The Cascade Mountain range forms part of the Pacific Ring of Fire – a ring of mountains and volcanoes which horseshoe around the Pacific Ocean. The Cascades form a dramatic backcloth to the up-market Pronghorn Club and architect Tom Fazio has used the fascinating, petrified landscape to create a dramatic Fazio signature golf course.
The private Fazio course opened in 2006, two years after the public Pronghorn Nicklaus layout debuted and the resulting 36-hole golf facility is of such quality that its developers are fully entitled to proclaim Pronghorn as the premier golf community in the Pacific Northwest.
Notable holes on the back nine include the short par four 14th, the very long par four 15th and par five 18th where a combination of just about every possible golfing hazard – sand, water, rocks and trees – has been used to defend par at the home hole.
This is a private course to complement the public Nicklaus design. The club sits at elevation close to a desert region and is regarded as Fazio’s best work in the Northwest. The highlight of the course is the par 3 on the front side which plays across a ravine into a large rock-cropped area. A cave was exposed in its creation, which is an eye-catching feature.
Fazio took a minimalist approach with his shaggy sprawling bunker complexes, which is a wonderful addition to complement his integration of natural rock croppings and the surrounding area’s native forestry.