The Green on Lake Chelan isn’t exactly on the lake, but it’s awfully close. At right, Taylor Prudinck plays a round. Enzian Inn in Leavenworth. Built in 1999, it was designed by Frei and Enzian Inn owner Rob Johnson, the guy who blows the alpenhorn at the inn’s famous breakfasts. Back then, says inn General Manager Jordan Brown, Johnson had eyes on running a full-size course, and thought the putting course would be a good trial run. (That big course never happened.) Guests of the Enzian and Alpine Rivers Inn, also owned by Johnson, play the putting course for free and make up about half the rounds played there. Others pay $12 at the Enzian Inn’s front desk, then dodge highway traffic before dropping down to the first tee. The holes are tricky and narrow here, with some steep pitches. You can’t get to the pin from many of the teeing areas; the slopes and gravity won’t permit it. The 1,577-foot course is a par 57, with three par-2s and no par fives. Longest hole is the 118-foot No. 13. The Wenatchee River winds past nearby, but the Enzian course has its own water features: You get to walk under a realistic concrete waterfall as you exit the course, and a man-made creek runs through it, but you’d have to be terrible to land your ball in it. If your ball does end up in one of the few sand traps that dot the course, take your one-stroke penalty and drop where it entered the trap. Oh, and goats. Three of them — Nutella, Cocoa and Hansi — groom the hillside above the course, but not the course itself. 88
September / October 2013
Above, Randall Jones and son Matthew of Battle Ground hit the ball in the park-like setting of Leavenworth’s Enzian Falls Championship Putting Course. At left, one of three goats that groom the hillside at the course.
The course is open every day April through October. Information: 800-2238511 The Green on Lake Chelan is operated by the City of Chelan Parks & Recreation Department at Don Morse Park at the head of the lake, where tourists gather at the beach, an RV park and the Lakeside Drive-in. They also
helped push the number of rounds played on The Green to 19,500 last year. Course architect John Fought III was a former PGA pro who designed many award-winning full-size courses. He made the most of The Green’s gently sloping topography to lay out this compact 1,800-foot course with a par of 50. No par-5 holes here, but plenty of testy par-3s.
Published on Aug 21, 2013