Golden Golf Club can trace its roots all the way back to 1935, when the club was first established. The current 18-hole layout was created in two stages, Bill Newis fashioning the front nine in 1986 then Les Furber adding a complementary back nine a decade later.
Located in Columbia Valley, to the west of the Rockies, the club is a strong community-based organization that takes great pride in throwing its doors open to visitors on a daily pay and play basis. Commendably, a discounted green fee is also offered to golfers who choose to walk.
With both nines carved out of dense woodland, fairways are inevitably tight and tree lined and almost every non-par three holes bends one way or the other off the tee. On the Newis nine, the Columbia River runs all along the left side of the 540-yard 6th, where the fairway turns sharply right towards the target.
On the newer Furber nine, the 378-yard downhill 11th is considered as the signature hole on the property as the fast flowing waters of Holt Creek tumble along the right side of this hole before veering diagonally across the fairway in front of the green.
Golden boasts as “Amen Corner” of holes between the 14th and 16th: the 403-yard 14th has water to the right and beyond the green, the 395-yard 15th veers right to a raised green and the downhill par three 16th is threatened by the Holt Creek running along the right side of the fairway.
You will break your back on a few holes if you don't slow down the golf cart. It seems to me that trees were buried when it was built and are now rotting and creating sunken areas in the fairways. The greens are great and difficult to read. It is also disappointing to play 3 days and have the same pin locations 2 days in a row. Mats on the driving range is also disappointing. The par 3 tees are chewed to pieces. Being "really busy" (pro shop attendant told me) is no excuse for poor maintenance.