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4.5
277 Reviews (277)
5 Stars
165
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
8
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
93.5%
Recommend this course
258 out of 277 reviews
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4.4
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
3
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0
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1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
91.7%
Recommend this course
11 out of 12 reviews
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4.5
31 Reviews (31)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
93.5%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7093 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.7

White Horse Golf Club has one of the toughest courses in the Northwest. Situated on the Kitsap Peninsula, the course is located just five minutes south of the Kingston ferry terminal. The course sits on the Puget Sound between the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, offering panoramic views on every hole. When the Suquamish Tribe bought the club in 2010, one of their top priorities was to make the course more playable. They enlisted John Harbottle for the job, a local architect who has designed several layouts throughout the state. By taking out nearly half of the bunkers, he opened up the greens and made them more approachable. He also widened the fairways and made the landing areas more generous. Since the update, White Horse Golf Club has become one of the most popular on the peninsula.

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Course Details

Year Built 2007
Golf Season Year round
Architect Cynthia Dye McGarey (2007) John Harbottle III (2012)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $17
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
277 Reviews (277)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Patio Dining 32
Drinks 29
19th Hole Scenic Views 28
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 45
Undulating Greens 40
Elevation Changes 35
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 37
Locals 31
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 31
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 47
In the 'Burbs 10

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Buckle Up

White Horse is a favorite. Very beautiful layout and good service. It’s a little out of the way but worth the drive. However, don’t go if you’re not a good golfer or don’t mind having a course whup you into submission (which can happen even to the best golfers). Simply put, this course is tough. Enjoy the challenge!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
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Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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1st day back from quarantine COID-19 lockdown

The course was in stellar shape with fairways like memory foam feel, the greens didn’t have a blemish on any hole and the number 3 tee placement was challenging to all levels.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Cold weather
Used cart

Staff excellent

It was a cold,windy day but the course was in really nice shape. The staff let us start as soon as we got there which it wasn't very busy on the course.I have been there 2 times before & it's been great every visit.The only thing I don't care for is the hour & 45 minutes drive one way to get there, other than that everything was great but my golfing that day.I will be back soon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 19
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Sandy greens but still pretty fast.....

Used every club in my bag playing from the Blues today.
Fiarways are in great shape for this time of year and give the greens about a week or so to start rolling true.
Looking forward to playing here again when our club comes to visit in mid March.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
Previously Played

One of the best.

Also, a challenging course. Makes you better. Accuracy Is everything. Play this course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 55
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Nice NW winter golf

Played after heavy rains and a few dry days in a row, course dried out enough to play well. Challenging no matter the conditions.

Can’t wait till drier seasons. Getting back into golf after 20 year break (family and kids do that). This course did not exist when I played way back when.

One of the jewels west of Seattle.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Novice take

I’m not an experienced golfer (only been golfing for about two years. Played in California, Florida and Washington), however i noticed that this course is not ideal if you like to walk the course. There was minimal paths cut out for walking. Otherwise beautiful course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
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5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great time

Staff was great! Friendly and supportive. Course layout is one of the best in Washington. Considering the rain this area had the past weeks, it played great! I recommend this for all levels of players.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Great Play on a rainy day!

Despite rain all morning I decided to head out and check out White Horse, and I'm glad I did! The course was a lot of fun, even in the rain. Nice wide fairways with just enough slope to make it a challenge. When the rain did let up, the course drained quickly, making for a really nice (and much better scoring) back nine. I'd recommend for sure!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Cartball Course

Golf is a sport, and basketball is a sport. In golf, the physical exercise component of the sport has been minimized by the introduction of golf carts to carry players around. The USGA has stated that if you are riding a cart to play, then you are not playing golf, but something different that perhaps could be called cartball. After the golf cart was introduced, the design of many courses became dependent on the golf cart. White Horse is one such cart ball course. Anyone wanting to walk and play golf should probably avoid While Horse. The day before I played White Horse I played Ocean Shores Country Club in slightly under three hours. I played White Horse in slightly over four hours. That is over an hour of walking concrete paths to connect golf holes. Jack Nicklaus has a famous retort to his wife when she claimed he should walk the mall with her since he walked for a living where he replied that the difference is that he walks on grass for a living. In basketball, you can take the walking and running component out by playing in a wheelchair. Would you choose to play your basketball in a wheelchair?

I have spent most of my life in a rural environment. I see and appreciate what nature provides. I do not appreciate how White Horse is so heavily shaped. I played Discovery Bay Golf Club the day after playing White Horse. Discovery Bay has similar mountain terrain for part of the course, but looks far more natural than the heavily shaped White Horse. I suppose part of the shaping is to mimic the natural dune shapes you find on a links course at the seaside. If so, then it fails noticeably at looking like natural dunes. Old news articles say the course went into foreclosure for $5.7 million dollars. Also, that shapers claiming to be among the best in the world were brought in from Hawaii to do the shaping. Since the most successful courses being built at the time Wild Horse was being built were by Tom Doak, and by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, I would suggest they have the best shapers. Wine Valley is another superbly shaped Washington public course that did not have to bring in shapers from Hawaii. In conclusion, Wild Horse is poorly shaped and overly done to be a naturally beautiful golfing environment.

White Horse has a deserved reputation of being difficult. Part of this reputation has to come from parts of the back nine where the terrain is a bit too extreme for good golf, and instead of shaping to ease the extremeness, it was shaped in a fashion that added difficulty. Instead of softening slopes, the slopes appear to have been shaped into more extreme slopes that give more extreme bad bounces.

Golf was developed as a fun past time, and developed that way for a long time. Unfortunately Robert Trent Jones brought on an era of difficulty overruling the fun. At the end of the last century the pendulum began to shift back to fun golf design. It appears that White Horse was built to live in a bygone era.

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

Excellent challenge

White Horse is a tough course. Challenging landing areas, undulations, hazards and greens. You will be treated on this well manicured course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Really nice

It's a great course with challenging holes but space for forgiveness in the drives. Had a great time!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

White Horse

I've had the opportunity to play this course many times. It is a little hassle having to take the ferry over but the shuttle service is great. The course is always in great shape and they have one of the few grass driving ranges that is in phenomenal shape. The course is challenging from the blue tees and even more difficult from the tips. I've never had a bad experience here and would recommend it as a must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fantastic Course condition

White Horse seems to always be in one of the best shapes around. The fairways today were like country club quality.
The greens were rolling perfectly even if they might be a little difficult to read. The overall experience was great and we will definitely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Cocrse!

The front 9 is fairly tree-lined. The back nine is much more fun with some wacky short par 4's. They are some I have never played before. You can hit the fairway and still be on a huge slope. There is very little rough, it goes from fairway to long grass native in a hurry. All 18 greens are long and skinny, yes every single green is longer than it is wide. It will test your chipping game. Fun cource, would recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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