NCGA Golf

Summer 2018

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1 8 5 5 6 1 7 5 7 0 1 e n qu i r i e s @ c ar r g o l f . c om c ar r g o l f . c om Mike Robinson, Olympic Club & Mayacama Golf Club "My experience with Carr Golf has been nothing short of amazing! eir attention to detail and de touch in planning and executing trips puts all emphasis on just enjoying the trip itself. Of special note is the personal service provided by the Carr team on the ground - always available, always helpful, always a special and welcome touch!" A LINKS ESCAPE L I V E O N T H E E D G E W I T H Specializing in Workers' Compensation Property & Casualty Advanced Claims Service Bilingual Loss Control (PSOR\HH%HQHÀWV Pat Hoffman • Keith Schuler Tony Pozas • Tom Hughes (800) 873-3725 CA DOI License #0B01094 | www.iwins.com Serving clubs' needs since 1987 LТºĴļĽãĮčŅ×ãčŅĽļøéÎčĮąé Among the more distinctive holes, and there are many on this majestic spread, is the second, a (potentially) drivable par 4. Err on the side of cautious? Not me. It's a casino course, so I gambled, taking an aggressive line over a bunker and flirting with a hazard line. I hammered my drive on to a green laced with bold, provocative contours and faced a downhill eagle putt that was slick but not terrifying in its speed- iness. I missed the putt but still celebrated my only birdie of the day as if I had just pulled blackjack. It is a well-designed hole, rewarding those attempting the heroic carry while also leaving an option for those unwilling to assume the risk. It is paramount to get off to a fast start at Salish Cliffs because the challenge stiff- ens quickly at the third, a brute of a par 3 that plays downhill into a prevailing wind. From the tips, it stretches 291 yards and forced head pro David Kass to rip driver. A par here is to be cherished. And so it goes on a layout cut through a beautiful pine forest with panoramic views of Kamilche Valley. What I liked was how on many holes, Bates's design entices a golfer to flirt with danger to gain the preferred angle of attack to the green. He is a master in the art of illusion, making it look more intimidating from the tees than it actually plays. Approach shots must be pin-pointed to well-protected greens, many with intricate, jagged-edge bunkering that often had me in a pickle. Equal attention to detail has been paid to the resort's other amenities. I stayed in the recently renovated wing in a well- appointed room. You won't go hungry here, especially if you're a seafood lover. The oysters at Squaxin Island Seafood Bar are as fresh as if shucked in front of you at Pike Place Market. Whether ordering a burger at the clubhouse, Sockeye Salmon at The Island Grille or capping off a great day with a libation or a smoke at Skookum Cigar Lounge, I couldn't go wrong. My golf massage at the Seven Inlets Spa put me into such a heavenly state of tranquility and relaxation that I needed to be awakened at the end of the session. All that I knew was my body felt rejuvenated and my adventures in the Pacific North- west had surpassed my wildest dreams.

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