MAY 26, 1997

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Golf-In' the Northwest: Hasta la vista, baby!

golf by Chuck Reidt
The two most famous Arnolds would love Harbour Pointe Golf Course. First, because it's a spectacular site on which to build a golf course, offering sweeping Puget Sound panoramas. The other Arnold would appreciate the challenge and danger present on virtually every hole. If you can't direct your golf shot, consider a good score "terminated."
   Harbour Pointe Golf Course, built in 1989, is located in Mukiteo. The course offers five sets of tees; my suggestion is that better players should play from the blue or black tees to minimize hitting through safe landing areas.
   I can't remember a golf course where course knowedge is more important. The two nines are very different. The front nine has tighter landing areas with water on eight of the holes; the back nine has water on No. 10 only. The fairways are less trouble, but they also resist low scores. The beauty of this nine is the phenomenal view of Puget Sound, a perfect complement and contrast to the front nines.
   The course is in good condition with the fairway grass thick enough to cause the ball to sit up; the rough is moderate enough to permit a near normal shot. The greens are splotchy due to overseeding the original bent grass with poa trivials, a NW hybrid grass. The greens are firm and putt well. Ultimately, they will be superior, due to the new grass seed.
   The par threes are not long, but each is interesting, particularly No. 7, which is surrounded by water and marsh. The par fives are also modest in length, with No. 6 a personal favorite. A good drive positions you behind a marsh that segments the fairway offering the temptation of a good second shot to clear the marsh enticing those with weak minds to go for the green.
   The most heralded hole is No. 11, the tee box facing westerly to the Puget Sound and Whidbey Island, a view unmatched by any course in our area. The hole itself requires either a mid-iron to the edge of the steep ridge above the green, or a roll-the-dice wood to the green. No. 11 is truly unique.
   Each round at Harbour Pointe will improve your understanding, appreciation and success.

Harbour Pointe Golf Course
   11817 Harbour Pointe Blv., Mukiteo, WA 98275
   Par: 72.
   Yardage: 4,842 to 6,862 yds.
   Rating: (Blue) 71.6; Slope 130 (White) (69.7).
   Green fees: week $42, weekend $47, twilight (4:30 p.m.) $22.
   Cart: $26.