Chambers Bay is just one of a collection of public courses worth playing in the Seattle-Tacoma area. (David Cannon/Getty Images) The par-5 15th fairway on the Cascade Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club rises, falls and then bends between the pines. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor) The sod bunkers at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. strike fear into players at the first green. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)

Top five public golf courses to play around Seattle

After hosting the 2015 U.S. Open, the Seattle-Tacoma area is back in the major championship spotlight as the host of the the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club.

Unlike Chambers Bay, Sahalee is a private club. But while some cities' private golf course options are far superior to the public menu, that's not necessarily the case in this part of the Pacific Northwest, which has a nice collection of affordable and scenic destination courses to choose from.

It begins with Chambers Bay, of course, but there are plenty more options to choose from. I shared my top five courses to play with Gary Williams on Golf Channel's Morning Drive:

Video: Ginella's 5 courses to play in Seattle-Tacoma

1. Chambers Bay

2. Washington National

3. Olympic Course at Gold Mountain

4. The Home Course

5. Cascade at Gold Mountain

Jun 12, 2016

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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.