Quality Courses Are Par for the Course in Puyallup
The popularity of golf in the region continues to rise because of the top-notch courses in the Puyallup and Sumner area.
“Some of the nicest golf destinations in the entire Pacific Northwest are situated in Puyallup, Sumner and Orting,” says Shelly Shepherd, events coordinator with the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce.
One of those venues is Sumner Meadows Golf Links, an 18-hole par 72 course that would make the Scottish inventors of golf proud. The links course features amenities such as deep bunkers, smallish greens, some thick rough and a flat landscape that makes the ball roll a long way in the fairways.
“The chamber is hosting our first-ever golf tournament in 2008, and we have decided to have it at Sumner Meadows,” Shepherd says. “It’s just a nice course nestled in a beautiful valley, plus it is open year round to the public. And before I forget, let me remind everyone that our inaugural chamber golf tournament will take place June 5, 2008.”
In Orting, High Cedars Golf Club boasts two scenic sites – an 18-hole Cedars course along with a nine-hole Executive Nine layout. The 18-hole Cedars course opened in 1971 and is a par 71 measuring 6,436 yards, while the Executive Nine opened in 1990 and is a cozy 1,566-yard par 29.
“High Cedars is in the shadow of Mount Rainier, which makes their two courses that much nicer to play,” Shepherd says.
Meanwhile, Puyallup is home to four nine-hole golf courses, with one operating as private and the other three public. Linden Golf & Country Club is a private facility that opened in 1926 and measures 3,075 yards with a par of 36. Lipoma Firs Golf Course is a public facility that includes three individual nine-hole layouts that can be played in three different 18-hole combinations. The Blue course at Lipoma Firs is a par 36 that measures 3,385 yards, while the Green course is a 3,302-yard par 36, and the Gold course is a 3,420-yard par 36. In all, golf course owners in Puyallup, Sumner and Orting estimate that more than 100,000 rounds of golf are played at all of these aforementioned venues each year.
“The Puyallup/Sumner area is growing, and enthusiasm for golf is growing right along with the increasing population,” Shepherd says. “It also helps when you have Mount Rainier, a Scottish links layout and the overall beauty of the Northwest. It’s easy to get excited about golf venues when you have the courses that we have here.”