Wine Valley Golf Club
Walla Walla, WA
Green fees: $45-$75
For tee times call 877-333-9842 or visit winevalleygolfclub.com
Wine Valley is worth
playing just for the alliterative
amusement of announcing that
you’re in Walla Walla, Washington. But that’s not the only reason to trek
to the southeast corner of the state.
Architect Dan Hixson — who crafted
the low-budget, maximum-impact
Bandon Crossings in Oregon — has
etched another lay-of-the-land
beauty in the heart of Washington’s
burgeoning wine-producing region.
The 7,360-yard, par-72 track relies
heavily on the wind, contouring and
strategic bunkering for its challenge,
which puts as much of a premium
on course management as it does
on shotmaking. Houses will sprout
here in time, but for now there’s
nothing to obstruct the lovely
views of the Blue Mountains.