Washington National Golf Course

14330 SE Husky Way
Auburn, WA 98092
((253) 333-5000

Course Review Date:  2/12/12
Course Reviewer: Sean Charlton

Rolling into the parking lot at 9:30 on Sunday morning, I expected to see more than a dozen cars.  To my surprise, the parking lot and subsequently the golf course were both totally wide open.  Perhaps it was the slight threat of rain, the final round at the Pro/Am at Pebble on TV, or the $50 greens fees mid February.  In either case, I was pleasantly surprised to have the course pretty much to myself.  I played 27 holes in just under 5 hours.

Hoping that the past few rainless days would have helped the course dry out a bit was an ignorant wish on my part.  Not a sopping mess out there but wet none the less.  Playing from the blue tees put the course at just over 6400 yards, but with no roll out on ANY shot, it felt much closer to 7400.  As an example, the longest roll out on any of my drives was literally 2 inches… 2.  Plug after plug after plug.

That being said, the greens, other than being slightly bumpy in places, were in fantastic shape.  Balls were spinning, stopping, and rolling like it was mid spring.  Just about every green is slightly elevated which helps keep them less mushy than the fairways but creates a mess 20-30 yards in on some holes.

Sand placement on this course is just flat out mean.  Very well thought out and forces you to be accurate.  However, the sand they use is some of the easiest I’ve played out of.  Fairway bunkers, green side bunkers and the random bunker that you’ll find are steep in places but a very easy out for even an average sand player.  Good news however, if you need some practice out of the sand, it’s in play on every hole, every shot J

With the course playing so much longer, Driver was a viable option for just about every par 4.  Even a bomb down the middle left a few greens unreachable in two, unless you’re a huge hitter.  Scoring was tough and par was the new birdie for me this Sunday.  I’ve always enjoyed this course and I’m looking forward to some harder fairways and a little more roll.

Next time I go back, I hope I’m serenaded again by the people that live midway up the 3rd hole.  They have an outdoor sound system that was on both times I went by.  My only guess is that they were either trying to drown out the giant German Sheppard’s constant barking just up the hill behind them, or they felt that I needed a little Carle Simon to help me through my day…

Golfchops.com rating: 16/25
Customer Service: 5
Condition of Greens: 3
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 4
Value: 2
Amenities: 2

Rating Notes:
 As always, excellent customer service in all areas.  Even our starter told us which greens were playing a bit slower today which was a nice touch.

 Greens looked great and they’re only going to get better.  Looks like some of the greens were punched about 5-6 weeks ago based on the abundance of plugs spread in a few area.

 It was wet out there but no standing water… can’t expect much better for mid February. Very well kept and I expect this place to be fully dialed in come spring/summer.

 Poor food selection in the small bar/concessions area inside the ‘clubhouse’ but lots of options on the Pro Shop half.  No on-course service, perhaps due to the time of year and the very few people playing.

 A bit of a drive from the north end and a little pricey for a winter rate but I’ll still be going back.

Course Review Date: 5/02/2010
Course Reviewer: Ian Favre

Played Washington National for the first time yesterday (05/02/2010). Always avoided it due to the tremendous amounts of purple and gold everywhere, being the home of the Huskies (Go Cougs). Course is in recovery mode right now from the winter and was very very sandy. Even a couple fairway shots played like bunker plays.

The course is designed very well and I believe in August it would be a very enjoyable round. Greens appear to be on the mend, but at this time they were half sand, very bumpy, and as slow as slow gets. Staff was very friendly and accommodating, which was nice to see. I think $80 is pretty steep given the condition of the course. Not to many players out there for a spring Sunday so I think I am not the only one who thinks the price is a bit much. It was apparent that Oki (the management co.) spends money on this course which was nice to see. Many of their other courses do not reflect this and have deteriorated during their ownership, i.e. Hawks Prairie, Redmond Ridge. I would go back for sure, but not sure I could stomach $80, when I could play The Home Course for $40.

Golfchops.com rating: 16/25
Customer Service:
Condition of Greens: 2
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 4
Value: 2
Amenities: 3

Rating Notes:
 Excellent customer service in all areas.
– Greens very bumpy, sandy, and slow.
– Course is groomed well and has the appearance that they spend money on its upkeep.
– $80 is way overpriced given the condition of the greens.
– Average putting green and driving range, cool golf carts.

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