SHORT GAME New Investments Make Golf A Little Easier at Eaglemont
Eaglemont Golf Club • Mount Vernon
ucked on a ridge looking across the Skagit Valley, Eaglemont has long been one of our favorite courses on the north end of the Puget Sound region, especially since reconfiguring its layout in 2011 to accommodate a brand-new hilltop clubhouse. With its many elevation changes, narrow fairways and numerous forced carries, though, it had earned a reputation as one of Washington’s tougher tracks for mid- and high-handicappers. Sure, it’s great to host USGA qualifiers, but if the average golfer chooses to put their $40 or $50 elsewhere because they’re tired of losing golf balls, all the USGA qualifiers in the world won’t do much to improve your bottom line. Recently — led by superintendent Troy Russell and head pro Cory Valentine — Eaglemont has launched a series of efforts to improve the course’s playability, including both technological improvements to help golfers navigate the course and better dial in their distances, as well as physical alterations to the golf course itself. Work started in 2017 with an effort to soften the green approaches, making it easier both to hold the greens, as
well as for golfers whose approaches landed short. In the two years since, Eaglemont has also cleared trees to open up tee boxes and fairways (and add even more views of Mt. Baker), built new tee boxes to give players of different abilities more options, and added GPS to all of its carts — the latter of which may be the most helpful investment of all, making it easier for golfers to navigate Eaglemont’s many bunkers and hazards by providing distances to layup areas, green approaches and more. The end result is a course that has preserved everything we’ve always loved about Eaglemont — those mem-
orable tee shots, the incredible views, and the top-notch conditioning — while at the same time making it a little easier for golfers to put a good number on the scorecard, a fact players of all abilities will appreciate. Rates start at $35, with all-day play available on weekdays for $80, and weekends for $91 (all rates include cart), with the full rate schedule available online at EaglemontGolf.com. If you haven’t visited Eaglemont in a while, it’s a good year to go back — and, best of all, you can leave those extra golf balls at home.
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