Desert Canyon - Orondo, WA
Desert Canyon lies in the middle of Washington and is well worth the drive. Golfweek ranked Desert Canyon #7 on the best public courses in the state of Washington. With the addition of several new outstanding courses, I would place it just outside the top 10. The course is very scenic and fun to play. The only potential downsides are that you are not permitted to walk the course and there is also high percentage of blind shots facing the golfer.
For my round on a smoke filled summer day, I had one of my best ball striking days in recent memory, hitting 16 of 18 greens in regulation. I was fortunate enough to face 15 birdie putts inside of 15 feet. However, I was able to convert only 1, which was a 1' tap in. That dang putter gets cold when the irons get hot. 36 strokes, 36 putts. for a 72. Freaking golf!
On the par 5 15th, I ran into one of my new favorite golf trees! Although the tree has passed it's prime. I photographed this beauty from just about every angle and we really hit it off. I hope it shows in the photos. You will also notice the smoke in the photos from nearby fires. The course smelled of campfire and burning autumn leaves.