GolfWeek’s Annual Ratings List Out: Olympic Course No. 5; Trophy Lake No. 8 in State

GolfWeek’s annual list of Best Courses You Can Play is out and Kitsap has two courses included in Washington State’s Top 10 list. Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course comes in at No. 5 and Trophy Lake Golf & Casting is ranked No. 8.

Note: Courses have to be open to the public to be considered.

Here’s the full state list:

1. Chambers Bay, University Place (No. 20 m)
2. Palouse Ridge, Pullman (m)
3. Wine Valley, Walla Walla (m)*
4. Loomis Trail, Blaine (m)*
5. Olympic Course at Gold Mountain, Bremerton (m)
6. Indian Canyon, Spokane (c)
7. Semiahmoo, Blaine (m)
8. Trophy Lake Golf & Casting, Port Orchard (m)
9. Suncadia (Prospector), Roslyn (m)
10. Home Course, DuPont (m)

Note: Chambers Bay is No. 20 nationally; the m is for modert courses and the c is for classic courses. The asterisk is for courses that are new to the list.

Port Ludlow Resort was dropped from the Top 10.

Here’s the GolfWeek story about the the rankings.

Here’s the link to the state-by-state listing.

Here’s the best classic courses and the best modern courses, which has Oregon’s Pacific Dunes No. 2, Bandon Dunes No. 4 and Bandon Trails No. 28. The No. 1 modern course? I let you find out for yourself.

Of course, this is all pretty subjective. How would you rank the top 10 courses in the state? I keep hearing good things about the Home Course in Steilacoom. Should it be higher? And what about McCormick Woods or the Cascade Course at Gold Mountain? Are they among the state’s top 10? Just throwing it out. Chambers Bay will host the U.S. Amateur this summer and the U.S. Open in 2015, but is it the state’s best public-access golf course?

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