Salish Cliffs Golf Club, located 70 minutes south of Seattle, opened in September 2011 to immense fanfare. Today, the Shelton, Wash., layout continues to earn media acclaim while providing golfers with an unforgettable experience. The 7,269-yard, par-72 Gene Bates-designed course is, along with the adjacent Little Creek Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe, which mandated Bates to create a layout that's one with nature. Mission accomplished.
By Steve Donahue