Wellington Hills Golf Course
70246 240th St SE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Course Review Date: 03/27/2012 – Pictures Below
Course Review: Ian Favre
Well, as much as I enjoy this little back yard 9 hole track it’s just about in unplayable mode. Unputtable for sure! The University of Washington has been trying to unload the land for quite a while and recently got Snohomish County to bite. The whole thing is going to be leveled and turned into soccer fields. No matter what the quality is, it always sucks to lose a neighbor course. We’ve heard rumors that they are looking at an October 2012 date for closing the doors. So….if you manage or own a golf course, that you know is closing in October, are you going to putt much money into the maintenance of the golf course? Are you going to worry about airification of the greens? Nah. What’s the point really. Grab all the money you can and run.
Not that I have any idea the management over there is doing that, but the greens are awful. You’ve got dead spots, sunken areas, water damage, etc. Just a hot mess. Sure you can still play, but you can get a 2 foot putt that is going to break 5 different ways on. It’s not exactly the most confidence building putting surface you have strided across. You still have the fun odd ball holes (1 &5) where you have to watch for traffic and hit it across the street. Its still only $12 to bang out a quick 9 at lunch, but I must unfortunately suggest you take a pass and find a different track.
Course Review Date 05/31/2011 – Pictures Below
Course Reviewer: Ian
Hidden in my own back yard of Woodinville Washington is the small 9 hole track known as Wellington Hills Golf Course. A Par 34 coming in at 2735 yards and featuring what might be the smallest greens my eyes have ever seen. Let’s just get it out of the way why don’t we…you’re not coming here for championship golf, driving the ball 300 yards and showing off your latest Travis Mathews gear (ok, I still did that). This is an off the beaten path golf course with furry greens, crabgrass and weed laden fairways, and some of the strangest teeboxes you will ever find. But before you click away on this page, I say, give it a chance. You never know what you are going to find out on the course until you go out and play it.
I’ll preface this review by stating that my golf game has been in utter shambles from months with no rhyme or reason to why it has fallen apart on me. Lessons, advice, countless range sessions, etc have still left me spraying the ball everywhere and beating myself up, not mention making my playing partners miserable. Some progress in my game had me itching to get out and play, hence my adventure began at Wellington Hills Golf Course. For the first time in a while I stood on the first tee and felt a sense of optimism about the 9 holes I was about to begin. Then as I pegged my ballon the first tee the sky unleashed a roll of thunder that has me washing my shorts two days later. Good lord! Scared me half to death…and the nice gentleman in the proshop apparently who ran out and said, “Young man get in here!”
Ten minutes later I found my way back to the first tee still excited to play a solo nine holes. For whatever reason I find playing golf by myself a spiritual experience. The first hole is a straight forward 300 yard par 4 where your tee shot needs to clear the steet and passing cars. Wait, what?! Yes friends. 70 yards in front of the first tee is a road with cars humming back and forth. I’ve never seen anything like it and I was delighted to pump my hybrid out there 200 yards to kick off my round. It was the first time in my life that I checked traffic before I hit a tee shot. I left myself a 90 yard or so approach shot to what has to be the smallest green I have ever seen. This would be a theme for the entire 9 holes…smallest greens you will ever come across.
I was enjoying myself out there very much and the confidence boost of standing on the 6th tee box just one over through 5 holes was dancing around my brain. The teebox for number 6 is elevated and again you have to hit your teeshot across the street. Traffic check..ok good to go. Well, a slight pull with the driver and I found my Penta chasing a Rav4 up the left side on the street. I made the, “oh please no” cringe on the tee and lucked out as ball danced its way off the road and kicked back into play. Dodged a bullet on that one. I remember a PT Cruiser at Ballinger a few years back that did not get so lucky!
In my opinion, the best hole on the golf course is #7. A 195 yard par 3 that jumps sharply uphill right as you get to the green. You really have to pure one to make that green. I was pretty psyched to make par on that hole. I don’t care where you are playing, getting par on a 200 yard par 3 with a green the size of your neighbor’s garden is excellent. Ya know, this is not a world beater of a golf course. It never will be. But to go out, relax, and play real golf shots for $12, I don’t see how you can go wrong.
To end my small journey at Wellington Hills, the gentleman in the proshop came out and chatted with me a bit. He said ” Watched you play a bit. You seem to know your way around a course. I like the way you handle yourself on the greens.” Funny how sometimes someone can say something to you that might be insignificant to them, but mean so much more to you. At a time when my game has been in shambles and my confidence is at an all time low, it was the compliment of a lifetime to me. He must have noticed, but I was beaming. It was a good lesson for me. Sometimes, to tackle (and review) the Chamber’s Bay’s of the world, you need to get back to golf that’s as basic as you can possibly imagine. Hitting tee shots against on coming traffic at a neighborhood 9 hole that avid golfers would crucify in conversation. I loved this place.
Golfchops.com rating: 15/25
Customer Service: 5
Condition of Greens: 2
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 2
– Excellent customer service from start to finish.
– Tiny little greens are furry but all seem healthy. I say 2 because of the type of greens we usually play and rate.
– Well the course was clean and in good shape. There’s some oddball rubber mats for teeboxes on a few holes that are pretty worked over. I can’t imagine they have much money to throw at the course.
– $12 for nine holes is great! Hit a large bucket for $7 or go play 9 holes? I’m going 9 holes every time.
– No amenities to report. They get a 1 for having an awesome Wilson Staff Gooseneck blade 2 iron for sale in the proshop. I know its coming home with me one day or another.
Pictures of Wellington Hills Golf Course