Swing into a golf getaway at state parks

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"Putt" yourself in this picture! Washington enjoys some top notch golf courses, like this one at Desert Canyon Golf Resort near Daroga State Park. Photo courtesy of Desert Canyon Golf Resort.

July 24, 2019

Camping? Or golfing?

How about both?

Washington has top-notch golf courses, and some of them are located near and even in state parks. Book a night or more at any of these stellar camping parks, and enjoy a night under the stars and a day on the fairways and greens.

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Ready "fore" a great getaway? Try out these beautiful state parks and nearby golf courses!

Alta Lake State Park

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Alta Lake State Park is home to some of the most scenic camping in the state — and the Alta Lake Golf Resort is right next door.

Camp: Alta Lake State Park
Alta Lake is a high-desert camping favorite for good reason: The park features tall bluffs and pines, a trout-stocked lake, a warm swimming beach and roomy sites for tents and RV. Damaged by fire in 2014, Alta Lake continues to recover in dramatic and inspiring ways.

Golf: Alta Lake Golf Resort
Enjoy that morning cup of coffee at your campsite, sling your clubs over your shoulder and hike out to a great day on the green. Alta Lake Golf Resort is just a 10-minute walk from the park. Take in 18 holes at this full-service course, which features cart rentals and a clubhouse with a restaurant. Then, hike on back to camp for dinner around the fire.

Cape Disappointment State Park

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Ocean views, low crowds and bargain prices — Surfside Golf Course on the Long Beach Peninsula is a hidden gem for golf enthusiasts!

Camp: Cape Disappointment State Park
Cape Disappointment is a camping winner! Home to iconic North Head Lighthouse, some killer surf and the intriguing Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, it also has beautiful, forested sites in earshot of the Pacific. If you prefer something a bit more cozy, reserve one of the park’s 14 yurts, and sip your morning coffee on the covered front porch.

Golf: Surfside Golf Course
It’s a bit of a drive to get to Surfside Golf Course from Cape Disappointment. But it’s a drive that takes you along the scenic Long Beach Peninsula to a 9-hole course with all the amenities (carts, café, etc.), ocean views and inexpensive greens fees to boot.

Pearrygin Lake State Park

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Say ahhhh! Rent a cabin at Pearrygin Lake State Park for an easy, relaxing getaway.

Camp: Pearrygin Lake State Park
Truly a park for all seasons, Pearrygin Lake offers memorable lakeside camping right in the heart of the renowned Methow Valley. Swim, fish and camp. Or pull up your RV at one of the 50 full hookup sites. Not into tents? Rent one of the park’s two cabins or the vacation house!

Golf: Bear Creek Golf Course
Bear Creek Golf Course enjoys all the beauty of the Methow Valley and the Sawtooth Mountain Range. A Winthrop-area favorite since 1969, Bear Creek also includes a disc golf course. This nine-hole course shares a border with the park, but you will have to drive about 7 miles to get there from the campground.

Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park

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Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park is a true oasis! Come swim, fish, explore and play 9 holes at the bargain-priced Vic Meyers Golf Course right next to the park.

Camp: Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park
Sun Lakes-Dry Falls is just one of those parks that stands out as an experience. A noted North American geological wonder, this park also has ample campsites. If you like fishing (as well as golfing) make sure to pack a rod and reel — this is a trout fishing hot spot. NOTE: it gets seriously windy here. Prepare accordingly.

Golf: Vic Meyers Golf Course
Another convenient course! The Vic Meyers Golf Course at the Sun Lakes Park Resort next to the park is a beautiful Scottish links-style 9-hole course. This is a bargain-priced course in a visually stunning desert oasis.

Paradise Point State Park

Camp and DISC golf: Paradise Point State Park
So maybe your idea of golf is a little different and involves heavy, Frisbee-like discs instead of balls and chain basket “holes.” We’ve got just the place for you! Paradise Point on the Lewis River is a lovely and classic Northwest camping park. Stay the night in a wooded site or yurt, and get your game on all day at the park’s disc golf course.

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