1. sixpez Posted: 12/27/17 9:39a Member Since: Oct 16, 2003 From: Rancho Mirage, CA
With much of the area still under ice after Sunday's surprise snowstorm, Three Rivers turned out to be a good option for a round yesterday. I arrived around 10:45 and was teeing off a few minutes late... Continue »
With much of the area still under ice after Sunday's surprise snowstorm, Three Rivers turned out to be a good option for a round yesterday. I arrived around 10:45 and was teeing off a few minutes later by myself. A group on the first tee let me go ahead and then I zipped around with nobody in front of me after that. The pro shop guy was super nice and gave me the twilight w/cart rate of $27.50 that would normally start at noon.
The course was in solid overall condition for winter. This is one that really promotes the benefits of having volcanic ash in the soil, which allows it to drain very well. That's certainly a helpful trait in this area! The tee boxes were fine and the fairways were overall pretty consistently good. The rough was a bit more inconsistent, but had solid coverage throughout and was never too much of a factor. I think it's primarily a fescue turf here like you'll find on a lot of NW coastal courses, so it does well in harsh conditions. The greens were soft (but not too soft) and rolling smooth at medium speeds. A few greens still had some small patches of ice/snow. I wasn't in any bunkers but they looked pretty damp/compacted.
The layout here is pretty simple and forgiving from tee to green. A few small changes in elevation to add some variety, but nothing too significant. Part of the course run right along the river, but it doesn't compare to the prettiness of Lewis River. The fact it drains so well makes this a good option for bad weather golf, but it wouldn't be my top choice in the SoWa area.