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Monday, November 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Cranbrook-area golf courses offer an easy getaway in Canadian Rocky Mountains

A little over three hours’ drive from my doorstep, maybe another 25 minutes from downtown Spokane? Doable. Scenic? Try gorgeous. Affordable? Check, particularly with the favorable exchange rate.


St. Eugene golf course in Cranbrook, B.C., goes above and beyond as a destination

St. Eugene meets all the requirements of a destination golf course. And then some.


Wildstone Golf Course in Cranbrook, B.C., boasts marvelous scenery and layout

Wildstone was on my good side before I took my first swing. We drove past seven deer meandering through the trees adjacent to the entrance road.


Shadow Mountain Golf Club in Cranbrook, B.C., has some picture-perfect holes

Shadow Mountain has 19 holes – a par-3 19th was built on some extra land near the 17th green – and several, particularly Nos. 15 and 17, will reserve space …


Check out our recently updated list of area golf course pricing and availability

We’ve updated our annual directory of area golf courses with contact information, greens fees and convenient web links.


Designer Jones Jr. says golfers need to be creative at Chambers Bay

With each passing day before the U.S. Open in June, Robert Trent Jones Jr. becomes more popular with professional golfers. “They’re certainly inquisitive,” said Jones, whose company designed Chambers Bay …


Ladenburg realizes dream of hosting U.S. Open at Chambers Bay

John Ladenburg didn’t take up golf until he was in his early 50s. Slow-pitch softball was his game and he played for the Family, featuring his eight brothers and assorted …


How to get to U.S. Open at Chambers Bay

More than 21,000 satellite parking spots will be available at two primary lots. Parking and shuttle service to the championship grounds are free. Nearly 300 shuttle buses will run continuously …


Chambers Bay emerged from winter in excellent condition

Ask Chambers Bay director of agronomy Eric Johnson if the course will be brown, green or a mixture of both for the U.S. Open and he’ll defer to Mother Nature. …


Tricky tee shot on 9th

If you’ve played Chambers Bay, you’re familiar with the dramatic elevation changes. The par-3 ninth provides a perfect example. The scenic hole originates from one of the highest points on …


‘Chambers Basement’ bunker unique feature of Chambers Bay

Roughly 120 yards from the 18th green rests a wicked, sunken bunker nicknamed “Chambers Basement.” It figures to could come into play more when the hole is played as a …


U.S. Open at Chambers Bay: Take a seat

There will be bleacher seating for 18,000 at various locations on the course. If the tournament comes down to the final hole on Sunday, there will be 5,834 grandstand seats …


Variables can change overnight at Chambers Bay

Symbolic of Chambers Bay’s flexibility, Nos. 1 and 18 will alternate as par 4s and par 5s. For example, if No. 1 is set up as a 496-yard par 4, …


Fox replaces NBC for U.S. Open airing

Goodbye Dan Hicks, Johnny Miller and Roger Maltbie. Hello Joe Buck, Greg Norman and Juli Inkster. Fox spent $1 billion for the rights to televise 12 years of USGA championships, …


Some pros not happy with ‘ribbon tees’

You’ll probably see the phrase “ribbon tees” in print or hear it during the telecast of the U.S. Open. It refers to tee boxes and the surrounding area being cut …


Tacoma’s Chambers Bay first in Northwest to host U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – United States Golf Association executive director Mike Davis takes these phone calls all the time. It usually begins with someone telling Davis, “I’ve got the perfect …


‘Simple’ ride ropes you in

Rope Rider is billed as being slightly easier than Prospector. That’s probably true on a calm day, but it didn’t seem that way when the wind picked up midway through …


Resorting to adventure

It wasn’t a typical 18-hour day – 3-hour drive, 18 holes of golf, food, another 18 holes, more food and a 3-hour drive home. But it was worth every minute …


Delving into the greenery

This scenic track isn’t quite as long as Rope Rider, but what it lacks in length it makes up for with plentiful bunkers and complex greens. We played the back …


Golf: Area golfers with LPGA ties

Area LPGA Tour ties Former Washington State Cougar Kim Welch earned her 2013 LPGA Tour card by finishing tied for 11th with ex-Idaho Vandal Kayla Mortellaro at Qualifying School in …


Golf: County streamlines tee time, discount card systems

The golf bag has been removed from deep inside the storage closet. The tire pressure on the three-wheel cart meets specifications. The grooves on the irons have been scrubbed clean. …


Golf: Former Idaho player Kayla Mortellaro follows path to LPGA she saw as youngster

Tom Mortellaro flipped on the television to the Golf Channel, new to the airwaves in the mid 1990s, intent on improving his game and learning more about the swing. Without …


Golf: Druids Glen serves up satisfaction with polish and picturesque layout

When playing a golf course for the first time you always come away with at least one valid gripe, right? Too expensive. Mundane layout. Too tough. Not tough enough. Dreadful …


Golf: Twists and turns of Chambers Bay link golfers to purest form of game

The pro shop is situated high above the golf course and provides a panoramic view of what awaits a first-time visitor. Below sits a moonscape of dunes and mounds, knobs …


Crossing over to Western Washington shortens golfer’s want list

I grew up in Western Washington so I’m familiar with many of the golf courses on that side of the state. I was fortunate to play Sahalee, site of the …


Golf: Difficult Washington National gives nothing away

Maybe a C or C-minus. No, not the golf course’s grade. My grade.


Davis Love III ponders captain’s picks for Ryder Cup

Davis Love III is already thinking about Sept. 3. That’s the night before he will announce his four captain’s picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. It’s also the night …


Variety of gems all sparkle at BanBury GC in Eagle, Idaho

It probably says a lot about BanBury’s layout and playability that I toured the last nine holes in a wind tunnel and still thoroughly enjoyed this challenging course in Eagle, …


Falcon Crest GC in Kuna, Idaho, a beautiful sprawl

This sprawling, 36-hole complex sits just outside Boise in Kuna, but it’s only a 15-20 minute drive from downtown. The 18-hole track is Falcon Crest, a diverse layout with one …


Quail Hollow GC near Boise not short on decisions

Your first decision comes before your first swing. Hole No. 1 is a 277-yard par 4. There are a series of bunkers left, trouble right, a pond in front of …