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Royal Oaks Country Club - Washington

Royal Oaks Country Club - Washington

Vancouver, Washington
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Patrick Koenig
01/03
Patrick Koenig
Vancouver, Washington
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  • Address8917 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98662, USA

Royal Oaks Country Club was founded in 1945, a month before World War II ended, when fifty Vancouver businessmen each pledged $1,000 to purchase enough land for a new golf course. The first nine opened for play two years later, with a full 18-hole layout in operation by 1952.

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Founding members didn’t just contribute money towards the club, many of them also helped build the course by picking rocks from the fairway during construction, so there’s a palpable pride in what has been achieved at this progressive golf facility in a relatively short space of time.

The 18-hole layout at Royal Oaks is set out close to downtown Vancouver on a rather constricted site, with little by way of elevation change across the property. Tight, tree-lined fairways are routed in such a way that Burnt Bridge Creek is brought into play at a number of holes.

Notable holes include the 160-yard 5th (“Waterloo”), played to one of only two water-protected greens on the course, the 555-yard 13th (“The Monster”), which is both long and narrow from tee to green, and the 415-yard 18th (“Headin’ Home”), where the home green is virtually surrounded by sand.

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