Date Played: January 2013

Tri-Cities is one of my favorite areas in the Northwest. It’s got great weather, great scenery and some good golf. It’s not particularly challenging, and it won’t wow you with views, but Columbia Point is a good bet when you want decent golf at a decent price. A compact, “links style” layout, Columbia Point is a 6500 yard municipal right off the freeway in Richland. I’m sort of at a loss for what to write about it. There is absolutely nothing remarkable about this place, in a good or bad way.

I guess I’ll start with the design. It’s a back and forth layout with some water and a few trees that winds through a neighborhood and business park. It’s short, and plays at or below the listed yardage. The Par 5’s are long, but pretty open and allow you to jam a fairway wood as far as you can and it really shrinks the course down. There are a few drivable par 4’s and only one notably long par 3. The only hole I can really even remember more than a week after playing it is the 309 yard, drivable 14th. It’s got trouble right and some good bunkering to persuade you not too, but it offers a great birdie chance (or a great double bogey chance) on an otherwise par-centric course.

The condition was decent, not great but considering it was January and 37 degrees outside, I’ll give it a pass. The greens were frozen and rock hard, but rolled true. The practice facilities were nice, but expensive unless you want to hit 120 balls before your round. It’s so open that if you spray your shots, like yours truly, it’s not going to real penalize you.

Bottom Line: There are better options in the area at Canyon Lakes or Horn Rapids, but Canyon Lakes is far more expensive and Horn Rapids is a bit out-of-the-way. If you’re in town, or just passing through, it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye. Final Score: 67/100

Design – 15/25
Test of Golf – 15/25
Value – 14/20
Condition – 7/10
Amenities – 9/10
Experience – 7/10