Palouse Ridge Golf Club at Washington State University

4.6333000000 4.6 stars from 5 (30)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7308 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 75.9
  • Layout

  • N Fairway Rd, Pullman, Washington 99163, Whitman County
  • (509) 335-4342
  • (509) 335-8484
  • palouseridge.com
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Year built: 1954
Architect(s): John Harbottle III (2008), Robert Muir Graves (1954)
Type: Public
Style: Links
Greens: T-1 Bentgrass
Fairways: Kentucky Bluegrass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Crimson 72 7308 yards 75.9 140
Blue 72 6723 yards 72.9 134
Gray 72 6172 yards 70.2 126
Gray (W) 72 6172 yards 75.8 135
Black (W) 72 5552 yards 72.1 129
Black 72 5552 yards 67.1 119
Green (W) 72 5106 yards 69.4 125

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 30 Reviews
5 stars:
22
4 stars:
5
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

28 out of 30 reviews


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"Not fun"


Scrapiron's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is very difficult. Greens like putting on undulating sloped asphalt with back and front edges that are shaved where your ball rolls to the abyss. Fairways steeply sloped to make them narrower than they appear. Good shots usually not rewarded.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/06/2017

How much tax payer money/student fees fund this course?

We played Palouse Ridge last June and paid $52.00 (including cart) on a golf promo.

In July we assumed we could get the same rate however we did not have a promo. (our mistake) We were informed the non resident rate would be $100.00 and the young man in the pro shop would not extend a promo or resident rate of $57.00. We politely passed and headed to Idaho.

Our opinion is this rate is excessive for a course in the middle of nowhere that appears to get little play.

Very marginal layout overall-with the first two holes blind shots off the tee as well as two up hill par 3's that are hit and hope holes. The overall course was in good condition.

The club house and restaurant were new and very nice however zero patrons and only ten vehicles in the parking lot.

We played the University of Idaho Course 8 miles away and paid the full price of $41.00 including cart for 18 holes. 60 miles north is Circling Raven GC-Great layout, scenic, first class and well worth the $100.00 rate.

My review is Palouse Ridge is a $50.00 course yet trying to charge out of town golfers $100.00 - Locals should be thankful it is owned by the university or it probably would go broke.


Commented on 09/30/2015

Should add got on right after a college tournament had ended. All pin locations were tucked and overall course setup was difficult. Hopefully this is not how they set the course up for everyday play?


"A Must Play"


Slabby2020's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

Played Palouse Ridge at the beginning of our Eastern Washington buddies trip. Well worth the drive to Pullman. Excellent layout, very nice fairways and excellent conditioned bent grass greens. The $45 senior rate we paid included the cart and was an awesome value for a high quality golf course. A must play if you ask me.

We had lunch afterwards and the food and service was excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"wow"


nygiantgolfer's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

Really fun, very challenging, good value. Emphasis on challenging. Great conditions, definitely worth it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Not impressed"


AspiringCaddy's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Green fees are expensive for the course conditions, has challenging holes but the fairways are not in great shape.<br/> $99 for out of town rate is pretty high for a low demand for golf when students are not in school.<br/> Hard to justify playing there often when green fees and season passes are so expensive.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Shot maker course, with best conditioned grass I've had the pleasure of playing on!"


tjblanch5's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/29/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Shot maker course, with best conditioned grass I've had the pleasure of playing on!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"great experience"


catdawg's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/22/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well maintained course. Lots of different challenges on each hole. Can be played by any level of ablility. A must play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Breezy Challenge"


CWLaird's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/19/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Palouse Ridge is a great golf course which is especially challenging in the wind. On this particular late September day, skies were blue, the wind was gusting at 20 mph, and the greens were fast and rolling true. Control distance and direction on most shots and it will be an enjoyable round. But if you find yourself off the beaten green path and in the tall, brown Palouse grass too often it will be a long day.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Would only recommend if rate is 50%, more"


u000005621786's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/8/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If paying full rate, play circling raven. Lots of ball above your feet, below your feet shot in the fairways


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"This course is Awesome!"


