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Long and straight

ODESSA, Wash. – Sprawled across 60 acres of relatively flat terrain and located on the eastern edge of town, this 6,305-yard layout ranks among the longest of the small-town courses we visited.

It sits – like so many others – amid the rolling wheat fields.

When we toured it, it was not in fighting shape, due to the club’s limited financial resources and the wet spring weather. Dandelions were going to seed in the rough, and finding even slightly errant tee shots was a chore.

But the course, which opened in 1964, was still fun to play, and provided a variety of challenging holes, most of which play straight away and offer wide inviting fairways that are lightly lined by trees.

Two of the best are the 516-yard, par-5 sixth and the difficult 197-yard par-3 seventh.

In addition, three of the par-4s played over 360 yards to mid-size greens that putt true and are receptive to even long-iron approach shots.

    – Steve Bergum