Date Played: February 16th 2013

I ventured out on a rainy Saturday with our new contributor, Sean, to play a course I was afraid to review, Lynnwood Municipal GC.  I grew up about a 5 minute walk from this course, which is tucked behind Edmonds Community College, and I played my first round here on my 8th birthday.  I used to ride my bike with my bag on my back to come practice and LGC was my High School’s home course.  I have a ton of great memories at this course, which I feared would skew my score; but to my surprise the dilapidated condition jarred me back to reality.

When I showed up to the pro-shop to check in, I took a look around while another golfer was helped.  I checked out some towels, some logo balls and was going to look for a sand wedge, but there are no clubs or shoes and the gear is extremely limited.  I was greeted by a nice dude who took my $23 twilight green fee (prime-time is $35), and I headed out to the putting green while I waited for Sean. There used to be a double decker driving range across the parking lot, but it was closed a few years back.  What’s left is a large and pretty nice, two-tiered practice green and a small, shaggy chipping green with a shabby sand trap.

When we hit the first tee, I remembered how short this course is.  There are two sets of tees, that from the tips, clock in at 4741 yards and a par of 65.  There are no par 5’s here, and most of the par 4’s are very short.  The best of the bunch is the 1st hole which is a 370 yard, 90 degree dogleg left.  It forces you to lay up to about 220 yards and then drop a 150 yard approach to one of the smaller greens on the course.

The routing of this place is very tight, with every hole sharing a fairway, most with a swath of tall trees separating them.  This makes the course easy for straight hitters, but does help toughen up an otherwise painfully easy course.  There are a couple of back to back, short par 3’s on the back, the second of which is 120 yards, all carry over water with a bunker guarding the back.  It’s a pretty good par 3 on an otherwise unremarkable course.

I haven’t played at this place in what seems like ages, and it’s really gone downhill since I have.  The worst part about this place, is that it had everything you could want at one point in time.  The restaurant, driving range, pro-shop stock and conditioning which helped make this a great place to play are all gone.  The greens are pretty good, but flat and they have quite a few ball marks.  The staff is great, but they can only do so much to help this wheezing mess out.  For $35 walking in the winter, you can do way, way better.  Final Score: 53/100

Design – 14/25 (Steidel did an alright job with tiny plot he was given, but just very unremarkable.  Easy walk a plus)
Test of Golf – 11/25 (Easy course with only challenge being trees, but often a pitch out is toughest shot)
Value – 11/20 ($35 walking for this course is too much)
Condition – 6/10 (Ball marks, patchy rough and iffy greens. Used to be in great shape)
Amenities – 3/10 (Shame the driving range & restaurant are gone. Pro-shop is minimal. Does have chipping green and practice bunker, though)
Experience – 8/10 (Maybe it’s the nostalgia, maybe it’s just because the service is still really good, but I have a good time here. It’s also an easy walk that my twosome finished in just over 3 hours)