June 3, 2011 in Sports

Tight fairways a test

 
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The warm-up cage and a well traveled mower frame the first tee at Ritzville.
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Ritzville

Golf Course

104 East 10th Avenue

Ritzville, WA 99169

Phone: (509) 659-9868

Men’s tees

5,597 yards, par 70

Rating/Slope: 66.8/116

Women’s tees

5,597 yards, par 72

Rating/Slope: 72.5/124

RITZVILLE, Wash. – Long noted for the condition of its greens and its tight fairways, Ritzville, is a must-stop on any tour of nine-hole courses in our region.

Originally a six-hole track that opened in 1938, the course was expanded to nine holes in 1943 and now stretches almost 5,600 yards and features three holes that are accessed by crossing a street.

The course’s main defense is its towering trees that line almost every fairway. Unfortunately, about 75 mature black locusts were recently destroyed by locust bore beetles and removed. The city did a splendid job, however, of replacing the diseased trees with nearly mature trees that stand between 15-20 feet tall and allow the course to maintain most of its character.

Two of the most challenging holes on the course are the fifth and sixth, a pair of par-4s that sandwich Division Street and play over 390 yards from the back tees.

In addition, the course features a full-service restaurant and clubhouse.

    – Steve Bergum


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