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4.2
230 Reviews (230)
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.5
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
88.9%
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211 out of 230 reviews
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4.2
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
12
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.5
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
85.7%
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24 out of 28 reviews
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4.3
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
87.9%
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29 out of 33 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Military
Par 72
Length 6646 yards
Slope 122
Rating 71.8

Whispering Firs Golf Club is one of two courses operated by Joint Base Lewis McChord. The other course, Eagles Pride, is located southwest of Whispering Firs. Designed by Bob Baldock in 1962, Whispering Firs opened on what was then McChord Air Force Base and later became part of Joint Base Lewis McChord. Though it's a military golf course, it's open to the public but don't forget to check in with security at the visitor's center. The layout features well manicured fairways lined with mature trees and challenging rough. The small greens demand accuracy and are made even more difficult with strategically placed bunkers framing the edges. There are some tough doglegs that require conservative play, and water hazards come into play as well. Whispering Firs Golf Club will test a variety of skills but it's not an overly punishing course. Players of all skill levels will be able to enjoy a round here.

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Course Details

Year Built 1961
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bob E. Baldock

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lockers

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Washington (2017 #11)

Reviews

4.2
230 Reviews (230)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Patio Dining 10
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 19
Thick Rough 15
Water Hazards 13
This course/club is great for:
Walkers 24
Locals 21
Seniors 18
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 19
Worth the Drive 14

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Would like to play here again

We were able to tee off early which helped us with pace of play as we were in front of other players. When we made the turn and then it slowed down. The slow down wasn't as bad as we have encountered at other courses. Moved fairly well.
Desk person was very helpful and has been the few times we played this course before.
We live a long ways away so we wish Golf Now could get a later morning Tee Time that was a Hot Value.

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Commented on 09/15/2020

Best thing to do is to call the pro shop directly for tee time{s}.

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Great course great people

I would recommend my friends and families to go play at Whispering Firs any , everybody treats each other with respect regardless of nationality. I consider Whispering Firs as m y home course and will continue to play and enjoy one of the best course I’ve ever played.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Best value course in Puget Sound by several miles ahead of the rest!!!!

Tight fairways, excellent maintenance. Entertaining design.

There are a good mix of easy and challenging holes. And the challenging holes, for the most part, are not absurd (like a tree in the middle of a fairway on a par 5).

Greens can be spotty at times, but that's the area as a whole anyways.

Patrons mostly are not your usual weekend hacks, resulting fast pace of play. (If you do play there, please respect the course.)

Easily the best course in the area for value. Next level up would be Home Course or WA National.

Being on base is great as well. Just have necessary documents ready and arrive 30 minutes early at the gate.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 7
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Whispering Firs is Outstanding

The course is exceptionally well maintained. The Pro Shop attendant was professional. courteous, friendly and very helpful. Highly recommend this course as it favorably compares to most private courses in the state.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Pace Excellent
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course with challenges.

I enjoy this course. Some narrow fairways with lots of trees. Several tee boxes for all level of players. Greens were fast and run true. Course is always in great shape. If you are in the area, give it a try. Make sure you have proper ID and vehicle insurance to get on base.

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Value Good
Layout Good
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Pace Good
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Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 10-14
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3.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

questionable oversite

Front nine no problem because of early tee time, but back nine started to bog down due to a tournament being allowed to start on the back nine.

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Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Whispering Firs GC

Excellent course. Always well maintained. Military and civilian patrons are courteous, friendly and respectful and maintain excellent golf etiquette.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 72
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best Golf Value Around

I've never played this course, but I will again. The best golf value in Western Washington. A fun layout in excellent condition. The guy in the pro shop was helpful and friendly. Getting on the base was a a bit of a hassle, but the military guards were pleasant as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

White tees 6350, lots of security questions, but hidden gem

After barely getting past the extremely unfriendly gate guard, I found myself enjoying s made torder breakfast burrito. Course is tight, white trees are over 6300 yards, fairways are moist even in july. Greens are small, but roll true and just fast enough to keep you honest. Course favors a draw shot off all but 4 or 5 tees. Easy walks great pace of play ws most are regular military guys. Who play fast. Starter had a blue live matters and a Trump 2020, so if they offends you, you are warned. Will. e back but may have to hit the weight room or move up to the gold tees..lol

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/03/2020

Nothing wrong with your first amendment rights. I didnt have a problem with it, but the group in front was offended, so that's why I said if you are offended, you might want to stay away. We even thanked him for his stance, but I also dont think an employee of a business should be allowed to wear divisive sayings on company time. On their own time, I'm all for it. I'm pretty sure the 1st amendment doesn't give employees carte' blanche freedoms to say anything they want.

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Commented on 08/01/2020

What is so wrong w/ a person expressing their First Amendment's rights?

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course! Must play!

So when you first drive in the building on the right is the visitor center to get your visitor pass, bring DL license, proof of insurance and registration.
Took about 15 mins to get my pass then it’s about 10 mins drive from the gate to the course.
Course was in great condition and pace of play was spot on.
You won’t find a better course for such an amazing price!
You have to play this course if you live anywhere near by

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 101
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course with lots of character.

Course is in great shape. Pace of play was excellent, 3 1/2 hour round. Course was in great shape. Greens ran true at a good pace.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Independence Day

Outstanding Fairways n Greens , definitely will play course more often

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
1.0
First Time Playing

Course on base. Couldn’t play

Went to go play and found out the course is on a military base. So we couldn’t play

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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