Best in State
The best golf courses in Washington
One of the great aspects of American golf is the diversity of topography that our golf courses play on, as shown by the variety of layouts ranked on our Best in State lists, which we’ve been publishing since 1977. The Pacific Northwest is one of those regions with great golf, and our latest list of the Best Golf Courses in Washington—the result of thousands of evaluations from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists—features courses that play along the Puget Sound as well as inland layouts with mountain backdrops.
Below you'll find our 2023-'24 ranking of the Best Golf Courses in Washington.
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University Place, WA
The winner of Golf Digest’s Best New Course of 2014 award, Gamble Sands sits atop a sprawling, treeless plateau of sandy desert overlooking Washington’s Columbia River Valley. The extremely playable layout is oversized in every respect, with enormously wide fairways, gigantic greens, no rough and some of the most panoramic vistas around. In using “friendly contours” that divert shots away from bunkers and toward targets, designer David Kidd wants everybody to have fun. He hopes good players will relish opportunities to score low and high handicappers will post their best round ever. With three reachable par 4s on the 18, that’s a possibility. Of course, Gamble Sands was Kidd’s inspiration for his Mammoth Dunes.
Cle Elum, WA
Walla Walla, WA
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