The Cedars at Dungeness offers more than relief from the rain

Updated: November 6, 2017

Winter golf in the Northwest can be challenging at times, but as the serious golfer knows, it can still be great fun. Yes, we wear several layers of clothes, our driest shoes and maybe a ski scarf to keep the rain from going down our neck, but it’s still golf with our friends. It’s still better than snow…right?

Even winter golf is more enjoyable when the sun comes out, no matter the 40-degree temperature. There is an option though! Even the hardiest of winter golfer gets tired of the rain at some point. There is a way out. There are several dry courses around the Puget Sound region but only one has what we are all looking for–dry weather. That course is The Cedars at Dungeness.

Yes, what you’ve heard of the Sequim area is for real. The winter weather patterns come to us from the south and when the rain-heavy clouds stack up against the Olympic Mountains they are forced to either unload or go around creating a clearing that pilots have long called “The Blue Hole”. The Cedars at Dungeness in strategically located in that rain shadow. With an annual rainfall between 13-19 inches it is the driest place in all of western Washington.

But it’s not just the lack of rain that makes The Cedars at Dungeness so attractive, the course has a challenging layout and is always in impeccable condition, even in winter. While the length of the course may seem short by some standards, the difficulty and the prevailing winds provide a challenge that will keep golfers focused throughout the round. Hole 15, the toughest par 4 on the course usually plays long, but can be almost unreachable for the average player when the wind is really blowing. A bogy on this par 4 hole feels like a par.

The Jamestown Tribe that owns the course has invested a significant amount of effort and money to present one of the most outstanding golfing experiences in the Northwest. In recent years the clubhouse has undergone a complete remodel along with the most impressive landscaping found anywhere. The staging area has been upgraded to accommodate tournaments and the carts all have GPS and you can even rent Golf Boards! The transformation has taken a few years but it has been quite remarkable.

So, when the rainy weather starts to get you down, or if you a looking for a great golfing experience, you have an option right in your back yard where it may not be warm but it most likely won’t be raining and the course will be dryer than any other you could be playing in western Washington.

If you want to make a weekend out of it, there are stay n’ play packages at nearly all of the motels in the area. But there’s more! When the golf is done and you want to have some more fun, the 7 Cedars Casino is just a few miles away with all of the excitement you could wish for: gaming, live entertainment shows and great dining options. What more could you wish for on a weekend golfing trip?