Harbour Pointe - Washington - USA

Harbour Pointe Golf Club,
11817 Harbour Pointe Boulevard,
Washington (WA) 98275,

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The story of Harbour Pointe Golf Club is water, but that means dramatically different things depending on what nine you’re playing currently. The opening nine is largely flat but features significant wetland coverage, which Arthur Hills works around and over to create a number of penalizing hazards for those who cast accuracy (and their shots) to the wayside.

The back nine is also a story of water...but not the kind that you hit a ball into. The course sells No. 11 as its signature hole and few disagree. From the tee, the view across Puget Sound is breathtaking. Also breathtaking, although perhaps in a less enjoyable way, is the second shot on this short par four. Almost everyone will need to lay up from the tee, as the second is a dramatic downhill carry to a small green. These altitude changes are a constant on the back nine, with several greens being separated from the fairway by forced carries approaching 100 yards.

The final hole ends with a Hills signature: A centerline evergreen forces players to choose the wider left side of the fairway or the thinner right side (which offers a better angle at getting home in two).

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Description: The course at Harbour Pointe Golf Club offers a game of two halves: a fairly flat front nine with plenty of water then an undulating back nine featuring one of the most spectacular holes in the state at the downhill par four 11th. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
M. James Ward

Generally, the courses I've played bearing the fingerprints of Arthur Hills have been rather disappointing. They are done well but the overall impact from the architecture has often been rudimentary and hardly inspiring. More attention is centered on how the course "looks" rather than how it "plays."

However, that's not the case with Harbour Pointe.

The course provides two distinct nines and there's enough substance with each side.

After a fairly ordinary opening hole the quality of the design immediately ramps up with the next few holes. The test is securing the fairway because misplayed shots will almost certainly mean a healthy donation to the course's ball fund.

The dog-leg left par-4 4th is very good and it's followed by a strong two-shot hole at the long par-4 5th.

The short par-4 8th is a fine counterpoint -- not long but those seeking a big time play from the tee had best execute given the tighter landing area and water penalty area near to the green.

The dog-leg par-4 9th ends the outward side with a key decision -- how far does one wish to hit the ball from the tee -- those seeking max distance had best secure the narrowing landing area.

The inward half is considerably hillier and provides some eye-catching moments.

The downhill par-4 11th is clearly memorable but it's the building up towards the finale that mandates consistently executed shots. The penultimate 17th does not surrender willingly without proper thinking and the concluding par-5 18th can yield a closing birdie but you'll need to earn it.

Harbour Pointe is not helped with the plethora of housing that's clearly overdone in certain spots when playing. There's also the placement of cart paths which can be an eye-sore as well but given the necessity in today's game for many players.

When opening in 1991, Harbour Pointe was among the very top public courses available in Washington. That has since changed with the likes of Gamble Sands, Chambers Bay and Wine Valley, to name just three, having entered the scene.

Nonetheless, Harbour Point has enough present to merit checking out for those coming to the greater Seattle area.

M. James Ward

February 08, 2021
6 / 10
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February 09, 2021

One thing I always appreciate about your reviews M. James, is that you always give credit where credit’s due. Sure, you like thrilling land and an absence of housing, but you always cut through to the golfing merit offered up - irrespective of who the architect was