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Golf With A View: Washington’s Puget Sound Region

Golfvaca June 18, 2017

Typically, when someone hears about the Pacific Northwest images of emerald forests and sapphire water come to mind. What many people don’t realize is that the South Sound is also home to championship golf courses. Whether it be putting the green along the shores of Puget Sound or relaxing at the clubhouse enjoying views of Mount Rainier, the Cascade Mountains and the Olympic Mountains, golfing in Pierce County will be a memorable experience.

The Courses

Chambers Bay • University Place, WA

Chambers Bay is a links style course located on the shores of Puget Sound. It is also the only course to have been officially dubbed “America’s St. Andrews” by its much older counterpart in St. Andrews, Scotland. The Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed municipal course has an impressive resume, having played host to the U.S. Amateur Championship in 2010. It was the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open in 2015. Chambers Bay offers stunning views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains while you play in the footsteps of the best golfers in the world.

The Home Course • DuPont, WA

The Home Course is another championship course in Pierce County. It was the assisting course for the 2010 US Amateur Championship and was the site of the 2014 US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. It will also be hosting the 2019 USGA Four-Ball Championship. Bald Eagles are frequently seen at the course, and like Chambers Bay, golfers will enjoy panoramic views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.

Meadow Park • Tacoma, WA

If you’ve experienced the rush of following in the footsteps of champions at Chambers Bay or the Home Course but still want to hit the links, Meadow Park municipal golf course can help you scratch that itch. This 101 year old course is the second oldest public golf course in Washington. Lined with magnificent fir and oak trees, Meadow Park Golf Course offers something for everyone. The course includes an 18-hole championship course, executive 9-hole, two putting courses and the nation’s only driving range with LED lighting for those late evening sessions. Because of its historic status Meadow Park is a popular destination for hickory golfers.

Recreation and Culture

Whether you’d like to visit Mount Rainier to do some hiking or peruse the latest art exhibits in the downtown museum district, Tacoma can help you unwind after a day or two on the links. Kayaks can be rented at several locations on the Puget Sound, including right at the museum district. If you’d like a unique museum experience, beginning in June the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will feature over 200 artifacts from the NFL Hall of Fame. To learn more visit www.TravelTacoma.com

Golf Packages & Hotels

There are great lodging options in Pierce County that provide convenient access to all of area courses. In DuPont, hotels like the Best Western Liberty Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites DuPont, and Fairbridge Inn & Suites are just minutes from The Home Course. Some of these hotels also offer special rates to guests who are golfing at certain courses. In Downtown Tacoma, the luxurious Murano Hotel offers a package called the Championship Experience, which packages room stays with golfing at three different golf courses, including Chambers Bay. To find hotels visit www.traveltacoma.com/hotels

Drink

Tacomans take their beer seriously, and we show it in the many craft breweries throughout the county serving up unique, high quality brews. The best way to experience craft beer culture is by checking out the South Sound Craft Crawl.

Special Craft Crawler’s Course

Do you appreciate the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into making a delicious brew? Yes?! We do too! You’re invited to join the Craft Crawl and taste over 100 of locally made beers and ciders, from the fearless artisans that reign the region.

South Sound? You better believe it. From Tacoma to Olympia—more than 40 artisanal breweries and cideries (20ish off course). A rising craft culture that’s just being tapped.

What exactly is the Craft Crawl? Glad you asked. With your course and passport in hand, collect stamps at each location you visit. Fifteen stamps get you a prized growler. Swing by any course location marked with a trophy icon on the passport to show off your stamps and pick up your prize. You can also pick up your growler at the Travel Tacoma + Pierce County Visitor Information Center Monday-Friday 10am-4pm or Saturdays between 10am-3pm.

With year-round beer festivals and more brewery openings in the “hop”-per, there’s no doubt that you’ll sip some of the best suds in the state. Hop on the rail to ale, Tacoma’s free Link Light Rail, with stops at seven breweries, all in the heart of downtown.

Not sure where to start? Let Lifestyle Tours or Bikerobrew help you craft the perfect crawl.

Cheers to premium pints and bragging rights! Ladies and gentlemen, start your crawling.

If beer isn’t your thing you can also check out one of the craft distilleries or wineries by visiting www.traveltacoma.com/south-sound-craft-crawl

Eat

Puget Sound is known best for their seafood, but whatever you’re looking for, Tacoma and Pierce County have plenty to offer. Satisfy almost any craving with one-of-a-kind cuisine.

Trendy and adventurous eats can be found at restaurants on 6th Ave in Tacoma such as Marrow and Dirty Oscar’s Annex.

While family-friendly and fun restaurants offer kids eye-popping eats at Carr’s Restaurant in Lakewood, and The Harmon and The Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Tacoma.

If you’re in it for stunning waterfront views, there are plenty of waterfront dining options along Ruston Way and along 43 miles of shoreline.

Your table is waiting. Visit www.traveltacoma.com/restaurants to learn more.

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