Bellingham Golf

If you think “tee time” means a walk on the links, then you’ve come to the right place! Whatcom County has some of the finest public golf courses and championship-caliber private courses in Western Washington. There are 14 courses in Whatcom County – the most per capita in the state – that have earned accolades from major golf magazines, travel publications, and that have hosted many pro and amateur tournaments. Many offer private lessons and golfers can play year-round as well. Just remember that if you are teeing off in the winter months, be prepared to get a little wet even if you can steer clear of water hazards. The courses offer a wide variety of play and nearly all of the courses offer stunning views of Mount Baker or the San Juan Islands.

Bellingham Golf & Country Club
3729 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Nestled in the heart of the city, Bellingham Golf & Country Club offers the convenience of accessibility, the benefits of a private club, and the beauty of a historical site. Our 18-hole Championship Golf Course is expertly maintained to ensure year round play in the Pacific Northwest climate.

The Hitting Zone
2421 Rimland Drive
Bellingham, WA 98226

Located in the heart of Barkley Village, The Hitting Zone is Bellingham’s premier golf driving range. With quality facilities and professional service, it is the perfect place for a golf excursion.

Lake Padden Golf Course
4882 Samish Way
Bellingham, WA 98226

Rated by Golf Digest as one of the best municipal courses in the state, Lake Padden is a beautiful 18-hole golf course carved out of a second growth forest. A full service facility offering complete practice facilities, golf lessons, snack bar with big screen TV, and club rentals.

New World Golf
5022 Guide Meridian
Bellingham, WA 98226

Golf does not need to be expensive or time consuming. You can complete nine holes in 40 minutes. This is a great way to practice your short game or learn how to play golf. Our covered driving range keeps you out of the weather so you can practice all-year round.

North Bellingham Golf Course
205 West Smith Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

This high quality 18-hole public golf facility has flowering meadows and gently rolling fairways. Golfers will enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Baker while being challenged by the prevailing winds sweeping across the landscape of this “Real Scottish Style Links Course.”

Raspberry Ridge Golf Course
6827 Hannegan Road
Everson, WA 98247

This 9-hole, par 34 course was built on the area’s natural topography, giving it superior drainage and the ability to stay open in the rainy winter months. There are open fairways, well-bunkered greens, and some fun challenges. Good for all skill levels in any season.

Semiahmoo Resort Golf
9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy
Blaine, WA 98230

Semiahmoo Resort delivers two of Washington’s top public courses as rated by Golf Digest in 2005. Choose the number one rated Loomis Trail Golf Club for its consistently smooth, fast greens, with water coming into play on every hole. Or choose the number three rated Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club for its immaculately manicured fairways and stunningly contoured greens, designed by Arnold Palmer. After play, retreat to the resort’s extraordinary seaside hotel and spa.

Shuksan Golf Club
1500 E Axton Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

Named after one of the Cascade Peaks in the near distance, Shuksan is a course that varies over 100 feet in elevation. The layout occupies a rural setting split by Ten Mile Creek, which meanders through the fairways with alarming regularity. With terrain ranging from steep ridges to gentle meadows, the 6,737 yard course provides 18 distinct landscape canvases on which to paint your own masterpiece.

Sudden Valley Golf Course & Country Club
4 Clubhouse Circle
Bellingham, WA 98229

The front nine is relatively open and borders the shores of Lake Whatcom. Fairway landing areas are relatively generous and the greens are large. However, the back nine follows a ridge uphill with narrow evergreen-fringed fairways and smaller greens that have more character. Sudden Valley is considered a true masterpiece stressing finesse and accuracy with water hazards on 14 of the 18 holes and some 47 bunkers sprinkled throughout the course. It’s a golfing experience you will not soon forget!

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