Our trip began with Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Washington. Unfortunately when I opened my travel bag at Chambers Bay I discovered the airline had broken my driver. The kind staff at Chambers Bay loaned me a demo driver for the day. The interesting thing about the demo driver was for some reason I couldn't hit it more than 20 feet in the air. That actually worked out though, because the course was playing firm and I got the maximum amount of roll. I really enjoyed the course and wouldn't hesitate to go back, especially now that they are installing new greens.
|7th Hole looking back|
|9th Hole with 18th green in the background|
|2nd Hole, one of the best Driveable Par 4's I've played|
|Floating Green 14th Hole|
My tee shot on the floating green. It was playing 181 against the wind. Hit it right in the middle of the green
|Boat ride to the course|
Next up on Day four was The Golf Club at Black Rock. Black Rock is unique, as are most courses designed by Jim Engh. Mr. Engh has a very interesting take on golf course architecture and his designs generate a lot of discussion. One of his trademarks is designing greens with bowls that bring balls into the green instead of repelling them so he does try hard to make his courses fair even with the extreme severity in places.
|11th Hole with Waterfalls|
|13th Hole, more Waterfalls|
After playing at Black Rock we headed East for a full day at Glacier National Park in Montana. Glacier is one of the most beautiful places in the country. My love for the National Parks has grown significantly over the years. I was lucky to have parents that insisted on taking my sister and I to Yellowstone when we were kids and although we didn't appreciate it as much as we should at the time, I am eternally grateful to them for starting me on this journey of wonder.
I suggest that everybody take the time to watch Ken Burns wonderful documentary about the National Parks. The title of the Documentary, America's Best Idea, might be the most appropriate title I've ever heard for a movie.
After a beautiful sunrise hike around one of the lakes at Glacier we began our journey back West to Seattle. We stopped at a little nine-hole course in Western Montana called Trestle Creek in Saint Regis. If you are coming from the West, Saint Regis is where you get off Interstate 90 to head to Glacier National Park. I highly recommend taking the time to stop at Trestle Creek. I love little mom and pop courses like this.
|1st green looking at 7th Hole|
|2 green Par three 5th Hole|
|5th and 6th Holes|
|17th Hole at bottom, 3rd green top right, 4th green top left|
|11th Hole, Great par 5|