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The Creek at Qualchan Recognized by Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine

Par-4 6th hole selected as one of the ‘Great Holes of the Northwest’

The Creek at Qualchan

The Creek at Qualchan, #6

In the February 2018 issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the par-4 sixth hole at The Creek at Qualchan in Spokane, Wash. is recognized as one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest,” one of just four holes selected each year by the Northwest’s largest and longest-running golf publication.

This softly-sweeping dogleg-left short par-4 has a small lake on the left and Hangman Creek on the right. Its green is protected by bunkers on the back and right, and the green’s surrounds and fringes slope gently toward the lake. All of this makes for a risk-reward hole that fits well into the rhythm of the round, offering opportunity and redemption, with other holes still to play if trouble occurs.

Designed by Bill Robinson, The Creek at Qualchan opened in 1993. It is one of four golf courses owned by the city of Spokane, the others being Downriver, Esmeralda and Indian Canyon. Qualchan features a creek meandering throughout the course, five ponds, wooded and hilly areas, and holes with open beauty and well-protected greens. Qualchan is located in a very natural setting, and is a sanctuary for many species of birds and wildlife. Robinson’s other regional designs include Willamette Valley CC in Canby, Ore., Ocean Dunes Golf Links in Florence, Ore., Shadow Hills CC in Junction City, Ore., and OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore., among many others.

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Photo by Rob Perry