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It's tee time | Kitsap Week
With summer just around the corner — it officially begins on Tuesday — residents of Kitsap will begin to shed their rain parkas and step out into the bright light known as the sun.
Along with the benefits of warm weather comes the advantage of dry ground, perfect for those who are antsy to get back to the fairway.
In Kitsap, there are seven fine courses from which to choose — starting at the top of the county with White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, down to McCormick Woods Golf Course in Port Orchard.
Golfing in Kitsap:
Gold Mountain Golf Complex
7263 W. Belfair Valley Road, Bremerton
Olympic course yards: (Gold) men- 7104, women 7035
Cascade course yards: (Gold) 6707
Cascade course: Monday-Thursday $33 (senior $28, Junior $12); Friday $36; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays $40; Weekday Twilight (3 p.m.) $23 (junior $13); Weekend Twilight (3 p.m.) $26.
Olympic course: Monday-Thursday $42 (senior $36, Junior $22); Friday $46; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays $60; Weekday Twilight (3 p.m.) $25 (junior $19); Weekend Twilight (3 p.m.) $27.
McCormick Woods Golf Course
5155 McCormick Woods Drive SW, Port Orchard
Fees: Monday-Thursday $45 (senior $35); Friday-Sunday $59; Mid-day special Monday-Thursday $35, Friday-Sunday $45; Twilight (after 2 p.m.) $29; Active duty Monday-Friday and after 1 p.m. weekends $29; Students Monday-Friday $29 and after 1 p.m. weekends.
McCormick offers a driving range, and putting and chipping greens.
With a view of Mt. Rainer on a clear day, hole 12 is the signature for the course.
Rolling Hills Golf Course
2485 NE McWilliams Road, Bremerton
Fees: Monday-Friday nine holes $18, 18 holes $28 (Juniors and seniors and active military $20), Twilight $20; Saturday-Sunday and holidays nine holes $20, 18 holes $30, Twilight $22.
Yards: Men-5,976 Women- 5,486
Rolling Hills offers practice greens and bunkers along with a driving range. A restaurant and lounge is also open during course hours.
Holes 10 and 16 are the courses signature holes. The tenth hole is one of the most difficult white tee par 5s in the area, with water hazards and a tough green. The sixteenth hole is a par 3 that takes golfers over a water hazard.
Trophy Lake Golf & Casting
3900 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard
Fees: Monday-Thursday Earlybird $49, Prime time $65, afternoon $49, twilight $32; Friday-Sunday and holidays $85, afternoon (3 p.m.) $59, twilight $39.
Along with a practice facility, two fly fishing ponds are stocked and a pavilion is available for rent — booked through the summer for weddings.
The eighteenth hole is the signature course, recently receiving an award for "Best risk-reward hole in Washington."
White Horse Golf Club
22795 Three Lions Pl. NE, Kingston
Yards: 7,093 total
Fees: Monday-Thursday 18 holes $35, twilight $22; Friday 18 holes $49; Saturday-Sunday and holidays before 8 a.m. $49, 8 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. $55, 12:01 p.m. - twilight $39, twilight $25; seniors $33 Monday-Friday (Friday before 10 a.m.); Military rate $29 weekday, $39 weekend; junior rate $10 after 12 p.m.
Signature holes are 15 and 18.
Course is one of the driest in the area, which makes it sought after in the northwest.
Village Greens Golf Course
2298 Fircrest Drive SE, Port Orchard
website under development
Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fees: $16.50 unlimited ; seniors and military $13.19; juniors $10.99
Offers a putting and chipping green. It is a no alcohol course.
Though the course does not have a defining signature hole, it offers great practice for beginners and those looking for working on their short game.
Meadowmeer Golf & Country Club
8530 Renny Ln., Bainbridge Island
Yards: Men- 5,596; women- 5,139
Fees: Nine holes $21; 18 holes $31; twilight $15; weekends $25, twilight $26; seniors Monday-Friday $18; juniors $22 for 18 holes.
Putting and chipping greens. No driving range.
This is a private course, open to the public. Certain time slots are not available to the public.