Although the city of Bremerton has since added a second course that gathers much of the acclaim, the Olympic, to its Gold Mountain property, the original course — the Cascades — still deserves a visit from those looking for a fun 36-hole day. This course was designed by Ken Dyson 25 years prior to the opening of Olympic.
Although the latter John Harbottle III-designed course is considered the “championship” test of the two, measuring more than 400 yards longer than its older sibling, the Cascades Course can ultimately be just as difficult for the golfer who struggles with accuracy from the tee; the fairways here are tighter and tree-lined, quickly applying penalty to the big hitter who hits big in the wrong direction.
A metaphor for this shorter-isn’t-easier outlook can be seen between Nos. 5 and No. 15. Although the latter is significantly longer, at 600 yards to No. 5’s 490 yards, it is the shorter par five that is ranked as the number-one handicap hole on the course. Despite featuring just one bunker (greenside), a touch of slope manages to make this minuscule monster a man-eater.
Gold Mountain’s Cascade Course like the Olympic Course is majestically tree lined beauty situated in the Pacific Northwest. A string of exceptional holes, the Cascade Course offers an ‘easier’ golfing experience. Wider fairways give generous landing zones to golfers, with smaller changes in elevation than the Olympic course. However, with that taken into mind it is still a fun course that will challenge golfers of all ability levels, large coniferous trees, guard many of the fairways. The aroma of pine and the general lushness of vegetation overwhelm the senses.
Steller par 4’s that vary in both length and difficulty coupled with a variety of par 3’s and 5’s foster a good golfing experience. In my opinion there is nothing better than starting out the day with a short par 5, the cascade course delivers, 452 yards off the back tee. But golfers beware, Gold Mountain’s cascade course isn’t a walk at the park. Golfers of all skillsets with face challenging shot decisions during the round.
If you do make it out to Gold Mountain don’t miss out and play both the Olympic and Cascade course.