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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7269 yards
Slope 140
Rating 75.2

Salish Cliffs Golf Club, part of the Little Creek Casino & Resort, is located 20 minutes from Olympia and is just a little over an hour from Seattle. When the course opened in 2011, it was named "Best New Course" by both Golfweek and GOLF Magazine. The dramatic landscape of the course travels up and down over 600 feet of hillside, providing panoramic views of Kamilche Valley. The golf course is covered in bentgrass turf more frequently found in tropical climate, but that is just one of Salish Cliffs' many unique amenities. Each hole offers a unique challenge. Though the fairways and large greens roll true, accuracy is essential or you'll be severely penalized for missing them. The course finishes on a positive note with an opportunity for a birdie if you favor the left side all the way.

Course Details

Year Built 2011
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gene Bates (2011)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes - "Salish Cliffs Golf Club Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Major credit cards are accepted.
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Dress code Proper Golf Attire Required (No denim, jeans, tank tops, bathing suits or workout attire. Collared shirts required for men, appropriate golf shirts for women.)

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4.6
172 Reviews (172)

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The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 23
Patio Dining 16
Brunch 13
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 43
Bunkers 38
Thick Rough 29
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 38
A Weekend Splurge 34
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 26
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 43
At a Resort 26

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4.0
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A bit bland and high priced

The course was in good condition from tee to green, and greens rolled true. This was a nice track overall and moderately challenging, but thought it fell a little flat in creativity at times, and was not the best value in town. If I could find a discounted rate, would play again.

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Pure golf

Salish Cliffs is an 18-hole course in Shelton, Wash., about 1 hours south of Seattle by the South Puget Sound. It's a great layout by golf architect Gene Bates, and is up the hill from the Little Creek Casino Resort where we stayed. There is no surrounding development, so the course is peaceful and stunning. Lots of evergreens and native grasses frame the holes which are in immaculate condition. The holes offer great variety, and are very memorable. Three of my favorites include No. 3, a long, downhill par 3 with a green nestled along a hillside to the right, with large bunker guarding the front left; and no. 9 and 18, which share a green, and have water and lots of bunkers to factor. The customer service is first class, and the clubhouse is designed with a Native American motif. Two carved, painted totems frame the entryway of the wood, glass and stone building. The course and resort is owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe, and artwork abounds throughout the property, giving everything an excellent Native American vibe. I love this course and play it every time I'm in or near Seattle.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A romp in the Washington woods

Really enjoyed my visit to Salish Cliffs on a recent media trip. The Gene Bates-designed course is carved out of some impressive, dense woods and combines great course conditions with an engaging design, highlighted by some distinctive and sometimes treacherous bunkering. Favorite hole: the short (i.e. reachable) par-4 second hole.

The course is part of a nice casino resort with excellent rooms and good food. Great for a weekend trip and as a compliment to a round at Chambers Bay about 40 minutes east.

(Pictured: the fun risk-reward par-5 18th.)

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very nice experience

Can I give this a 4.9999?

Really enjoyed playing here. The layout is beautiful and kept in perfect condition. Staff is friendly and helpful. It really is a resort course feel.

$95 is pricey, but it did come with a cart with GPS, range balls, and tees. Course is near the ocean (about 40 minutes away) and the fairways a lush. So, it has heavy air and no roll, so the course plays longer than the yardage says, ended up having to hit a lot of 4s and 3s to greens and not 6s and 7s.. Greens were perfect, no bumps and few tricks, they just rolled beautifully.

Why would I mark them down a little? My GPS didn't work for the first four holes (they brought me a new cart), the coffee shop is, well, a coffee shop, not real nice for a place of this type. Finally, their was a drunk group of guys behind me on the back 9 yelling and being obnoxious. Not what I expect from a resort course. Finally, I didn't get my 10% 55+ discount, even asked for it.

I'm being petty, sorry.

I loved the place and will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Costco pack mistake led to an unmistakable day of golf.

First off I lost like 20 golf balls. You hit it anywhere off the fairway or fringe and the balls was gone. Eaten by the hungry fescue. The course was amazing. Staff was amazing. Del is the man. I cant wait to someday go back.

By the way if you are curious I went to buy a 2 pack of rounds to Auburn golf course for $45 and they gave me Salish instead.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

It only takes one...

