LAKE SPANAWAY GOLF COURSE
15602 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98444
Course Review Date: 4/14/2012
Course Reviewer: Jason
Finally some good weather on a weekend in the great Northwest! An invite from a buddy brought me down to Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Tacoma. Opened in 1967 Lake Spanaway twists its way through native fir trees and presents a very good challenge to all golfers. The greens are large and at the time of this review where very slow due to a punch a couple of week prior to our round. From the blue tees the course measures 6,965 yards and is a par 71. The course was in great shape overall; tee boxes, fairways, and rough was all well maintained and greens were coming into form after their resent punch and sand. Lake Spanaway has a good enough range (covered hitting area with mats) and a well placed practice putting green (right next to the first tee).
The overall theme of this course is hit it straight off the tee or risk your only second shot being a punch-out out of the trees. Each and every hole is lined with large fir trees but in most cases it’s only a single row so if you’re lucky you’ll have a shot at or near the green. The 519 yard par 5 9th hole is really your first chance to score if your able to fly the fairway bunker on the left. The 10th hole is my favorite on the course because it offers true risk vs. reward. At just 458 yards from the back tees it’s a short par 5 but with a large pond protecting the green, but you’d better be confident with the club in your hand for your second shot.
Course awards: In 1997 it hosted the 14 Annual Pacific NW Men’s Amateur Public Links Championship. Again, in 1998 it hosted the 1st Annual Pacific NW Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. In 1999 the Seattle PI rated it as one of the regions driest golf courses. September 2003, Lake Spanaway hosted the USGA Mid-Amateur Qualifier. In 2004 Lake Spanaway hosted the Washington State Golf Association Men’s Amateur Championship.
Golfchops.com Rating: 17/25
Customer Service – 4
Condition of Greens – 2
Perceived maintenance level of course – 3
Value – 5
Amenities – 3
-Customer service was solid. Everyone was friendly.
-As mentioned in the review the greens had been punched a week or 2 prior so I rated them a 2 but I’m sure they will be much better in the future.
-The course way in very good shape overall with a few areas under repair and the greens recovering from the punch.
-At just $36 for a weekend prime time round, Lake Spanaway is an excellent value.
-Solid driving and well placed practice putting green.
Pictures of Lake Spanaway Golf Course