesterday and our foursome vowed that we not be returning this year.  The Home Course, which in our experience is notorious for having marshals tell you to pick up the pace when you’re chugging along at 2 hours and 15 minutes per 9 holes, did a complete 180 yesterday.  Our foursome endured a snails paced 5 hour and 45 minute round out there.  Walking to the 6th tee box I approached one of the marshals and said “Any idea what’s with the pace today?”  His response…”It’s slow.”  Wow…the insight.  Could have said, well there’s a tournament sorry about that, or yeah a couple groups are playing from tee’s they shouldn’t, we’re working on it.  Nope, he just went for the straight rudeness.  Same marshal, this time on the back 9.  Our foursome is tee’n off on the par 3 across water.  He is at the back left  of the green in his golf cart.  I pull my tee shot left landing in some thick rough within say, 10 yards of him.  I walk over and begin to search for the shot, which he clearly saw, and the guy doesn’t budge an inch.  Not, you hit it over here, not a finger point, nothing.  He mearly rolls his cart forward about 10 yards and stares at the group.  Amazing.

List of issues we have had at the home course, all of them with course marshals:

1. Continually pestered about our pace all day, and told we will be asked to skip a hole if we don’t play faster.  Finished round in 4hr, 30min.
2. Continually pestered about our pace all day, and told we will be asked to skip a hole if we don’t play faster.  Finished round in 4hr, 40min.
3. During a driving wind and rain storm where people walked off the course at 9 it was so bad, we were told to play faster or skip a hole.
4. Endured a 5 hr and 45 min round, when asked for details, marshal explains, “it’s slow” and drives away.
5. Marshal ignores tee shot when a simple, “it’s right there” would have sped up play and helped out.
6. While putting on 18th green yesterday, marshal parks behind the green and has a cough fest while we are putting.  Total cough fest.  Unreal.

Golfchops.com rating: 19/25
Customer Service: 0
Condition of Greens: 4
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 5
Value: 5
Amenities: 5

Rating Notes:
– We’ve had it.  Something needs to be done about the course marshals here.
– Greens as always were excellent
– Course was in good shape, a bit murky but they take good care of the course.
– $41 prime weekend if you tell them you have a GHIN
– Good range, excellent putting and chipping facilities, easy access to a snack bar.  Pretty solid.

Course Review Date 03/12/2011 (Pictures Below)
Course Reviewer: Jason

As you can see by the amount of updated reviews below we play The Home Course a lot.  In our opinion there is good reason for that; this is one of the best values in Western Washington golf.  $41 for prime time weekend play in March is a great value when you consider the quality of the course. The greens are always in excellent shape and the course drains well even in the hardest Puget Sound downpour. This round was no exception, the greens rolled true and fast and none of the players in the group had a ball plug. A couple of players in our group did pointed out that the practice putting greens are not a quick as the greens on the course. I must say I agree with them, so be warned: Expect your first putt on the course to roll out a bit more than the practice green. As we noted before the practice facility at The Home Course very good: two large practice greens, good range with multiple targets, and a chipping green with a bunker. The staff was friendly as always and we didn’t have any warnings for slow play. If you are hesitant to start your golf season due to rain and mud, don’t be, just start it at The Home Course.

Course Review Date 12/26/2010 (Pictures Below)
Course Reviewer: Ian

When we signed up for a day after Christmas round at The Home Course, we certainly didn’t agree to sideways rain, hail, and wind gusts of 30 mph plus.  It was wicked out there!  Even some of the people playing in a Jorgensen Golf tournament behind us called it quits at the turn.  Course still played well considering the significant rain fall it has received all week.  We survived and completed 18 but I think our foursome is still paying the price for it.  One thing to note and unfortunately we’ve mentioned it before in our reviews of The Home Course, but pace of play with the course marshals is frankly annoying.  Don’t get us wrong, we compliment any course for making pace of play important, but driving into the fairway to tell us to pick up the pace of play in what felt like a hurricane is just uncalled for.  When the wind is howling 30 mph and its pouring down rain, it’s going to slow you down.  We finished in 4 hours, 45 minutes, in a monsoon.  We weren’t blazing, but come on, we couldn’t even feel our feet out there.  We still love this track, and highly recommend it to everyone, but it’s the only track in Western Washington where someone has told us to pick up the pace…twice.  ps…it’s always the same course marshal…think he’s out to get us 😉

