Salish Cliffs • Shelton
No course has finished as consistently in the rankings, year after year, as Salish Cliffs — always behind Chambers Bay, Wine Valley and Gold Mountain’s Olympic (and, since it opened, Gamble Sands), and always ahead of everyone else.
It’s a course that scores well with every demographic — men, women, industry experts and the general public all rank it in their respective top-10s, a credit to the diverse range of ways the course can be played and enjoyed. Long hitters go back to the tips and challenge themselves with forced carries and greens that favor approaches from specific angles if you’re seeking birdies. Shorter hitters, meanwhile, love the eagle opportunities at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 18, the elevated tee shots on three of the course’s four par-threes, and the opportunity to score well if one can simply stay out of trouble.
Always one of the best-maintained tracks in the state, it’s another course that makes us jealous of those folks on the other side of the Sound … and, not the last one we’ll see on this list, either.