The Golf Club At Newcastle - China Creek Course
|Regular/White (W)||72||5584 yards||72.8||131|
|Forward/Red (W)||72||4807 yards||67.9||116|
|Tournament M: 72.3/129||573||218||391||519||375||421||170||609||162||3438||474||187||393||338||395||152||447||444||389||3219||6657|
|Championship M: 70.1/129||535||200||322||480||341||396||148||569||144||3135||463||169||368||328||334||143||431||383||367||2986||6121|
|Regular M: 67.1/122 W: 72.8/131||509||175||293||440||319||377||130||496||125||2864||434||139||342||308||305||125||399||342||326||2720||5584|
|Forward M: 68.7/118 W: 67.9/116||466||128||238||410||272||321||116||432||105||2488||410||104||301||291||266||113||335||280||219||2319||4807|
Spectacular views abound. Fun yet challenging Par 5 dog legs with nice fairways. Par 3s are not designed to be 'a gimme' on this course - You will need to be in decent shape to walk it. Worth the money! Enjoy!
Some good, some meh
Top line: a great conditioned course with even better city views
Some of the holes on this course are great! Lot of 'shot making' with blind-ish shots and accuracy required. Some of the holes on this course are very basic, especially considering the $150+ price tag to play the course. Having said that, the staff is very friendly (plus free coffee!) and the conditions of the course are very good. The real show stopper of the course is the views of the greater Seattle area (you can see both Seattle and Belluve).
Bottom line: if you want to throw down on a round of golf, this is a good option.
Beautiful and challenging
The views of Seattle and surrounding mountains and waterways are nothing short of spectacular. The course is definitely challenging but fair. Accuracy is a must. There are some blind shots that add to the difficulty the first time you play Coal Creek. It was a plus for me that the par-3's were reachable for most female players. The changing elevations add to the beauty and challenge of the course. While worth the $200 plus greens fee/ cart fee, that does limit how often I will be playing here.
We Were Treated Like VIPs
This was the second leg of a three-day golf weekend among old Navy buddies, and I would say this was the best of the three (Echo Falls & Druid's Glen were the others). All the amenities and service of a private club made our day a special one. There is not ample room here to catalog everything. The palatial clubhouse and views of the entire Puget Sound are breathtaking. The menu and the patio dining were of the highest order (not as pricey as you would expect either). As for the golf, there are very few, if any, flat holes on the course, but the course is not unfair at all. Good shots are rewarded accordingly. Bad ones...! All in all, a first class experience at a first class operation. I understand the other 18 (China Creek) is the better course of the two here. If that's true, China Creek must be something because Coal Creek is a dandy.
Seattle scenery at its best on the Coal Creek course
It's hard not to be impressed by the Golf Club at Newcastle, even on the rainy day I played it in 2009. The clubhouse is a palace on a hill overlooking what feels like all of Seattle. The hilly terrain creates a wild and scenic ride over 18 holes. But lost along the way are some elements of playability and fun. Some of the holes feel shoe-horned in. You wonder if the club would have been better served with just 27 holes. There aren't many flat lies, either, which can make for a long day for higher handicaps, which I was at the time. I don't have an issue with the expensive waterfall features fronting greens, but some purists think they're too over-the-top obnoxious. If you're trying to impress a client or a buddy, this is the best high-end daily fee closest to Seattle.