Salish Cliffs Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Gene Bates in 2011

Cost:  $52.00 - $89.00 (includes range, GPS cart, tax) Click for current rates

Phone Number:  (360) 462-3673

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Salish Cliffs' official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 91 West State Route 108, Shelton, WA 98584

Photos:  See additional photos of Salish Cliffs

Accolades:  Ranked 6th in Washington on Golf Digest's 2013-14 Best in State list. Ranked 9th and 3rd in Washington respectively on Golf Magazine's and Golfweek's 2013 Best Public Courses list.

Signature Hole:  1st - 532 Yard Par 5

1st Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (532 Yard Par 5)
1st Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (532 Yard Par 5)

What to Expect:  Salish Cliffs is a Gene Bates design located just north of Olympia on the Squaxin Island Indian reservation. Bates was given a 320 acre canvas in which to layout the course and did an excellent job of creating a design that capitalizes on the natural terrain with a variety of challenges. The course enjoys a combination of open feeling holes as well as isolated holes carved through the trees. The height and thickness of the trees provide a secluded and intimate feeling during the round which adds to the overall enjoyment. The elevation changes found in the routing provide dramatic and intriguing shots while the bunkering is as attractive as it is challenging. Conditioning throughout the course is flat out superb with smooth, true rolling greens and well groomed fairways. GPS carts are provided to patrons of Salish Cliffs as walking would be quite the challenge given the terrain. Those familiar with Circling Raven, another Bates design found on the Coeur d'Alene Indian reservation in Northern Idaho, will see similarities between the two tracks and likely find them equally enjoyable. The course is affiliated with the neighboring Little Creek Casino Resort where stay and play packages can be booked and you can indulge in the various dining, spa, and entertainment options provided.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship 72 7269 75.2 140
Tournament 72 6766 72.6 133
Players 72 6312 70.5 128
Masters 72 5848 68.3 123
Forward (Women) 72 5313 70.7 125


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  17th - 161 Yards

17th Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (161 Yard Par 3)
17th Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (161 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  14th - 437 Yards

14th Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (437 Yard Par 4)
14th Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (437 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  18th - 537 Yards

18th Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (537 Yard Par 5)
18th Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (537 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  2nd - 305 Yard Par 4

2nd Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (305 Yard Par 4)
2nd Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (305 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  3rd - 291 Yard Par 3

3rd Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (291 Yard Par 3)
3rd Hole at Salish Cliffs Golf Club (291 Yard Par 3)

Final Cut:    Grade B+

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