Robert7799063's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/4/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wow! What a great day of golf. The course is setting in the middle of the Palouse with grain fields all around, just fantastic views on every hole. The staff was very friendly and we were allowed to go out about 30 minutes early. A beautiful layout in great condition. Not many flat lies and speedy greens with lots of break. I will try to play this course anytime I'm in the northwest.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"GREAT COURSE....GREAT PRICE"


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/13/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We booked our tee time with the hot buy of the day with Golf Now so got an incredible rate. But that has nothing to do with the review. Palouse has become a top on my favorite courses in Washington. It rewards good shots but does not cripple a golfer that can occasionally spray a ball. For mid August the course was in incredible condition. Both fairways and greens were immaculate. Greens were fast but hitable at the same time. Definitely worth drive from western Washington and plan to do it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"One of the U.S. best college courses open to the public"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/09/2013
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

It seems like every tee box, you get panoramic views of the course and beyond that stretch 50 or 60 miles.<br/> Much of the course plays like a links course, which can make for some very interesting bank shots and strategy. And there isn’t a house in sight and only a few trees, which makes a for an unique golf experience that more resembles golf around the world than in the United States.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"PAC 12 championship course"


jeffmosar's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/08/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Third time played and a great deal! A good fair test of your skill. Beware greens are fast.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Palouse Ridge is fantastic!"


Roger3077's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging course with some forced carries. You must place your ball in the correct spot in the fairway to have a good shot at the green. Most fairways are sloped so pay attention to where you need to hit your tee shot. Greens are fast but roll true. Awesome course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging, bring your game!"


clancym's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/15/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

Looked forward to playing Palouse for a long time and it was worth the wait. Very challenging, expansive and unique as there is a rural farm like atmosphere with all of the animals, barns and fields. Bring your game as you will need it here. Very challenging!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best Course In Eastern Washington/Idaho"


pberish's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/10/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

Fantastic links layout with tee boxes which play fair for various skill levels.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great day, Great course"


redwings728's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/7/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's a long way to travel, but I'm glad I made it out there. The course is in good shape and quite a challenge.

There aren't many trees and or white stakes so typically you can let your tee shot go, but there is plenty of danger in the landing areas.

Greens are well protected with bunkers. Sand was soft and easy to hit out of, which I think is rare these days. Greens played to medium speed and had an average amount of undulation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great links style course"


pikemaster98's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/11/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was my first time playing there. It's well marked, except for landing ares from tee box. A gps would be perfect. Luckily I drove the ball in the right places all day. The greens were very fast and the smoothest I've ever played on, though they really did not hold the shots I hit into them. I rolled thru most of them all day, next time, if I do not have a GPS, I will just try and land on front, though most have a bunker right there. The lunch was awesome as well. If you want to play on a course that you would see the pros play on TV, go play this place..it's first rate all the way and golf now gave me a great deal as well. In the morning, before I played the WSU course, I played the University of Idaho course, it was fun also. A great day of 36 holes, well worth the drive from Spokane


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"rock hard greens"


mvitch's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/25/2013

Reviewed on

It is April, and the greens are slow (not normal for them) and rock hard. Not sure with spring weather, how a green can be rock hard late April, but they are. Fairways are cut way too tight for this time of year with many "non grass" areas mixed in with the decent grass.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"worth the trip."


uGTVO3110GT's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/24/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We really do enjoy this course...except one of the par 5s...snicker.<br/> Pace of play depends on the crowd & sometimes the wind...In our case we had a "slow" player in the group......HATED IT!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course, perfect weather, fast pace. Greens were fast and fairway grass perfect!"


gncoug's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/3/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great prices, course was in great shape, staff was fun, has a pro shop with lots of Coug related items.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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