Last night I had no roaming signal even, or internet options, therefore nothing got done and I couldn't plan out today. It didn't help that as I stood up from a picnic table my back went crazy and I almost fell down. It still hurts, and I am taking tomorrow off or playing a course with just light putter tosses. I made it up to Seattle for the night. If not for traffic, I could live here. Yesterday at the first course, a stranger named 'Slip' gave me 20$ for the trip! Big thanks to Slip, and to my guide for the round. Also to the guys at the next course for the map, and Troy Farley of this site "Troy bilt", for coming out to grab a picture and showing me the back 9 at High Bridge.
brief cause i'm beat and have way too much to do
Spokane, WA- Downriver:Tournament level layout, featuring more than a couple tough par-3's and some par-4's. A mighty river comes into play, on a bad over-the-top shot or a bad kick on one long right turn along a ridge leading down to it. Many pine trees, some in tight tunnels some just in open fields. Good use of elevation with a few off cliff and uphill shots. Dusty and rocky ground, with scrub grass clinging to it in patches. Many bushes in play too. Need accuracy and power. Pooooooorly marked (key theme to WA so far), hard to figure out where the basket is, where the next hole is, often. Without a map it is navigable-but it will double the length of your round. Seek guide/map.
Spokane, WA- High Bridge:Not as well marked as Downriver, you could get lost here and be unable to figure out the entire course without a map. Many signs gone, baskets not numbered, odd layout requiring walks and back-tracking, blind holes. Tighter and shorter, built in an old torn down neighborhood which still has streets being taken over by grass and cement foundations in play. Small water hazard, additional water hazard of sprinklers. Mix of flat grassy area but mostly on steep hills covered in pines and bushes. Features several memorable hole, like #10 a 250' shot onto a hill to the right, side-angle up hill, basket near edge to make bad putts fly away back downhill, in woods. Slow down entering park, gigantic potholes will bottom out a low car.
Pullman, WA- Sunnyside:I spent 90 minutes playing this short, almost wide open, easy course. Didn't realize I started on #10 until I was on hole #17, then I realized the hole # is on the wood beam marking the tee, faint and covered in dirt. No signs, very hard to figure out. The first hole is blind until you walk up 250'. Up and down and across a large steep grassy hill, dotted with large pines. One water hazard not very hazardous. Could get windy here. Lots of putter drives that require smooth release or float away from the hole down a hill, or into woods.
Walla Walla, WA- Fort Walla Walla (2):This was the hardest to navigate of all, I even forgot I had a map because of the back-pain I wasn't thinking straight. Apparently used to be a dual-teed 10 basket course, now with an added 9 baskets across the creek. They call it two courses on the scorecard, so I will. No signs just colored and numbered on the tees and baskets. No explanation of what they mean..some holes have 3 different numbers in 2 colors on them, so it's beyond confusing. I recommend safari if you can't find a map. I never found the tee on one hole, searching all over. Layed out with hidden tees and baskets-just makes things worse. Many long open holes with a few bushes and trees, a few tightly wooded holes and a few in and out of woods or stands of trees. Couple of OB fences, creek, paths. Features planets as an obstacle. The back course has scratchy-hay like grass, not well mowed. The front course is lush and green.
Kennewick, WA- Columbia:Also tough/actually impossible* to navigate without a guide or a map (5 out of 5 for this state so far-yet all good courses besides that fact). Most holes have dual cement tees and dual baskets IN THE GROUND. Some might not have both? I don't know..didn't count them all up and couldn't find some. No explanation of this at the message board, but on some tee signs, many are missing. Unmarked cement slabs everywhere, with sometimes 5-6 baskets in sight ahead of them, leaves you with no clue as to how to play the hole properly or where to go next. It's a good course and worth playing, join someone if you can and get a map. If not, just make stuff up you can play about 15 of the holes properly without too much effort. From long to long, it would be tough with many long placement shots through a flat area with some mowed, some tall grass, bushes, thick woods, tree lines and rock piles. One small creek in play. Right next to a highway. Several great holes like #18-straight through a 5' wide gap right off the tee to the basket 450'ish ahead, a small OB water hazard just short and left of it, and 3-4 trees to negotiate, road OB on right close. If it was easier to figure out, it'd be the best so far here. I threw many different shots.