MAY 5, 1997

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Golf-In' the Northwest: A Capitol Idea!

golf by Chuck Reidt
Standing on the tee box of the 525-yd. #1, buffeted by intermittent winds, and looking ahead at what appeared an endless par five, I realized my memory of the golf course was as dim and clouded as the day's overcast weather.
   What I rediscovered during last week's rain-soaked round of golf at Capitol City G.C. was just how enjoyable it is to play. This Lacey-area golf course is a level, well-conditioned tract that is reputed (correctly so) as being the region's best wet weather course. Built in 1961, this classic design course features wide, tree-lined fairways that wander through a development of modest homes, giving it an almost-country-club look and feel.
   The fast, mature greens were in excellent condition; they are medium size and generally level without much slope. Sand traps are plentiful at Capitol City; the greens are heavily bunkered, and most fairways have traps in the landing areas. The sand traps are large and contoured; filled deep with a course textured sand that plays great in wet conditions.
   The par threes are good length; ranging from 160 to 180 yds. from the middle tees, while the par fives vary from the long imposing first hole to the short, vulnerable 455-yd. tenth hole.
   When you visit this course, allow extra time to warm up; the small grass tee driving range is excellent, as are the large practice putting green and the sand trapped chipping green. The practice area is conveniently located next to the clubhouse and the first tee box.
   The course is owned by American Golf Club, a company that owns and manages hundreds of courses nationwide, priding themselves in promoting junior and women's golf programs and maintaining their facilities.
   Make the effort to travel to Lacey to play Capitol City Golf Course; it's a wonderful layout, affordable ($15 weekdays), and there's no better course in wet conditions.

Capitol City G.C. 5225 Yelm Hwy., Olympia, WA
   Phone: (360) 491-5111
   Par: 72
   Rating: 69.2; Slope: 118 (middle tees)
   Yardage: Front, 5,225; Middle, 6,233; Back, 6,533
   Green Fees: $15 M-F, $20 Sat./Sun.
   Practice Balls: $4.00 (large bucket)
   Cart rental: $20