Wayne Golf Course in Bothell, WA
16721 96 Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011-1602 , Tel : 425-485-6327
We spent 2 weeks in WA, where I used to live. As a matter of fact I spent over 15 years there. Living, working and playing golf. Wayne Golf Course in Bothell , WA exists since 1931 and so it came with no surprise that even my grandpa used to play there. Back then I played here at least 1 time a week and I have many good and fun memories.
So we decided to go back and see how it looks like right now.
We played two rounds, one in the late afternoon and one in the morning. Since I am writing about the course it does not matter and so I will take the late afternoon round.
Being out and about doing some shopping and so on we decided to stop by at Wayne Golf Course to check out if we could get on to play a quick 18. Driving on to the parking lot everything looked exactly like many years ago. Gravel parking and about half the lot was occupied. We went straight to the counter and asked if we could play. The young man behind the counter said it was not a problem and told us the rates. 20 $ plus 3.20 $ for a pull cart. Including taxes that was not too bad. We were thinking about riding, but in WA carts are super expensive. At Wayne you would pay 21 $ each to ride. Ridiculous I must say.
I asked the young man if it is busy out there and if we are going to make it. It was about 5 pm when we got there. He said , it is not a problem and not too many players were out there.
We got our equipment and were off to number 1. We only waited a few and were ready to go.
The front nine number 1 is a shot of the mat, so have a short tee ready to be able to have a good tee shot. The first 4 holes are on the flat side of the course while the second 5 holes are on the hill side. The front nine is the longer of the both. Fairways here are OK. The are green and run well ( in summer time that is). Hole 5, 6, 7 are along the hill and a little demanding when you walk. Steep and hilly with a couple blind shots. If you have troubles walking I highly recommend to either rent a cart or not play. The back nine is very hilly as well.
The views on the front nine are nice. There is a stream going through the course where you can see boats coming along and much more. You actually do not feel like being so close to Bothell at all. The greens were actually in great shape. Not very fast but well taken care off.
Once you finished the longer front 9 you need to walk over the bridge to get to the back 9. Riding a cart is interesting as well as you have to actually drive on the street. But the course is there for so many years and decades, that you do not have to worry about it.
The back 9 is much tighter and much shorter. It has 3 par 4s and 6 par 3s. All tee shots are made from matts. So be prepared with short tees if you do not feel comfortable to hit irons of the matts. Again the landscape is very nice. Fairways on this side are OK. 10 and 11 are a little different. There is a lot of apple trees on the right side and those trees lose lots of colored leaves in which it might be hard to find your balls. However, it also makes for a nice atmosphere.
This is not an easy nine. Your shots need to be as accurate as possible. But do not get stressed out, there is trees to protect you ( or to get you in trouble). There is no sand traps , but some water you have to hit over and some ditches. But nothing to dangerous.
It took us about 3 ½ hours to play and we thought that was slow because we had slow players in front of us. At the same time I think you will never take more than 4 hours.
After the round we put our stuff in the car and went inside for a beer. The clubhouse looked as it always did. The bar was renovated and they had more outside seating.
It was nice , cozy and clean . I had a Stella and Christiane a Bud Light. The beer was cold and the prices were not bad either. The server was very friendly and took good care of us. At the same time there was only 4 other people there, so it was not exactly a challenge to do so.
Overall we were satisfied with our afternoon round. The course was in OK shape and the service was good. The price was fair. We had a good time and planned to play again. Which we did a few days later with yet an extra player and our experience was as good as the first time. Only the second time our 3rd player actually rented a cart and my mother got to ride for free ( which usually would have been 21 $ just to ride along).
If you are in Bothell or the area and want to play a quick 18 on a challenging short course, Wayne Golf Course might be what you are looking for. A simple, short course with decent fairways and good greens. There is no driving range to warm up but a nice putting green to get some feel.
I know we will be back when we are in the area. Following are some photos from the course and the score card.
Wayne Golf Course , Bothell - Parking Lot and Clubhouse
Counter and shop in club house - they have some merchandise
View of landscape on back 9 of Wayne Golf Course
View on 17s green on back 9 from bridge with some of the many birds you will see
Wayne Golf Course - Course lay out
*Par value varies depending on tee boxes used.