Bob and Teri Patterson of Bremerton, Washington, are typical RV golfers. “For the last 25 years we’ve been pursuing our golfing adventures in an RV,” says Bob, a recently retired elementary school teacher with a 15 handicap.
The Pattersons started RVing with a modest eight-foot cab-over camper a quarter century ago. Today, they travel in the comfort of a 26-foot Nomad with all the bells and whistles. “We really enjoy the latitude that traveling in an RV gives us,” said Bob. “We can golf at a lot of locations, go to other courses whenever we want, or extend our stay. We also meet lots of other people who share our interest in RVing and golfing.”
When not on the road exploring RV-golf resorts, Bob and Teri practice their game at Lake Land Village, a golf community in Allyn, Washington, that offers 27 holes of golf.
A few of their recommended destinations east of the Cascade Mountains include Sage Hills Golf Club & RV Resort in Warden and Quincy Golf Club in Quincy. “We really like Sage Hill,” said Teri, who carries a 22 handicap. “The staff is very friendly, and they let us put on a nine-hole scramble for those of us staying in the RV park! It’s a nice quiet location with good RV sites and a swimming pool. And, the pro shop and restaurant are very nice; they have great blackberry pie.”
Another popular RV-golf destination is Desert Canyon Golf Resort in Orondo, halfway between Wenatchee and Chelan. Hole six is a monster 690 yards from the tips. Golf Digest recently ranked it as the seventh best par five in America. The sixth hole is strategically placed at the highest point of the mountainous golf course, resulting in spectacular sweeping views of the Columbia River Valley. The beauty of RV-golfing here is the proximity of the golf course and RV park.
A little farther south, travelers will find Sun Tides Golf & RV Park in Yakima. Located in the heart of the state’s wine country, Sun Tides offers 60 RV sites and a par-70, 18-hole golf course. Further south in the Tri-Cities, Horn Rapids RV Resort features 235 sites and an 18-hole, desert-style links golf course. Many RVers use these two venues as base camps for other activities, like wine tasting, fishing and rafting.
At the eastern end of the state, near Idaho, Spokane RV Resort & Deer Park Golf Club has been a favorite of RV-golfers for several years. With more than 150 sites and a 6,751-yard, 18-hole golf course, Spokane RV Resort amenities includes a huge clubhouse, outdoor pool, hot tub, putting green, driving range, and pro shop, as well as Divots Restaurant and Sports Bar.
“Spokane RV Resort and Deer Park Golf Club has been on our list of places to visit for a while now,” says Bob Patterson. “I’ve played a lot of courses over in that region, but that’s one I definitely want to try out.”
Back on the west side of the state, RV enthusiasts should consider a visit to Maple Grove Resort, located in Randle, 80 miles southeast of Tacoma. Open year-round, the spacious RV park offers 175 sites, a clubhouse, indoor pool, hot tub and playground. The nine-hole executive golf course measures 3,141 yards.
Maple Grove Resort is part of K/M Resorts of America, which operates several high-quality RV parks in Washington, including locations in Spokane, Sequim, Blaine and Ocean City. Most have golf courses nearby.
Located in Randle on the Cowlitz River is Cascade Peaks Golf Resort, which recently changed its name to reflect the fact that a nine-hole golf course is opening there this summer. This resort offers two swimming pools, two saunas, tanning bed and a clubhouse in addition to the golf course.
Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” For the RV-golfer, that’s not such a bad thing, given the number of campgrounds and golf courses available.
The 19th Hole (and a few chip shots)
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Rick Stedman is an avid RVer, golfer and writer who lives in Yakima, Washington. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org