The little cove at Drayton Harbor lies next to the small town of Blaine on the border with Canada and the Semiahmoo Resort is located on the peninsula that pokes into the Strait of Georgia on the southern shores of the bay.
The resort operates two 18-hole courses, the Arnold Palmer-designed Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club which opened in 1986 and Loomis Trail, located five miles further inland, a 1993 acquisition from former Japanese owners.
Open all year round, this 7,005-yard, tree-lined track brings water into play on five holes and there are more than sixty strategically-placed bunkers to contend with around the course. Fairways are generally wide and rolling, leading to fast and challenging greens.
Semiahmoo is open to the public on odd days of the month (with Loomis Trail open on the other days).
Brett Eaton, the resort’s PGA General Manager, kindly supplied us with the following information:
The toughest hole on our course is the par four 4th, playing 417 yards from the Palmer Tees. It’s a great driving hole with a fairway bunker located on the right side of the fairway. The green is two-tiered, elevated and offers a severe front left pin location for championships. During the summer, the hole plays much longer as it plays straight into the wind.
The “signature” hole at Semiahmoo is the par three 12th, measuring 173 yards from the Palmer Tees and 114 yards from the Ladies Tees. It’s a beautiful short hole with Mount Baker located in the background. The hole plays over water to a green which is 44 yards long so, depending upon pin placement, a wide variety of clubs can be used for the tee shot here.