Lake Spanaway is a majestic golf course carved out of a forest of native firs that truly is a great test of golf. A long straight driver at Lake Spanaway is a great tool to have to lower your scores. The greens are large and the breaks are somewhat subtle at times. This is a challenging, yet fair, golf course for golfers of all levels and ages.

The 18 hole, championship layout Lake Spanaway, designed by legendary A. V. Macan, (who also designed, among others, Fircrest in Tacoma, Broadmoor and Inglewood in Seattle, and Royal Colwood in Victoria), opened in 1967 and is located at 15602 Pacific Avenue in Spanaway, a community south of Tacoma in central Pierce County adjacent to Spanaway Lake. The course has been recognized on a national level and consistently ranks as one of the top courses in the Pacific Northwest. Only recently Lake Spanaway was acknowledged with the following: in 1999 the Seattle PI rated it as one of the regions driest golf courses.

In 2002 Lake Spanaway’s 15th hole was selected by the Seattle Times as one the top 18 holes in the Puget Sound, with 7 of it’s other holes receiving Honorable Mention or Runner Up recognition as well. In 2003, the Seattle Times referred to Lake Spanaway as one of the "Best Bang for the Buck" courses in the area. In 1997 it hosted the 14 Annual Pacific NW Men’s Amateur Public Links Championship. Again, in 1998 it hosted the 1st Annual Pacific NW Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. September 2003, Lake Spanaway hosted the USGA Mid-Amateur Qualifier. In 2004 Lake Spanaway hosted the Washington State Golf Association Men’s Amateur Championship.

Scorecard

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Women's Handicap Par
1 422 402 382 318 3 7 4
2 458 425 407 358 1 5 4
3 195 170 144 125 17 17 3
4 423 378 358 299 11 9 4
5 501 492 476 451 9 3 5
6 195 173 164 118 15 15 3
7 399 377 359 339 13 13 4
8 463 382 363 300 5 11 4
9 525 519 502 468 7 1 5
OUT 3581 3318 3155 2776 OUT OUT 36
10 458 452 425 406 12 4 5
11 419 406 396 336 4 10 4
12 444 397 382 347 2 14 4
13 524 500 484 454 8 2 5
14 157 143 131 110 18 18 3
15 471 422 397 358 6 8 4
16 428 413 390 329 10 6 4
17 190 174 161 148 16 16 3
18 411 376 357 340 14 12 4
IN 3502 3283 3123 2828 IN IN 36
               
TOTAL 7083 6601 6278 5604 TOTAL TOTAL 72

 

  Black Blue White Red
Men's Rated 73.5 71.2 69.9 67.4
Men's Slope 125 121 118 114
Women's Rated 79.5 76.2 73.6 71.2
Women's Slope 138 131 124 117

 

HOLES 1 - 9:

The first 9 holes challenge golfers of all abilities to match par. There isn't a hole, until you get to #9 a mid-length par 5, that will allow you to catch your breath. Watch the par 4's and par 3's, they will make or break you on the front side. There are some scoring opportunities on the par 5's, but these two holes can also reach up and bite you when you least expect it.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
1 422 402 382 318 3 4 4 7 34

This challenging dog leg left opening hole requires a right to left tee shot to set up a mid to long iron approach to a green that slopes back to front. A large, right green side bunker will come into play when the flag stick is on the right 2/3 of the green.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
2 436 418 402 406 1 4 5 5 25

A long straight away that requires a very accurate tee shot, and a second shot that makes the best shot makers really think.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
3 195 170 144 125 17 3 3 17 39

The green has a three-club swing and any shot that doesn't hold on the left-hand side makes for a very tricky up and down. A great shot makers' hole from the back tee.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
4 423 378 358 299 9 4 4 9 36

This slight dog leg right, par 4 requires a tee shot that is played to the left side of the fairway. The mid to long iron second is guarded by a grass bunker that runs the entire width of the green on the right side.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
5 501 492 476 451 13 5 5 3 38

Be careful of the "grip it and rip it" attitude as you prepare to hit the tee shot on this relatively short par 5. Right and left are jail and possible bogey. Two huge bunkers guard the front of the gigantic green and require very difficult sand shots.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
6 195 181 166 118 15 3 3 15 35

A downhill par 3 that you do not want to be long on when the flag stick is on the front of the green. With two bunkers front left and right, easy does it on all down hill putts.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
7 398 374 364 338 11 4 4 13 35

Aim right at the giant fir, standing 150 yards from the center of the green. Any ball left or right will leave you a mid to long iron to this long narrow green.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
8 421 382 352 300 5 4 4 11 37

Keep your tee shot down the left-hand side of this long par 4, as the right side is known as bogeyville. The front part of this green is hidden and guarded by a blind bunker front right.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
9 519 519 500 468 7 5 5 1 32

Fly the bunker on the left side of the fairway, and you could be home free. Short of it and you're playing a three shot par 5 to a heavily guarded green.

HOLES 10-18

The back 9 is as challenging as the front. Skilled shot making is going to be required to make it through the remaining 9 holes in par or better.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
10 458 419 360 406 4 4 5 4 35

This is the "Amen" corner of Lake Spanaway. Play holes 10, 11, and 12 even par or better and you will feel like a King or Queen. Under par and you will feel like you are on top of the world. A straight drive will set up a fairway wood to a relatively generous green. Be careful of the sand bunker on the right hand side of the green.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
11 419 406 396 328 8 4 4 10 36

This hole appears to play longer than it does. A smooth swing with your driver down the left center of the fairway and you are set up perfectly for a mid to short iron approach to a big, generous green.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
12 444 397 382 347 2 4 4 14 34

This dog leg left par 4 is one of the holes at Lake Spanaway that you will remember when your round is finished. Take an extra club on your approach. It is all carry to this huge green protected by two bunkers from left and right.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
13 518 500 484 454 10 5 5 2 28

Play this straight away par 5 as a three shot hole and you are assured a par or birdie. If you go for it in two - a fade off center of the fairway will give you your best lie and approach to this green that slopes back to front, and has a bit more break than you actually see.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
14 157 143 131 110 18 3 3 18 30

This sleeping beauty of a par 3 could be the kiss of death. No the water does not come into play here but more bogeys than birdies are marked on the scorecards. Just because this is the 18th handicap hole doesn't mean it's easy.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
15 471 422 410 358 6 4 4 8 28

This is the big giant that has conquered them all. The trees are double bogey trees, not firs. Cut the center of the fairway or play the right side. Those sand bunkers left and subtle hill that rolls away from the green on the right will make you wonder why you didn't take one or more clubs for your second shot.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
16 415 402 387 415 14 4 5 6 36

Play 16, 17, and 18 even par and you're in the money. Play 16 down the middle and aim for the middle of the green. This green is second to #6 in three putts.
 

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
17 189 169 155 140 16 3 3 16 34

#17 is the second toughest par 3 on the course. Two giant firs on the left and fairly good size bunker on the right protect this large green. It looks simple, but looks can be deceiving.

Hole Black Blue White Red Men's Handicap Men's Par Women's Par Women's Handicap Green Depth
18 411 376 357 340 12 4 4 12 34

A straight drive down the middle of 18 is the biggest gift a golfer can ask for. As you walk up the middle of the fairway, you will notice that the trees do not come in as close as they appear from the tee.