A lovely course I've wanted to play for some time. I'd definitely like to come back in the summer. The only blemish on an otherwise great experience was the slow play. The group ahead of us took 18 min. to play the 1st hole. It took an hour to play 4 holes! The staff fixed things at the turn. That was 8 holes too late to my mind, though.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 11/19/2016

4 holes in an hour...were the mext 4 in an hour too? Then if you played the ninth in 15 minutes that is 2 hour 15 minutes for 9 holes so about 4 hours and 30 minutes for 18.....sounds like a good pace for Salish as it is normal to play in 4 1/2 to 4 3/4 hours there.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wet but playable

With all the rain the greens were outstanding. Cart path only slowed things down. Course was totally worth the drive.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

Winter Wonderland

End of year frost delayed start and left 11 holes closed. Staff is very friendly and the young man (Caleb) working as valet were great. With the frost, staff was able to open seven holes and allowed unlimited play or till dark. The course does not allow walking and with someof the distance between holes it is understandable. I feel the winter rate is way to high considering many other courses are cheaper. 40 to 60 dollars for winter golf is pricey. I had a Golfnow promo code and reserved a Hot Deal for $45.00 and only got 14 holes in. Restaurant is great with awesome burgers and tremendous staff. Perhaps I may play again in the spring or summer if I can get another good deal.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

this course has great features

winter golf in the northwest. it was in good shape little wet in places greens were better than expected

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course in excellent setting

First time played. Would play the course more since it's only 20 miles from my house but cost of green fees are too high for me to play more than every so often.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

A must play if you're in the area

Great course with lots of features. First time playing there, but will return. Lots of elevation changes. The course was in great shape, considering the recent drought. Greens were fast but ran true. Nice practice facility and range balls included in price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Enjoyable round of golf

Very nice facility and the course was in great shape. Staff is very friendly. Tha carts are great with a nice GPS and score keeping unit. I thought the $60 fee was fair all things considered. I'd play there again.

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

Close to perfect!

Just a great course! Excellent greens - rolled fair and true (wish I would have made a few more of my putts). Super friendly staff and the fairways, hazards, rough, etc., give you plenty of opportunities to challenge holes and yet punish the errant shot. Look for a good deal, pricewise, and this will surely be a special round for you. We loved it and look forward to playing it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Amazing course, definitely a must play in Washington!

The course was an excellent condition. The tee boxes were amazing, fairways were good and greens are fast and true. The staff was friendly, from the bag drop off, to starter, and cart girls, everyone was friendly. Course definitely is challenging but fair. Risk reward, excellent views. Watch out for garden snakes, show several. Pace of play was good, played in 4 hours with a slower 4some in front of us but didn't really wait on any tee boxes. Worth the drive from Seattle, also they have Hot deals during the week, so if can, buy one and go play. Won't be disappointed.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great time, great course

The back nine has a lot of places you need to carry but it is wonderfull, challenging and in great shape. Plenty of shade in hot weather.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

You Must Play this Course!

The course is challenging with beautifully maintained greens, fairways and tee boxes. Friendly, helpful staff are there to make your golf outing enjoyable! Play it and you will want to return!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Outstanding

Enjoyed the challenge. Course is not cheap, but was in excellent condition. Staff was great. We will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Immaculate

Salish Cliffs is first class. The course was in beautiful shape: green fairways and challenging true greens. The back nine is more difficult than the front, in my opinion. Each hole is framed nicely, and territorial views are seen throughout the course. The practice areas are very nice, especially the area by the first and tenth tees. The food in the restaurant is good and provides a nice atmosphere, also has a nice outdoor seating area. Everything about this place is top notch and I look forward to returning.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Awesome course!

The staff was super courteous and helped us tremendously because they knew that it was our first time there. The scenery is very nice and each hole gives you something to view outside of playing golf. The course is very well maintained and is very challenging. On the day I went the wind was blowing mach speed but that just added to the challenge. I drove 3 1/2 hours to play this course because I had heard a lot about it and was well worth it. I will definitely be going back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Always fun and challenging

The course is in good condition. It was windy which always adds to the challenge. The course has a nice variety of holes with drivable par 4s and long par 3s/

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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