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White Horse Golf Course set to open

It took over a dozen years of legal wrangling, but the long awaited White Horse golf Course near Kingston is set to open this month. Located just minutes from the Kingston ferry dock, with sandy soil to allow year-round play, the White Horse Golf Club will be attractive to many due to the five distinct sets of tees, great for couples or families with different skill levels, and fairways that deliver roll no matter the time of year. Visitors will also enjoy panoramic views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, Mt. Baker and Puget Sound.

A 224-home community, along with a clubhouse and the White Horse Inn, are in various construction stages, but the White Horse Golf Club is scheduled to open in this month. Bruce Christy, director of golf, said,” Based on the winter we had, the course is great.”

Cynthia Dye McGarey, niece of golf course legend designer Pete Dye, designed the White Horse Golf Club. When talking about the natural lay of the land, Dye McGarey said, “It was an easy, gentle piece of property to work with.” She said she and others feel that the 18th hole, which skirts a lake, might be the best finishing hole in the state.

The 7,186-yard, par 72 golf course embraces and enhances the natural landscape. It is unobtrusive, as if the course has always been there. Despite wide, yawing fairways that encourage maximum use of the driver, preliminary ratings by the PNGA put the White Horse Golf Club in a class with the state’s five toughest courses. The 456 acres of old-growth cedar, spruce, fir and hemlock with golf paths winding alongside preserved wetlands, truly reveals the beauty of this course.

While fun to play, the 11-acre double-ended driving range with six target greens, two putting greens and designated areas to practice chipping and bunker shots allow golfers to spend a day just practicing.

Visitors from the Edmonds/Seattle area are able to take a free shuttle to and from the Kingston ferry dock with a simple phone call reservation.

For more information on green fees and location call 360-297-4468 or visit www.whitehorsegolf.com.

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