The Golf Club at Newcastle (Coal Creek Course)

The Golf Club at Newcastle (Coal Creek Course) – Played 2015

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle, Washington
  • Year: 2001
  • Architect: Bob Cupp & Fred Couples
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Tournament: 7,024 yards, Par 72, 74.9 Rating/143 Slope
  • Championship: 6,534 yards, Par 72, 72.6 Rating/136 Slope
  • Regular: 6,011 yards, Par 72, 70.4 Rating/127 Slope
  • Forward: 5,153 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/126 Slope

This was my first round on a big trip to Seattle, Bandon, and Portland.  We were staying with some friends in Seattle.  This meant we had great restaurant recommendations and got to experience the city from a neighborhood standpoint.  We really liked Seattle.  It was incredibly walkable.  The weather cooperated for us and we got to experience much of what the city had to offer.

Located on the outskirts of Seattle, the Coal Creek Course of the Golf Club at Newcastle offers stunning views of the city.  I only got to see a few of these because of some cloudy conditions.  As the skies cleared I was able to catch views of both Seattle and Bellevue.  The complex features 36 holes over 350 acres and a marvelous 44,000 square foot clubhouse.  I didn’t have time to tour the whole clubhouse, but it looked phenomenal from the outside.  I also did not have time to check out the range.  No need to waste all the good shots out there.

I was lucky enough to get paired up with a wonderful father-son twosome who gave me information about the course and showed me the views.  Interestingly enough, the dad was also doing a Top 100 quest of his own.  That made for some very good conversation as the round went along.

We played the Championship tees and all distances reflect that.

Hole 1 – 589 yards – Par 5

We started off with some foggy conditions.  It rained a little the day before so I hit driver.  In some cases when it is dry the ball could run through the fairway.

GNC 1-1From this distance it is just a layup.  There is trouble though, so it demands your full attention.

GNC 1-2The green has a big ridge in the middle.  Putts from the other side of the ridge can be very difficult.

GNC 1-3Hole 2 – 305 yards – Par 4 

This is a short hole by the yardage, but it plays uphill.  You can hit driver here.  Trouble lurks on the left side so favor the right.

GNC 2-1The approach shot also plays up the hill.  Make sure to take enough club to carry the front bunker.

GNC 2-2Hole 3 – 414 yards – Par 4 

This is a funky tee shot.  You can take it left, but you need a very long drive for that.  I took three wood at the two trees on the other side of the fairway.  I had a manageable distance left.

GNC 3-1Here is the approach shot.  There is trouble short and right.  The green is quite large so you can play a little more club.

GNC 3-2The photo below gives you an idea of the size of the putting surface.

GNC 3-3Hole 4 – 137 yards – Par 3 

The first par three provides a good birdie opportunity.  You do not want to miss left in the bunkers.  Take dead aim with a short iron.

GNC 4-1Hole 5 – 514 yards – Par 5 

This hole played long for us!  The shape of the hole calls for a draw.

GNC 5-1The second shot, like the tee shot, plays up the hill.  This will most likely be a three shot hole for all but the biggest bombers.

GNC 5-2The approach plays to an elevated green.  There is a bunker short that must be avoided.

GNC 5-3As you can see from the photo below the green has multiple tiers.  Knowing which tier the flag is on is crucial to hitting your approach shot close.

GNC 5-4Hole 6 – 438 yards – Par 4

This hole is straightforward.  It plays a little downhill so go ahead and bust the big stick out there.

GNC 6-1This was a cool view.  Seattle and Bellevue are beyond those clouds.

GNC 6-2The approach shot plays to a large green guarded by a couple bunkers.  The green is very large and receptive.

GNC 6-3The photo below shows the putting surface.  There is a bit of a false front with some serious slope.  As long as you carry that the putt should be flat.

GNC 6-4Hole 7 – 389 yards – Par 4

My playing partner let me know that this is the longest sub-400 yard par four you can play.  He was right!  I hit a decent drive, but it just went nowhere.  You can hit all you have on this tee.

GNC 7-1The second shot plays much longer than the yardage.  There is a huge false front on this green.  Balls need to be carried at least 10 yards on the green to stay up on the flat section.  You must also avoid the creek in the front and to the immediate right side of the green.

GNC 7-2You can see the close proximity of the creek in the shot below.  Once you carry the false front there is still some slope to negotiate on the putts.

GNC 7-3Hole 8 – 146 yards – Par 3 

I didn’t get any shots of the eighth itself, but I did capture a nature shot.  This is apparently an awesome view when the clouds are gone.  Even so, it was beautiful.

GNC 8-1Hole 9 – 403 yards – Par 4 

This hole played long as well.  You can see the magnificent clubhouse in the distance.  There is not much strategy on this shot.  Pound it out there.

GNC 9-1The approach will play a little longer up the hill.

GNC 9-2The green is quite large.  There is not too much undulation to deal with here.

