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LITTLE CREEK CASINO RESORT www.littlecreek.com


Resort Reservations: 1.800.667.7711 Olympia National Park • Seattle Salish Cliffs Golf Club  Chambers Bay Golf Course • Tacoma • Olympia


CHAMBERS BAY GOLF COURSE www.chambersbaygolf.com 1-877-29-LINKS (1-877-295-4657)


SALISH CLIFFS GOLF CLUB www.salishcliffs.com 360.462.3673


Salish Cliffs Golf Club (above) is another cool retreat in the Great Northwest, as is Little Creek Casino Resort (right)


10 Best Casino Courses, and Golf Digest’s America’s Greatest Courses by State list. Playing Salish Cliffs is the polar


opposite of Chambers Bay, whose putting surfaces were widely criticized by players during the U.S. Open for being inconsistent and bumpy. With bent- grass greens that are manicured to perfection, balls roll smooth and true on Salish Cliffs. Unlike the fescue found at Chambers Bay, the rough at Salish Cliffs is ryegrass, providing a colorful contrast to the bright green fairways. Bates created a layout that has lots


of variety and is a course you’d likely be happy playing every day. However, having to navigate arguably three of the most challenging successive par 4s of any course in the state, beginning at the 14th hole, is an imposing task. Par is a notable achievement, especially on the 455-yard, uphill 16th. Just like the spectacular views


from each tee at Chambers Bay, Salish Cliffs has its own special qualities. For instance, standing adjacent to a 50-foot carved totem pole as you tee off is a one- of-a-kind photo opportunity. The professional staff, headed by


PGA professional Dave Kass, is more than accommodating and makes sure the high-handicap golfer is treated equal to those with more skill, meaning


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you should take his suggestions when it comes to the appropriate tees from which to play your best. If you prefer to leave your clubs at home, you’ll find new Titleist sets available, as well as Titleist balls on the range and a shop that has everything a golfer needs. Golf carts at Salish Cliffs are equipped with GPS and a flyover with hole-by-hole descriptions played as you arrive at each tee. Little Creek Casino Resort delivers


in many ways — not least of which is its fantastic food and beverage service. Guests can enjoy the area’s seafood and fish at the Squaxin Island Seafood Bar, where oysters are as fresh as if they were shucked in front of you at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle. A few more steps will bring you to the Island Grille restaurant directed by one of the most talented chefs in the region. Christophe Durliat from Alsace, France, brings a sophisticated range


of impeccably prepared and presented dishes that will impress the most well- traveled gourmet. Many guests who stay at Little Creek


take a day off from the links and head to the nearby hills for some hiking or cycling to burn off those delicious calories, followed by a well-earned massage in the resort’s first-class European-style spa. If a trip to the casino results in good fortune, golf buddies may want to celebrate late into the night with one of the many fine cigars and select from the variety of rare spirits offered in the Skookum Cigar Lounge, which is replete with large-screen televisions and luxurious leather seats and couches. Escaping Arizona’s extreme heat season is always high on a golfer’s agenda, and now is the time to plan for it. Here is a destination to discover and one that will meet expectations and beg for a return. n


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