Date Played: April 14, 2013
Looking over the courses I’ve reviewed on this site, I came to realize we have a dearth of information on North Sound tracks. I’ve got Portland covered and I’ve got the best of the South Sound, but I haven’t put anything up for the North End. Considering I live in Everett, this is kind of goofy, so here’s the first part in my definitive guide to golf in the Greater North Seattle Metropolitan Statistical Area, or GNSMSA as us locals call it.
When I picked my sticks back up in 2005, I hated the Everett courses. This course and Walter Hall were two of the crappiest run and conditioned courses in the state. A management switch to Premier Golf did the trick at this place and now I’m proud to call it my home course. Pace of play is normally very good considering how much traffic rolls through here, although it could use some extra marshaling on the weekends. The greens are big and slow, but always roll true and it’s been at least 2 years since I’ve seen so much as a burned patch on any of them. The fairways are always cut tight and the rough is kept in control, although not enough to keep you out of trouble.
Legion is a classic course, designed by legendary H. Chandler Egan (of Eugene CC, Indian Canyon and remodeled Pebble Beach fame), that feels much more modern than it’s age. It plays long, with some good use of elevation and excellent routing. Only on a couple back 9 holes do you ever play out of an opposing fairway and there aren’t really any houses that come into play. An upgrade a few years back also makes this the driest course in Snohomish County.
The standout holes are the par 5’s. The 8th, which is a 518 yard bruiser that allows you to smash one out in the fairway but requires a very precise second shot to get home in two. If you decide to lay up, the fairway narrows down at 150 yards with a large water hazard protecting the right side of the HUGE two tiered green. The other great hole is the 15th. A 547 yarder that plays downhill for the first 300; you need to really be long to get on to the elevated and tiered green with water right and two big bunkers left.
Bottom Line: Legion isn’t going to wow you with views like Harbor Pointe, and it’s not going to test you quite like Kayak Point, but it does provide great golf at a great price. There is no driving range, which is a pretty big bummer, but the putting green is very large and there are some warm up nets and a very quality croissant breakfast sandwich in the café. The walkable terrain and $38 Summer weekend green fees bring out the blue-collar golfers in the area. Every single person I’ve played with (and I play it 2-3 Sundays a month) is very nice and I’ve never encountered a frown in the pro-shop. Final Score: 79/100
Design – 20/25 (It’s solid, classic and walkable golf)
Test of Golf – 18/25 (No really deep rough, but hazards are well placed and good shots are rewarded)
Value – 20/20 ($33 weekdays and $38 weekend primetime fees! Are you kidding me? Good twilight and early bird deals too.)
Condition – 8/10
Amenities – 4/10 (Would be a 3; but take it from a fat guy, the croissant breakfast sandwich is worth a point.)
Experience – 9/10