Spokane may be known for hosting the world’s largest basketball tournament, but that’s not the only sport you can enjoy when you visit. Golfers will be pleased to know that the area is home to a number of beautiful and challenging golf courses. Here are some of the must-visit golf courses when traveling to Spokane. These are those that we highly recommend playing at if you’re close by. Some of them are bucket-list worthy, but even those that aren’t are worth a play for the tranquility and beauty they offer.
Whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, there’s always an opportunity for a round of golf. The good news is that there’s a course for every ability, whether you consider yourself an average golfer who just loves to play or a more experienced player with a great handicap.
And the thing we love the most about golf courses in the area? They’re affordable. You’ll be getting great gameplay and spectacular scenery… For a shockingly good price. There’s really no reason NOT to get out on the course in Spokane!
Wandermere Golf Course
Wandermere Golf Course is another historic course owned and operated by the Ross family since 1929. Over the years, the course has made a name for itself due to its incredible caliber of maintenance.
Set along the banks of the Little Spokane River, you’ll get some lovely views as you move through your round of golf. At just over 6050 yards, it’s a short course but still offers tricky features to get past. It makes a good option for newbies and even younger golfers who are still working on their power.
Don’t let the length (or lack of it) make you complacent, though. The fairways may be wide, but they’re not completely forgiving. Several of them require you to hit your tee shot over the Spokane River for a bit of an added challenge.
Adults will pay $36 for a full 18 holes and $28 if you only have time for 9. Seniors (60 and over) pay $32/$26, while juniors (17 and under) pay $18/$10. There’s a flat fee of $40 on a weekend no matter how many holes you play, but if you start after 3 pm you’ll only pay $25.
Indian Canyon Golf Course
Indian Canyon Golf Course is Spokane’s flagship municipal course, and it’s surprisingly excellent. Indian Canyon has hosted a number of national amateur links championships, so you can be assured it’s going to be a good game on this track.
The course features a mature layout that’s not ideal for newbies. With significant elevation changes and dramatic scenery, it makes for an extreme challenge and unparalleled fun. Pine trees are scattered throughout the course, and the views can be distracting if you aren’t careful!
Although it’s a fairly short course in comparison to others, it’s got more than enough challenge for most golfers to find an exciting round in it. Interestingly, there are no water hazards on the course.
Be aware that the up-and-down nature of this course may make it tricky to walk. You might want a cart for ease of movement.
This particular course is pretty close to the airport, so if you’ve got a long layover and need to kill some time, playing a quick round is a good idea!
For 18 holes, you’ll pay $47 for a round, which is still a perfectly respectable green fee.
Downriver Golf Course
There’s plenty of potential at Downriver Golf Course. It’s nothing exceptional, but it does offer beautiful scenery and interesting holes, making it worth a play. The course is extremely well-maintained, looking green and lush all year round.
Gently rolling and laden with trees, it’s been around and making golfers happy since 1916—Spokane’s oldest golf course. It lies alongside Riverside State Park, so you can expect to see some wildlife and bird life as you play!
Depending on your age and when you play, you can expect to pay between $13 and $47 for a round of golf here.
Liberty Lake Golf Course
Located in the Liberty Lake area, Liberty Lake Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course open to the public and suitable for golfers of all playing levels. Established in 1959, it’s a bit younger than many of the other area courses.
After some recent renovations, the course stretches to a little over 6,600 yards with a par-70 layout that’s highly enjoyable but not without challenge. There’s a nice combination of water hazards, smooth white sand bunkers, and spacious greens.
You’ll also find a grass driving range complete with yardage indicators and targets for you to use to improve your game. There’s a putting and chipping area, so you can work on your short game as well if you need to.
The clubhouse is also open to the public, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a post-round meal with your golfing partners.
Rates range from $15 to $45, depending on the time of day, day of the week, and whether you’re an adult, a senior, a junior, or a student.
Manito Golf & Country Club
In South Spokane, you’ll find this beautiful historic golf course—the very same one that hosted the 1944 PGA Championship! At 6470 yards, it’s a bit too short to host the same caliber tournament today, but it’s still a lovely course to play.
Although Manito Golf Course & Country Club is fairly flat, it has a tight, intimate feeling thanks to the tree-lined fairways that demand accuracy. Thanks to its flatness and its relatively unspoiled nature, it makes for great play for golfers of all levels.
Less experienced players will enjoy the tame greens and shallow sand traps. However, more advanced players will enjoy the challenge of the tight fairways, but that’s as challenging as it’s likely to be.
If you’d prefer to work on some driving or putting instead of playing a full round, there’s a driving range, a putting green, and a short game practice area as well. It doesn’t matter if you have a few hours to kill or less than an hour to get a bit of gameplay in—you can fit it in here.
The club is private and has a reciprocal guest policy. That means that if you’re a member of a reciprocal club, you can play for lower rates. If you’re not, you may be able to join a member for a round.
Why Not Golf in Spokane?
Whether you’re traveling to Spokane for business reasons or personal ones, it’s worth sneaking in a round of golf on one of these courses. If you’re here for a while, why not try more than one? They’re affordable enough for it!
Each one of these courses has something special that the others can’t quite hit. But every one of them has lovely scenery, a beautiful, natural feeling, and gives you that amazing feeling of being away from the real world for a little while! What more could you want in a golf course?
Which is your favorite golf course in the area? These may be our must-visit golf courses when traveling to Spokane, but they’re definitely not the only great choices! Next time you’re in the area, spend some time on one of these courses.