Wyat Taylor / The Daily Evergreen
If you or your dad enjoy the thrill of hitting tiny balls across large expanses of open ground, some golfing might make for some quality bonding time. Whether your dad golfs like the PGA’s Phil Mickelson or Caddyshack’s Carl Spackler, he can get his fix at one of several local courses:
Palouse Ridge Golf Course, Pullman
The 18-hole Palouse Ridge course opened in August 2008 and offers golf seven days a week, with tee times as early as 7 a.m.
Jeremy Wexler, the course’s head golf professional, described Palouse Ridge as an “inland links-style” course, meaning there are no trees. The course also hits on all skill levels, Wexler said, with five sets of tee markers to choose from.
“Each hole is pretty unique,” Wexler said. “It’s kind of a fast and firm course.”
Palouse Ridge also features a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse with a golf shop and Banyans on the Ridge, a British Colonial-themed steakhouse. There is also a driving range and golf lessons.
The course is usually open from the beginning of March to mid-November, Wexler said. However, It depends on extended weather forecasts. The course often encounters frost delays this time of year, and may close for the season next week, he said. The golf shop and restaurant are open all year.
To see whether the course is open and look for tee times, Wexler recommended calling ahead.
Current green fees for 18 holes, including carts: $49 for non-residents or $29 for students (Monday-Thursday), $69 for the public and $39 for students on weekends.
(509) 335-4342. 1260 NE Palouse Ridge Dr.
Colfax Golf Club, Colfax
This nine-hole course, which opened in 1929, sits near the Palouse River about 15 miles northwest of Pullman.
Your best bet for inexpensive, inclement weather golfing, this course is open year-round from dawn to dusk and requires no scheduled tee times during the winter.
Ed Glaser, manager of the course, said, “As long as there’s no snow, you can play.”
Winter green fees are $11 per nine holes, $15 for 18 holes, or $20 for all-day play. Carts are also available for rental. Glaser said the course’s seventh hole, a par-five, is among the toughest, featuring a creek and a large tree as potential hazards.
The course’s clubhouse, open Tuesday through Saturday, features a full bar, rentable banquet room and kitchen facilities. Although food is limited to snacks, the course is hosting an all-you-can-eat taco feed tonight from 6-8, Glaser said. Cost is $7.
(509) 397-2122. 2402 N. Cedar St.