JUNE 2, 1997

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Golf-In' the Northwest: Snohomish G.C. Homeboy

golf by Chuck Reidt
Built in 1967 on what was a treeless dairy farm, Snohomish G.C., just north and east of the town of Snohomish, has evolved into a densely treed golf course popular with local golfers. Over the years, I've played more rounds here than any other course. I've never tired of playing Snohomish with its solid layout that is both interesting and challenging.
   The course is long, 6,315 yards from the white tees. It has wide tree-lined fairways whose conditions vary from soft (winter) to perfect (now) to hard (late summer.) The greens are large and, with the exception of numbers 5, 6, and 8, are flat. Usually in superb shape, they suffered some winter damage, but are rapidly improving. You won't be disappointed with their current condition. Sixteen of the greens have sand bunkers; they're moderate in size, and their placement isn't very harsh.
   The par fours are the strength of the course. Four of them are over 400 yards in length from the white tees. Numbers 14, 15, and 16 average 411 yards and are considered the Amen Corner of the course. The par fives are very good. Numbers 7 and 10 are reachable in two for those with a little extra length; your best scoring opportunities should come here.
   The par threes aren't long. No. 5 at 165 yards (247 yards from the Griffey tees) is the longest and the toughest to putt. On two of the par threes, you're hitting up to elevated greens. On the other two, you're hitting from elevated tees down to the green, a nice mix.
   There are three very fine putting and chipping greens next to the clubhouse. The driving range is a large, grass area (whose turf could be improved) near the first tee--very convenient. Overall, a nice practice facility.
   If you haven't played Snohomish G.C., now is an optimum time; it's easy on the commute and on your wallet. Any good score here will be a worthwhile achievement.

Snohomish G.C.
   7806 147th Ave SE, Snohomish, WA
   Par: 72.
   Rating 117, Slope 69.8, Whites.
   Yardage: Front tees, 5,980; Middle, 6,315; Back, 6,858.
   Green Fees: Weekdays $21.50; Weekends $27.00.
   Range Balls: Lg., $4.00.
   Cart Rental: $22.50.