January 3, 2017

Sahalee Country Club (South/North)

Sammamish, Wash. / 6,955 yards, Par 72/ Points: 60.8642
Sahalee CC North course hole 9
Rob Perry

98. Sahalee C.C. (South/North)

Ted Robinson (1969)/Rees Jones (R. 1996)

Many 100 Greatest courses began as open fields, then had decades of green committees plant trees to frame fairways; those clubs are now clear-cutting such trees to open up vistas and invite more sunlight and air to greens. Sahalee is not such a club. Its course was carved from a Pacific Northwest forest of fir and pine and its dominant theme are narrow fairways framed by towering trees that reach to the heavens. To strip Sahalee of its trees would be to shave Samson of his locks.

100 Greatest History: Ranked 1977-2014 and since 2017. Highest ranking: No. 48, 1989-1990. Previous ranking: No. 108

Panelist comments:
“This epitomizes Northwest tree-lined golf at its best. The towering evergreens line every hole making keeping the ball in the fairway imperative, which is not easy considering how tight it is off nearly every tee. Greens have enough slope to make approach shot strategy a crucial part of the game.”

“The North course doesn't have any weak holes. All very defined and carved through the great Northwest. The design variety was stellar for what you would expect to be similar looks off each tee -- didn't feel that way.”

“One of the most wooded and lush-green courses I’ve ever played. Aesthetics are very special and walking the course is extremely memorable. Greens are generally small but circulation around the greens allows good air flow.”

“Sahalee is a well-conditioned course that provides a stern test to the golfer. You are required to either work your shots left and right, or keep the ball ultra-straight.”

“Holes 3 on South and 2 on the North have large trees in the middle of the fairways. This seemed repetitive to have this on two holes on the course -- and didn't offer much reward as opposed to the risk.”

Rob Perry

Sahalee CC North Course Hole No. 7

Rob Perry

Sahalee CC North Course Hole No. 9

Rob Perry

Sahalee CC South Course Hole No. 8

Rob Perry

Sahalee CC South Course Hole No. 9