GNC 9-3Hole 10 – 204 yards – Par 3 

This hole did not play much less than the yardage despite the huge drop.  It is best to favor the right side due to the bunkers and drop off on the left.

GNC 10-1The green is very undulating with large humps.  Good distance control from the tee will make the putting easier.

GNC 10-2Hole 11 – 522 yards – Par 5 

This is an awkward tee shot.  Shots hit too far right will get hung up in the higher grass.  Anything that goes left will be in rough or down into an adjacent fairway.  If you can hit a fade down the center of the fairway that is the best line.

GNC 11-1The second shot is all down the hill.  A draw will play best here as you want to favor the right side of the green.

GNC 11-2If you decide to lay up this is what you will face.  With this pin it is a pretty easy shot.

GNC 11-3Hole 12 – 166 yards – Par 3 

This hole plays a good bit down the hill.  It still only played about a half club short of the yardage.  The is not a lot of room to miss left on the hill because some more vegetation has grown up there.  My playing partners mentioned you used to be able to bounce it up on the green if you took that line.

GNC 12-1 Hole 13 – 399 yards – Par 4

As you can see there is a bit of a theme on this course with uphill tee shots.  You can swing away even though this on is a bit blind.

GNC 13-1I missed the approach shot, but the green is seen below.  There isn’t too much to it.

GNC 13-2Hole 14 – 541 yards – Par 5 

This is a definite three shot hole.  The bunkers are not really in play, but going to the right of them provides a good angle for the second shot.

GNC 14-1The approach is long and uphill.  Rip a three wood.

GNC 14-2More of the same for the approach shot.  Although it is blind, a well struck shot should get you a good birdie opportunity.

GNC 14-3I couldn’t resist taking another photo of the views.  These were definitely an added bonus to the golf.

GNC 14-4Anything on this green should give you a good look at draining a putt.  There isn’t much break.

GNC 14-5Hole 15 – 423 yards – Par 4 

I didn’t get a photo of the tee shot here, but it requires driver.  The approach must carry the bunkers on the left.  There is more green on the left than it appears.

GNC 15-1As you can see from this view, shots missed right will have to negotiate the rough to get up and down.

GNC 15-2Hole 16 – 112 yards – Par 3 

This is a fun little short hole.  There are big bunkers fronting the green.  A good wedge should give you a good look at birdie.

GNC 16-1Hole 17 – 475 yards – Par 5 

This can definitely be reached in two.  We had a tougher time due to the wetter conditions.  Per my partners a good line is just over the left edge of the fairway about 15 yards right of the tree on the left.

GNC 17-1While you can get home in two, you better be very comfortable with the club you are hitting.  There is trouble all around this green.

GNC 17-2You can see here what a great view of the city you would be afforded if the clouds weren’t there.

GNC 17-3Here is the view of the green from a third shot distance.  Obviously anything short is in trouble.

GNC 17-4Hole 18 – 357 yards – Par 4 

We had some visitors on our way to the 18th tee.  They casually gave us their good side!

GNC 18-1The deer must of distracted me from photographing the tee shot.  Our tees were moved up due to some maintenance so the hole played really short.  If memory serves I hit three iron.  Either way, the approach shot is similar to the 9th.  It is uphill over a bunker on the right.

GNC 18-2You can see in this photo that the 18th shares a massive green with the 9th a la some of the great links courses overseas.

 

GNC 18-3This was a really fun course to play.  There was plenty of challenge, but it doesn’t beat you up.  While it may have been a bit pricey for what you get it was still well worth playing at least once.  As a bonus I played with two great guys who made the day very enjoyable.  I cannot wait to get back to Seattle to continue my Top 100 quest.  I hope to meet up with the guys again for a round and a beer!

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5 thoughts on “The Golf Club at Newcastle (Coal Creek Course)

  1. My stomping grounds for the past three years, I agree that both courses at Newcastle are a fun time. They both rank outside of my personal top 10 in the Seattle area, and the price is a little high unless you have the Oki card (a local golf discount card). But, the courses are both very well maintained and challenging but fun. The staff is outstanding. Let me know the next time you head to the PNW. It is still my favorite area of the country to play golf and I may tag along or offer suggestions if you like. Glad you had a great time and great mates to play with.

    1. Thanks Mike! Yeah I was really torn on what to do in Seattle when Sahalee and Chambers Bay didn’t work out. A few of the others were a bit too far since I needed to be back in the city. I definitely looked at some others (Home Course, Salish Cliffs, etc.) Definitely look to get back out there for the other Top 100’s. I loved the area! Look for the remaining courses in the coming weeks.

  2. I loved playing Newcastle when I lived in Seattle. It’s a beautiful challenging course. I always have a great time there, but do wish it were a little cheaper to play! Is it bad that one of my favorite parts about this course is the Bloody Mary’s at the bar in the morning?! 🙂

    I’m heading up to Seattle in a couple weeks and am hoping to get out to Chambers and Newcastle. 🙂

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