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JULY 28, 1997

Sports

Golf-in': "A River Runs By It"

  by Chuck Reidt
   What's short, an ego booster and in good condition? No, it's not Richard Simmons, but rather a long time Fall City golf course called Snoqualmie Falls.
  
   The 5400 yard par 71 golf links offers golfers of every skill level a relaxing and quite possibly their most rewarding round of golf. Situated on a level wide open tract of land nestled in the foothills of the Cascades and bordered by the Snoqualmie River, Snoqualmie Falls is a "break-through" course, meaning that if you're just beginning to play golf or you're attempting to break through a score barrier into lower numbers, this course offers the best opportunity.
  
   The fairways at Snoqualmie are flat and wide with trees present on every hole, but I would consider it "unlucky" if a wayward shot finds enough trouble to restrict your next shot. The fairway condition is very good; the ball sits up well and promotes a clean hit. The course is firm and will get you extra roll.
  
   With the exception of the perimeter fairway out-of-bounds stakes, the difficulty at Snoqualmie Fall occurs because of very small greens. If you have your short game together, you can feast on the course, but if you're not accurate with short iron approaches or putting lites out, you may end up playing bogey golf.
  
   The small greens are average in conditioning, so don't expect to roll in a true saving putt every time you miss a green. Sand is present on every hole and does come into play; it's a quality texture and not hard to hit from, but you are hitting to a smaller target which will only exacerbate your sand predicament.
  
   The restaurant and outside eating deck are very pleasurable. There is a modest driving range and putting green to warm up on, but not a great facility for serious practice. I would encourage anyone to try Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course; the setting is quiet and scenic, a perfect place for an early evening round. It's the most walkable golf course I know of, and as George Bush was quoted after breaking 80 for the first time at Snoqualmie Falls, "It's a kinder and gentler golf course."
  
   Snoqualmie Fall Golf Course - call for directions (425) 392-1276; Par 71; 18 holes; yardage - Men 5413, Women 5175; Men's Rating 65.3/105, Women 68.9/114; Green fees $22 weekdays, $25 weekdays; carts $22; practice balls - medium $3