Driving Corridor

May 31, 2013 12:00 a.m.  •  1 comment

The signs pop up every hour or so along Interstate 90 west toward Snoqualmie Pass. A brown recreation sign with a golf bag and clubs. An exit for Golf Course Road. S-R sports reporter Jim Meehan and freelancer and former S-R staff photographer Christopher Anderson stopped in Cle Elum, in Ellensburg, twice in Moses Lake and in Ritzville to check out the courses.

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Ritzville


The nine hole course at Ritzville is a great spot to stop and break up a trip to Seattle or the Tri-Cities with a little golf.

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A swing and extensive landscaping frame the teebox on one hole at the Ritzville nine hole course.

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Moses Lake


The Moses Lake Golf Club is a private course that will accept a few public players on a limited basis.

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A golfer warms up on the range at the Moses Lake Golf Club before heading out for a round.

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A spray plane works on mosquito control on the open standing water ponds next to the Moses Lake Golf Club.

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Beautiful stone tee markers are just one of the many fine details that make the Moses Lake Golf Club one of the best prepared courses in the area.

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Beautiful homes of every style and size line the Moses Lake Golf Club course, but they are set back from the fairways enough to avoid being a distraction to the golf.

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A piece of metallic art frames the clubhouse at the Moses Lake Golf Club. The course is one of the more immaculate and well decorated courses in the area.

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Iris and other flowering plants frame the number ten tee at the Moses Lake Golf Club.

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Well aged and weathered large trees frame and shape the fairways at Moses Lake Golf Club.

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Interstate 90 is just one bad hook shot away on some of the holes at Moses Lake Golf Club.

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A golfer lines up his third shot into the green with a house framing the pin at Moses Pointe Golf Resort.

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A cart stands at the ready off a green at Moses Pointe Golf Resort.

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The nineth hole at Moses Pointe Golf Resort is protected by water in front and traps on the other sides.

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A fenceline frames one of the teeboxes at Moses Pointe Golf Resort.

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Blue wildflowers frame the 18th green at at Moses Pointe Golf Resort.

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Fairway sand traps define the 18t hole at Moses Pointe Golf Resort.

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Lots of sunshine and blue sky are the hallmarks of golf in the Moses Lake area at Moses Pointe Golf Resort.

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Heavy rough and foliage divides the holes at Moses Pointe Golf Resort.

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Ellensburg


The Ellensburg Golf Course is a nine hole track with several tee boxes and is dotted with water hazards in the form of wetlands, streams and a rather swift running river.

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A large irrigation canal splits the Ellensburg Golf Course lending an interestin water shot from the tee box on the second hole.

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Views of the huge wind turbines can be enjoyed at several of the holes at the Ellensburg Golf Course.

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The flags stand stiff in the wind blowing across the putting green at the Ellensburg Golf Course.

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Tee markers at the Ellensburg Golf Course are showing the wear and tear of the the well used track.

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The Ellensburg Golf Course is a no-frills nine hole course that has minimal elevation changes.

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Small traps guard many of the greens at the nine hole Ellensburg Golf Course.

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The Ellensburg WA golf course is a no-frills 9 hole course that has minimal elevation changes.

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Cle Elum


Sun Country Golf Course is carved out of the mountains surrounding Cle Elum. The 18 hole course has been described as a ” shotmakers” track with deep rough and small greens. With plenty of elevation change, the scenery is spectacular.

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Homes of every size, type and description can be seen while playing Sun Country Golf Course in Cle Elum. This rustic appearing cabin frames one of the opening holes on the front nine of the panoramic course.

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Golfers make their way up a heavily wooded trail from the first green to the second tee box and Sun Country Golf Course in Cle Elum.

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Many of the holes at Sun Country have water hazards lurking around the greens and they force a layup or carry decision for your second shot.

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Sun Country Golf Course is carved out of the mountains surrounding Cle Elum. The 18 hole course has been described as a ” shotmakers” track with deep rough and small greens. Golfers are shown walking to their second shots on the dogleg left second hole.

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Sun Country Golf Course is carved out of the mountains surrounding Cle Elum. Three holes play side to side down a dramatic elevation change and under powerlines.

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A storm moves thru the Cle Elu area as golfers play the Sun Country Golf Course recently. With several holes playing side to side down this dramatic elevation change you can see a great swath of the Snowqualamie Pass.

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Trees frame one of the lush green tee boxes of Sun Country Golf Course in Cle Elum.

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The 18th tee at Sun Country Golf Course in Cle Elum features an island and forced carry over water.

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The undulating terrain of Sun Country Golf Course is framed in the many trees that require the golfer to think their way around the course rather than just blast away with driver.

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The pin on this elevated tee at Sun Country Golf Course in Cle Elum shows the dramatic elevation change anyone needs to overcome to score.

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Water in the form of streams and ponds can be found on many of the holes at Sun Country Golf Course in Cle Elum. Ample sand traps add to the dangers of trying to hit this green in regulation.

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Some of the water hazards are partially hidden from sight in the fairways at Sun Country Golf Course in Cle Elum. This pond protects one side of this green while sand traps frame the other side.

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