The Stanwood, Wash., municipal golf course is planning $500,000 of improvements over the next three years. The 6,719-yard golf course’s updates will include leveling and expanding tee boxes, as well as updates to the clubhouse.
Kayak Point Golf Course in Stanwood, Wash., is poised to invest $500,000 into the 260-acre property over the next three years, World Golf reported.
General Manager Steve Stensland said he remembers the early days of Kayak Point Golf Course back in its prime. “It was the public guy’s private club in the trees,” he said. “It was incredibly maintained.”
Improvements will include leveling and expanding tee boxes and updates to the clubhouse. The 6,719-yard municipal golf course, which was designed by Ronald Fream in 1977, roams through some of the tallest trees in the Pacific Northwest. The peaceful setting attracts golfers seeking refuge from the city. Kayak Point is located roughly 50 miles north of Seattle, World Golf reported.
Seattle resident Doug Days, who played the Kayak Point on July 4, considers the layout a fun challenge, World Golf reported.
“I would play here all the time. It’s got a great variety of holes,” Days said. “It feels different all the time. What we like is if you pay $50, you don’t hear anything. When you play in Seattle, you hear the freeway and the noise.”
Players begin their descent into the forest at the first tee with a par 4 that tumbles downhill off a ridge. This high point houses the clubhouse and impacts three holes. The par-4 10th hole provides the same opportunity as the first, the chance to bomb a tee shot downhill. That advantage is offset by the arduous climbs back uphill on the par-5 ninth hole and the par-4 18th hole, which plays like a par 5, World Golf reported.
During the round, golfers encounter some rugged terrain, random boulders, just 34 bunkers (most near the greens) and thousands of old growth firs and cedars that dictate the lines of play, World Golf reported.
“Those trees feel taller than skyscrapers,” Stensland said.
The par-5 second hole doglegs hard right after an elevated tee shot. The unique eighth hole climbs uphill to a ridge before dropping to a blind, severely slanted green guarded by a front trap, World Golf reported.
“There are a lot of risk-reward shots,” Stensland said. “You don’t need a driver on most of the holes, but it’s fun to challenge those doglegs and try to reach those par 5s in two.”
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