Known for its vibrant art scene, warm culture, and affordability, Spokane is rugged and attractive, perfect for outdoorsy activities. A visit to eastern Washington also boasts a lively golf culture along with stellar summer weather. While spring is a unique and special time in the area, great golf can be found, thanks to the top Spokane golf courses peppered throughout the area.
In keeping with Spokane’s reputation for being unusually affordable, you can get an excellent round of golf for an extremely decent price at any one of these courses. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced golfer, these are the courses we highly recommend spending some time on.
#1 The Creek at Qualchan
This 18-hole par-72 course has a great layout with exquisite scenery and should be on every golfer’s “must play” list! Qualchan provides the perfect blend of challenge, fun, and memorable holes for golfers of all skill levels. But even though this course is fun, it will keep you on your toes as some holes will demand strategy and accuracy.
The signature hole is the opening hole, which is an elevated par-4 where you tee off a cliff edge. With the fairway 100 feet below, your ball has to make it over Latah Creek. Adding to the challenge, there are 4 strategically-placed bunkers that protect the fairway and you have to wait to see where your ball lands.
Golfers will love the 4th hole, which is a long par-3, both the 6th and 9th holes are good birdie opportunities, and the 12th hole is a memorable long par-4. The 13th hole will be open to debate, as golfers either love it or hate it! The remaining holes will continue to challenge you, especially the 16th and 18th.
Cost per round: $41 (weekdays) $43 (weekends and holidays)
#2 Indian Canyon
Indian Canyon Golf Course is a natural beauty that uses the layout of the land to create a unique playing environment. Golfers may find themselves distracted by the spectacular views of the Spokane region. But the course will demand your attention, as it weaves its way through a forest, with undulating fast greens, narrow sloping fairways, and strong elevation changes. It would be best to get a golf cart, as the varying degrees of elevation changes make it a challenging course to walk.
The 10th hole is the signature and it’s a 443-yard, par-4 that has you playing downhill to the green, which is also a small target! There are a number of memorable holes on this course, like the par-4 7th, the long par-3 8th, the par-3 11th, and the par-4 14th. The par-4 17th is 267 yards and is a good birdie opportunity!
Fortunately, the golf course is less than 4 miles away from Spokane International Airport so golfers can play a round either before or after a flight.
Cost per round: $43
#3 Downriver Golf Course
This golf course may be relatively short but it will provide golfers of all skill sets with a surprising challenge! The course has a good layout, featuring straight tree-lined fairways, fast greens, tight rough, and a few strategically-placed bunkers. Fortunately, there are no water hazards on this course!
With the surrounding trees, you’ll have to be accurate with your shots. An errant shot could cause you to veer off-course, especially on the uphill approach shots and the shorter greens. There are a few doglegs that you’d need to look out for, but golfers will love the 3 drivable par-4s and the 3 long par-3s! The pine trees lining the course provide a different kind of challenge as the day wears on, with the late afternoon sun creating long shadows across the course. It’s beautiful but may make it harder to judge distance.
Cost per round: $27/$20 (18 holes/9 holes, weekdays), $29 (18 holes/9 holes, weekends & holidays)
#4 Kalispel Golf and Country Club
Kalispel Golf and Country club uses the beautiful natural diversity of the land to provide a challenge for golfers of all abilities. Golfers will need to use every club in their bag, as this course features fast greens, narrow, tree-lined fairways, several elevation changes, and a few blind shots! The course will require strategy, precision, and accuracy on your approach shots. Holes like the signature 16th will require all your skill.
The 16th hole is a 558-yard par-5, where you play an intimidating downhill shot over the entrance road to the course. The hole then doglegs right for a blind shot. Your third shot will be towards the strategically-placed bunkers that protect the green. Other holes that golfers will find challenging include the tight dogleg on the 2nd, the narrow entrance to the 14th green, and the closing hole.
Cost: Membership begins at $385
#5 Wandermere Golf Course
This full-length course offers not only well-maintained grounds but also amazing views of the Little Spokane River and its surroundings. Tree-lined fairways and terrain make the course challenging for players of all skill levels. The course is extremely well-maintained and has a friendly layout that everyone will enjoy. It’s a little shorter than most courses, at 6,050 yards. But the layout makes it exciting, as well as the occasional visit by wildlife.
One of the best things about this course is that it’s extremely affordable and yet offers an excellent golfing experience. They have separate sections for the men’s club and women’s club on their website, but either way, it’s a great course to play if you’re in the area.
Cost per round (adult): $34 (8 holes), $26 (9 holes), $24 (twilight rates), $38 (weekends or holidays)
While these are my top 5 Spokane golf courses, there are a few others in the area that didn’t quite make it to this list that are well worth booking a tee time when you visit Spokane. So if you’re spending a good bit of time in Spokane, I’d recommend hitting as many as you can!
And while you’re in the area, don’t miss out on some of the other exciting outdoor activities you can do. Hiking, boating, and fishing are common activities, and while you’re here you should definitely pay a visit to the spectacular Spokane Falls right in the heart of downtown.