World-class Palouse Ridge Golf Club debuts — Bandon Dunes & Northwest golf

 
 

by Cameron Healey of Golf Today Northwest

Not far from prime wine country in Southeastern Washington, Palouse Ridge Golf Club has debuted as the #2 Best New Course You Can Play in the US - a great stop on your Northwest golf vacation.

A venture of Washington State University, the $12.3 million complex on 315 rolling, mostly treeless acres offers up dramatic course routing with views of distant mountains in Idaho and Oregon, a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse and an expansive practice center.  In fact, such is the appeal of Palouse Ridge that the 7,308-yard links-style layout is slated to host the Pac-10 women’s championships in 2012, the Pac-10 men’s tournament in 2014, and other key Northwest events. 

Not bad, if you figure these were awarded within months of the course's completion.  Former PGA Tour player and coach of the Sacramento State golf team David Sutherland said after seeing Palouse Ridge for the first time last fall, “This is the finest University course I have had the pleasure to play.” 

Architect John Harbottle’s reputation for building eco-sensitive courses is further reinforced, and if you are a golfer who appreciates the “environmentally-friendly” efforts of where you play, Palouse Ridge should factor at the top of your list as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, offering public-access and a wildlife habitat that will serve as a research center and recreational outlet for the WSU community. 

The clubhouse overlooks the 18th green and uses a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, while Banyan’s on the Ridge, a British Colonial-themed prime steakhouse, offers visiting golfers and locals alike a top quality locally-driven menu.  A selection of Washington wines and Pacific Northwest microbrews are also available.

If you want to spend a weekend golfing in the region, you can also take in two outstanding resort courses in nearby Idaho: Circling Raven, an excellent course operated by the Coeur d’Alene Indian tribe; and Coeur d’Alene Golf & Spa Resort, a property famous for its floating island green.

Three area hotels promote stay-and-play golf packages with Palouse Ridge: Holiday Inn Express, Pullman, WA (509) 334-4437 www.hiexpress.com/pullmanwa; Hilltop Hotel, Pullman, WA (509) 332-0928 www.hotelonthehill.com; and Best Western University Inn, Moscow, ID (800) 325-8765 www.uinnmoscow.com.

For tee Times at Palouse Ridge Golf Club, please call 509-335-4342 or visit their Website: www.palouseridge.com.