Mulkiteo, WA - About an hour north of Seattle in the town of Mulkiteo lies one of the hidden gems of golf in Washington. Harbour Pointe does not come up in conversation when great golf courses in Washington are mentioned, which is a large oversight and may be due to its relative newness.
Designed by Arthur Hills around water and views, Harbour Pointe is an intelligent golf destination.
I had played Harbour Pointe years ago and had few memories of it, but as I drove up to the brand new beautiful clubhouse, I got the feeling that Harbour Pointe had matured into a great course. Head professional Mark Rhodes and the whole staff create a friendly atmosphere. The course is in simply perfect condition, greens are flawless and true and every hole seems to be lovingly maintained.
From the whites, the course plays a challenging 6534 yards, while from the championship tees most anyone's game will be tested playing the course at 6860 yards. Long hitters have little advantage, with accuracy being paramount for good lay-ups and hitting small fast greens.
Eight of the first nine holes have water on them which creates both beautiful and challenging golf. The course winds through a marsh that instead of being artificially contained, is left mostly natural and lends much aesthetic beauty to the course.
I was quite amazed how most every hole on the front side had a bridge on it to get around the ever present water.
Certainly the most memorable hole on the front nine is the 134 yard par three seventh. Surrounded by water, players hit into a shallow green which can become diabolical if the pin is in the far back, making players hit an almost perfect shot. The challenge of the golf hole is complemented by the natural beauty of the wetlands. As I approached the green, I was greeted by a family of Geese with chicks that could not have been more than a few days old patrolling the rough.
Number eight is a good indicator of the entire golf course. Just 349 yards long but with water to carry over and water beyond the fairway if one hits their drive too far. The hole is short and quirky from the whites and readily rewards good shots. From the blues it becomes more difficult with more accuracy being required.
The front side has water and the backside has hills. The back side bring you closer to the Puget Sound and has you come in contact with more houses. The back nine is longer so you can finally hit the driver. The backside has many holes that look hard off the tee but play easily enough.
Number ten is a wide par five that gives you a chance to pull the driver out and give it a ride. With a well hit tee shot it is not too difficult to navigate a green with water on the right for a chance at eagle. Stopping near the pin is always difficult with fast undulating greens.
Hole number eleven is probably one of the most beautiful in Washington. The tee box sits on top of a hill with a view of Whidbey Island and the Puget Sound. My partner and I spent a good minute or two simply taking the sights in. The hole itself is a short par four that funnels down a large hill to the green.
Longer players can probably reach this green with good bounce but the safe play is to lay up with a iron to the top of the hill and take a short iron down to the green.
My worst hole of the day was the 16th, a 135 yard par three. I came up short and to the right in a trap with the green probably eight feet over my head and just eight feet of green to work with.
My miss-hit would cost me an impossible up and down and I had to think seriously about hitting the ball sideways to give myself a chance at bogey. Much like the whole course, errant shots can be very costly.
Harbour Pointe golf course is a good example of combining the natural esthetic, a beautiful golf course, and fitting houses in with taste. Harbour Pointe is a great way to spend a warm summer Washington day, taking in the views and chasing a ball around.
Neither the views or the golf are likely to disappoint. For tee times and more information contact:
Harbour Pointe Golf Club,
11817 Harbour Pointe Boulevard,
Mulkiteo, Washington, 98275,