Golf DestinationsGolf TripKalispel Golf, one of the best course in Spokane

Spokane is known for many things, from the world’s largest basketball tournament, known as the Spokane Hoopfest, to being the birthplace of Father’s Day. As it turns out, the city is also a great destination for a golf getaway because 10 of Washington’s 277 golf courses are found here. Let’s have a look at the 18-hole courses (and a few shorter options) in this city. 

1. Esmeralda Golf Course

Access: Public
Site: my.spokanecity.org

Esmeralda Golf Course was constructed back in 1956 and you’ll find it in Northeast Spokane. It’s one of Spokane’s most played municipal golf courses, spanning over 6,331 yards and lined with more than 2,000 trees. The playable par 70 layout is appealing to players of all skill levels, however it attracts many beginners and seniors. You’ll find that the fairways are very flat and there’s a lot of open space to be creative. 

2. Downriver Golf Course

Access: Public
Site: my.spokanecity.org

Downriver, which was established back in 1916, is Spokane’s oldest golf course and it remains a favorite amongst avid golfers. The course is nestled in a serene natural setting, where the par 71 layout that spans 6,130 yards works well with any skill level. The gorgeous backdrop of the Spokane River and the tall pines in Riverside State Park compliment the entire experience. 

3. Indian Canyon Golf Course

Access: Public
Site: my.spokanecity.org

Back in 1930, after H. Chandler Egan finished his design, the building process was complete and this iconic Spokane gem was opened. The entire course is set atop a canyon wall at the west entrance to Spokane, where it overlooks the entire city. The 6,255-yard par 71 course requires nothing but accuracy and focus from the moment you step to the last hole. 

The course has been named as one of Golf Digest’s top 25 public courses in the US and it has hosted many major events and tournaments. These events include the USGA (3 times), the United States Amateur Public Links Championship (2 times), and the United States Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship (1 time). 

4. Manito Golf & Country Club 

Access: Private
Site: manitocc.com

This championship golf course was designed by Arthur Vernon Macan in 1922 and it has since been renovated by Jeff Mingay. The par 71 layout that spans 6,504 yards has seen many pros over the years, especially when it hosted the 1944 PGA Championship. The course is a friendly opponent to players of all skill levels but it does provide a bit of a fun challenge. 

5. Pasadena Ridge Golf Course

Access: Private
Site: pasadenaridge.com

Pasadena Ridge Golf Course is a relatively new short course that was opened in Spokane in 2007. It isn’t like any of the other courses on this list because it doesn’t have your traditional number of holes. The course features no more than 7 holes that each have a par 3 layout, with the shortest measuring at 50 yards and the longest at 135 yards. 

Pasadena Ridge offers a refreshing change from your regular course and it’s perfect for a short game before or after work. The views are terrific, the fairways and greens are well-groomed and maintained, and the level of challenge is just right. What more could you ask for? 

6. The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course

Access: Public
Site: my.spokanecity.org

The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course is one of Spokane’s newest golf courses. This gem is located in a natural setting, which is home to an abundance of bird species and plenty of wildlife that roam around in the distance. The par 72 layout spans over 6,559 yards of wooded and hilly terrain. Furthermore, it features multiple water hazards, including a meandering creek and a total of five ponds throughout the course. 

7. Kalispel Golf and Country Club

Access: Private
Site: kalispelgolf.com

According to Golfweek Magazine, Kalispel is one of the Top 50 Casino golf Courses in the nation. If you ask some of the golfers that have played here, they’ll tell you that it’s the best-conditioned golf course in the Pacific Northwest. 

This course, which is owned and operated by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, is located along the Little Spokane River. The course features unmatched views of the Rattlesnake Ridge and the river, while the par 72 layout that spans 6,634 yards ensures that you’re kept on your toes from hole to hole. 

8. Wandermere Golf Course

Access: Public
Site: wandermere.com

Wandermere Golf Course opened back in 1929. The course is situated in the beautiful Little Spokane River Valley, where it’s surrounded by nothing but peace and nature. It spans 6,050 yards from the blue tees, while starting from the red tees will only give you 5,305 yards of play. Don’t let the yardage fool you, or the scenic views distract you, because this course doesn’t hold back when it comes to a fair challenge. 

9. Latah Creek Golf Course 

Access: Public
Site: spokanecounty.org

Latah Creek’s original design was done by Bob E. Baldock and Robert L. Baldock in 1969. The course has seen a major redesign in 2008 by Rick Phelps, but one thing that didn’t change is the meandering Latah Creek that comes into play on 7 holes and the 194 acres of wilderness that it’s built on. The back tees give you 6,839 yards of play with a Slope Rating of 133. 

10. Pine Acres Golf Course

Access: Public
Site: pineacresgolfcourse.com

Pine Acres is a 9-hole par 35 golf course that’s named after the scenic white pine trees that are dotted across the well-maintained course. Not to mention the gorgeous coniferous and deciduous trees that line the sloping greens and fairways. 

Despite the lack of manmade sand bunkers on the course, it still puts up quite the challenge. The abundance of water hazards and varying hole yardage requires you to be adaptable and creative while letting loose with physical skill and a great understanding of the game. 

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