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Canyon Lakes Golf Course – Review

October 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Washington Courses

I recently made the short trip over the Cascades to Eastern Washington for a little Tri-Cities golf weekend. The weather was not as nice as I had hoped, with temperatures topping out in the low 50’s and 25-30 mph winds, mother nature didn’t quite cooperate.

Canyon Lakes Hole 4 Canyon Lakes Hole 8

The first course that I played was Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Richland, WA. This course was recommended to me by one of my playing partners in the Seattle, and I appreciated the recommendation. According to their website the course received a four star rating by Gold Digest magazine. While I am not sure I would rate this course as one of my favorite in the Northwest I did enjoy the design and my round. Due to a tournament that day I teed off with some of the regulars as part of a 7:30 am shotgun. It was very cold and quite windy for most of the round.

The course stretches just slightly over 7,000 yards from the tips and just over 5,500 from the front tees. The wind was a challenge for most of the day and after chatting with my playing partners I was told that the wind is regularly pretty strong at the course. It seemed like the course has a pretty large group of regulars that play a lot of golf on the course. I was told by one of my playing partners that the course was originally intended to me an upscale private course when it was first build, but due to a lack of membership the course was sold and became public.

The course opens with two straight forward par 4’s where a tee shot down the left side of the fairway will leave an ideal approach and take tees and bunkers right out of play. The par 5 third provides the first real challenge of the day. It plays at just over 600 from the tips, with water left to challenge that driver early in your round. The saving grace is that there is plenty of room to miss right and I was told the wind does tend to assist this tee shot. The par 4 eighth is a nice slight dogleg left with a tiered green to greet your approach shots. For the long hitters the line off the tee is key to hitting the fairway on this hole. The par 5 ninth was named to the Northwest Dream 18 holes. With a tee shot off an elevated box and homes right a nice stroke down the right side is key. However, with a large slope on the left a slight pull should roll back down into the left rough. The green is slightly elevated with water protecting the entire right side of the green, making an errant approach get gobbled up. I attempted to reach this green in two and hit the back wall of the water, making me wish I had pulled out the 7 iron instead of the 3 wood.

Canyon Lakes Hole 12Canyon Lakes Hole 17

The back nine opens with two par 4’s the second of which is driveable with the wind at your back. I took a 3 wood off the tee and chased the ball up onto the front fringe, providing the group in front of us with a nice surprise. The par 3 twelfth is supposed to be one of the largest greens in the northwest, but plays as a pretty straight forward par 3 from an elevated tee box. The rest of the back nine played fairly typical with the par 4 eighteenth providing a nice finished hole

There were a lot of homes surrounding the course, however I didn’t feel that too many of them came into play. After playing so many rounds in the Seattle area where courses are draped by large mature trees I found Canyon Lakes to be a more open course off the tee. The course provided a nice mix of holes with a fairly challenging layout. The greens played pretty quick, which I have to think could be attributed to the windy conditions. I would imagine that the greens can get pretty slick in the summer time. I wold imagine that without wind the course would not be overly challenging, however the wind will make this course play a lot trickier.


If you are planning a Tri-Cities golf outing I would recommend that you take the time to play a round at Canyon Lakes.

Check out all my photos of this course.

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3 Responses to “Canyon Lakes Golf Course – Review”
  1. Polprav says:

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post “No teme” in your blog with the link to you?

  2. Chris says:

    Feel free to quote me with a link back.


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