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“Sailgaters” party with the Husky Band before a game in Seattle.

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You think tailgating is fun? Try sailgating. The towering Husky Stadium overlooks Lake Washington, where fans drop anchor and sail- gate just off shore. Want to eventually watch the game? You can catch a ferry from the men’s crew team, or just enjoy the game from your boat—as well as the surrounding view of the Cascades and Mt. Rainier, which is visible from both inside and out- side the stadium. The experience inside

Husky Stadium is just as unique, with stands on each sideline that shoot straight up into the sky. The roof that covers the upper deck also traps crowd noise, send- ing it bouncing back down onto the field at false-start inducing decibels. Husky Stadium was rocking during the Don James era, when Washington won six confer-

ence titles, four Rose Bowls and a national champion- ship, all between 1975-92. If you’re going to see a

game in Seattle, you bet- ter find a way to travel 30 miles south to Tacoma and Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open. The Rob- ert Trent Jones Jr. walking-

Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open, hugs the Puget Sound, yielding vistas of islands, mountains and the occasional orca pod.

only, fescue-covered links course hugs the Puget Sound, yielding vistas of islands, mountains and the occasional orca pod. When Chambers Bay hosted the U.S. Amateur in 2010 (just three years after it opened),

stroke play was also con- ducted nearby at The Home Course, another linksy and scenic layout peppered with sod-faced bunkers. Less than 30 miles from

Chambers Bay is Wash- ington National, the home course of the Huskies and the No. 5 collegiate track in the country, according to Drive 20 miles east of Seattle and you’ll find Sahalee, host of the 1999 PGA Champion- ship. Two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen said the trees are so tall and dense at Sahalee that you’ll feel like you’re trying to drive the ball between skyscrap- ers on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. And at the foothills of the Cascade

Mountains is TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, site of the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic. In Seattle,

Fred Couples grew up playing

the public Jefferson Park, while Golf Digest tabbed West Seattle’s Fox Den Grille one of the 50 Best 19th Holes in the Country. A short ferry ride from Seattle is the Kitsap Penin- sula, home to the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain and Trophy Lake, both rated as Top 10 Public Courses in Washington by Golf Magazine.

Washington State Pullman

Pullman is not known for its football prowess. In 117 seasons, it has a .488 winning percentage. But it wasn’t too long ago that Washington State was relevant nationally, stringing together three straight 10-win and top-10 seasons between 2001 and 2003. Washington State has brought in former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach to resurrect a program that won just nine

Palouse Ridge, a relatively new course, routes through the surrounding amber waves of grain.

games between 2008 and 2011. Martin Stadium is the smallest venue in the Pac-12 with just 33,522 seats, but during Washington State’s better years, the conference’s most remote outpost was not a friendly place to play. If you find yourself in Pullman, it’s worth lugging your sticks to the eastern edge of Washington. Palouse Ridge, a minimalist course that routes through the surrounding amber waves of grain, opened in 2008 to rave reviews. Golf Digest ranked it the No. 2 New Course in the country, and Travel Golf slotted it as the No. 3 Collegiate Course. The University of Idaho and its golf course is just 10 miles from Pullman, while Coeur D’alene Resort and its

iconic floating barge green, and Tom Fazio’s Gozzer Ranch (newly minted at No. 70 in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 U.S. Courses) are a 90-mile trip—which is a much shorter escape than heading some 300 miles west to Seattle.

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