Wine Valley Golf Club • Walla Walla
The same dynamic at play between Chambers Bay and Gamble Sands shows up each year in the battle for third place in our rankings, between Wine Valley and Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course. In all four rankings we’ve conducted since 2013, Wine Valley has earned more first-place votes than Gold Mountain — 33 in all, to just 16 for the Olympic — yet, the two have flip-flopped the No. 3 and No. 4 ranking each year. The fact is, golfers who have played Wine Valley love it — but, a significantly larger number have played the Olympic, and thus the latter course appears on more ballots.
Why does Wine Valley consistently receive more first-place votes than any course outside the top-two? Perhaps because it features a little bit of everything — the open, links style of Gamble Sands, the expansive Eastern Washington views of Palouse Ridge, the intriguing green complexes of Chambers Bay, and the exquisite conditioning of Salish Cliffs. Sure, it’s a drive — but, if you could play one course that combined the best of all those others, wouldn’t you say it’s worth it? Voters who have played it certainly do, and we couldn’t agree more.