Practically from the day it opened in 2011, Salish Cliffs has been one of the most talked-about golf courses in Washington.
At first, before it even opened, it was the pedigree — the Gene Bates signature goes a long way since the designer’s overwhelming success at Circling Raven in Worley, Idaho.
Then, it was the quality — not only the conditioning of the fairways, greens, and white-sand bunkers; or the expansive footprint that winds across a ridge high above the Little Creek Casino Resort and Puget Sound; but the design itself, blending risk/reward par-4s and par-5s with some of the region’s most challenging holes.
Now, it’s the value. weekday rates start as low as $59 at off-peak times, and peak at just around $100 on the busiest of summer weekend mornings. Stay-and-play packages at the Little Creek, meanwhile, include a round of golf for two, cart, range balls and a night’s stay at the lodge — and, of course, a chance to cover your entire nut with one lucky run at the tables.
Either way, it’s worth every penny to play one of our favorite courses in the state — an opinion our state’s voters obviously share, ranking Salish Cliffs among the state’s top-five courses in both our 2013, 2015 and 2017 bi-annual rankings (spoiler alert: early voting for our 2019 rankings suggests the course certainly hasn’t lost any of its magic in the last two years).
On June 1, Salish Cliffs will host the Cascade Golfer Challenge, one of seven independent events in this year’s Cascade Golfer Cup. A maximum of 64 two-person teams will tee it up in the tournament, which features trips to some of the Northwest’s top destinations (including a grand prize package to Central Oregon), plus twosomes and foursomes to some of the region’s top tracks. The top-15 net teams and top-10 gross teams will all prize out, meaning any player with a handicap has a chance to win — in all, more than 30 prizes are up for grabs; with a field size of 64, that means nearly half the field could walk away with a prize.
Best of all, every team that enters receives a free round at Salish Cliffs to use later in the year. With a tournament fee of $345 per team, you can do the math — each golfer is paying $172.50 and receiving two rounds of golf at Salish Cliffs (a $200 value in its own right), plus all the tournament benefits, including prizes, lunch, beer, coffee and more.
So, if you’re thinking of playing Salish Cliffs this year — and odds are, you are — make a day of it and sign up for the Cascade Golfer Challenge, to take advantage of that second free round and other benefits. Both of our first two events have filled up quickly, so sign up today and guarantee your spot!