Course Review Date 11/28/2010 (Pictures Below)
Course Reviewer: Ian

Winter golf in Western Washington can be a very challenging activity for those brave enough to tackle the elements. The golf ball doesn’t travel as far as it did during the summer months, and you need mountains of weather gear to stay at least somewhat dry.  Included in that list of challenges is finding a local golf course that actually drains well so that the quality of play is not compromised too much.  Many of our local courses at this time of year get the swamp effect.  We battle with casual water everywhere and plugged lies that leave the golf ball barely visible.  Last year we were delighted during the winter months by The Home Course in DuPont, Washington.  All winter the course conditions were great and the price was right.  With that in mind, the Golfchops.com team made the aggressive drive down to DuPont to roll the ball on some quality greens.Having recently hosted portions of the U.S. Amateur Championship we had some high hopes that the playing conditions would be pretty prime and we were not let down at all. The Home Course does a great job at offering a variety of tee boxes and distances to play from.  From the tips it’s a wicked 7424 yard jaunt with a 130 slope. Not the prime distance for your everyday player to be sure.  However, from the whites it plays a very manageable 6093 yards (which is ideal for winter) with a slope of 124.  Much shorter but still a good challenge. The Home Course is also a very friendly course for those that might spray it around a touch.  There are some hazards and o.b. out there, but it generally plays pretty wide open and saves its toughest challenges for the greens.

In the week following the U.S. Amateur we’ve heard the greens we’re running at a 13.5 on the stimp and they were so brown the course maintenance team was out there soaking them a few times a day to keep them alive.  We didn’t encounter this during our late November round last week, but just like last year we did find them to run quick and smooth.  For a public golf course in the winter you’ll be hard pressed to find greens that roll this well.  You’ll have ridges, and bowl shapes, and slopes to tackle once you finally get there as well.  Make it through the round without a 3-putt and you have had a pretty successful day out there.

In the week following the U.S. Amateur we’ve heard the greens we’re running at a 13.5 on the stimp and they were so brown the course maintenance team was out there soaking them a few times a day to keep them alive.We didn’t encounter this during our late November round last week, but just like last year we did find them to run quick and smooth.For a public golf course in the winter you’ll be hard pressed to find greens that roll this well.You’ll have ridges, and bowl shapes, and slopes to tackle once you finally get there as well.Make it through the round without a 3-putt and you have had a pretty successful day out there.Minus the wicked drive from north of Seattle to DuPont this is easily one of our favorite courses to play in the winter in Western Washington.  The price is solid at $36 (if you are in the WSGA or PNGA, $45 if you are not) for prime time, the greens are excellent, and the course drains pretty well despite melting snow and heavy rain from earlier in the week.  You can guarantee we’ll be back this winter when we need the feel of some solid greens below our putters.

Golfchops.com rating: 22.5/25
Customer Service: 3.5
Condition of Greens: 4
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 5
Value: 5
Amenities: 5

Rating Notes:
– Everyone we encountered was pleasant.  Course marshals watch your times like hawks!
– Greens rolled great but have looked better.  Just a guess but I think getting them so sizzling for the U.S. Am took a little out of them.
– Course was in great shape for November.
– $36 for this kind of quality is a great deal.
– Good range, excellent putting and chipping facilities, easy access to a snack bar.  Pretty solid.

Course Review Date – 4/28/2010

Love this golf course. While other western washington courses we’re complaining about the winter causing chaos on their greens, these guys had immaculate greens in January. So impressed with the maintenance of this course. Besides Chamber’s Bay, this is the spot to play! Course marshall’s could be nicer. We knocked out our round in 4hrs. 35 minutes and they were all over us. “Pick it up or we will ask you to skip a hole.” Wow, never had that happen before.

Golfchops.com rating: 22/25
Customer Service: 2
Condition of Greens: 5
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 5
Value: 5
Amenities: 5

Rating Notes:
– Unfriendly course marshalls are a downer.
– Greens are excellent and then some.
– Course is in excellent shape in all areas.
– $40 for greens this nice? Jackpot!
– Nice range, excellent putting and chipping greens, love it.

Video and Pictures from The Home Course in DuPont, Wa

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