I've been wanting to play these West Sound courses for a while now, so I decided to roll myself out of bed at 5:30 a.m. I quickly grabbed my gear and walked out into the crisp, cool morning air.
I had never driven on to the ferry here in Edmonds, so I thought it wise to arrive early to insure my place on the 7:10 a.m. boat. When I pulled up to the pay station around 6 a.m. the attendant asked if I was aware the boat wouldn't be leaving for another hour. I shook my head yes and explained that I wanted to beat the crowds. She playfully congratulated me on my overwhelming success and sent me on my way.
I found my way around the course easily and also discovered that the course had long tees for each hole, so you could get in 18 holes if you desired. I didn't. Van Zee had a little bit of everything. All the holes were short, but there were wooded, elevated and wide open fairways. The design mostly calls for midrange and putters off the tee, but there were a few holes that made me pull out a driver. I don't think I would want to play this course while it is crowded with park goers, but I would definitely hit this course up in the early mornings if I lived close by.
I didn't want to play the long tees, because I wanted to give myself enough time to play the big courses coming up like Dalaiwood.
I ended up playing the entire round with the only other person on the course. Rob was nice enough to act as my guide. Dalaiwood is tough the first time around. I know I can shoot better on that course, but on this day I had my butt handed to me. I was forced to use my entire arsenal of shots. I even had to drive off a couple tees with a forehand. I never drive with a forehand.
After a round through thick trees, winding fairways and barn yard obstacles Rob and I stopped and chatted with Jeanne in the pro shop. Not only does this family have their own 18 hole course, but they have their own fully stocked store ran out of a garage. Dalaiwood makes you want to play better, but it also makes you want to stay.
Back at Van Zee I had smacked a tree and warped my Pro D Challenger, so I decided I was going to buy a new one here at Dalaiwood. I ended up finding a super-flat white one and I splurged on a yellow Legacy Clutch too. I've been wanting to try those ever since the Rico brothers produced them.