MAY 2019 | PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER 21 And the seasons they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down We’re captive on the carousel of time We can’t return we can only look behind From where we came And go round and round and round In the circle game –Joni Mitchell, “The Circle Game” Goldendale GOLF CLUB BY YVONNE PEPIN-WAKEFIELD The opportunity to play two golf courses in the shadow of one of Washington’s five volcanoes, 12,276-foot-high Mount Adams, is only 50 miles apart. Goldendale Golf Club in Kittitas County and Mount Adams Country Club inYakima County are linked by Highway 97 and it is possible to play at least nine holes on each course in one day with plenty of time left to enjoy the amenities of the towns in which they are located. GOLDENDALE GOLF CLUB, about 100 miles east of Portland, is like many small historic courses which have been built up and out from farming land.The original sand course was carved by horse- drawn teams in 1924, and five years later a farmhouse moved to the site served as the first clubhouse. By 1959 the course was seeded and kept green by spring-fed Bloodgood Creek, which doubles as a water hazard and irrigation source. Early on, Goldendale was established as a family-friendly club, and a Sunday tradition began for children to go to the movie theater while parents played golf, with everyone later reconvening at the clubhouse for a potluck dinner. In the 1960s, membership certificates were sold at $75 per voting share, which generated 78 members (25 percent of whom were left-handed). Today the semi-private club has about 100 members and is overseen by PGA Professional Keith Johnson. He also runs the small but well-stocked pro shop where players can pick up equipment or cold drinks and snacks.There is no restaurant, but Keith will whip up a simple meal of burgers upon request. This roly-poly and range-flat course can be a tricky first-time play and challenges you to use every club in your bag. Heavy winter snows didn’t take a toll on the Bluegrass-rye fairways naturally fertilized by native deer. Handmade birdhouses on fence posts line some of the pastoral fairways to attract native Western Bluebirds. Peek-a-boo views of Mount Adams are seen from nearly every hole, but are outstanding from the expansive fairways of five and six. 509-773-4705 • Bloodgood Creek cuts through the Goldendale course Keith Johnson PGA pro and Goldendale clubhouse manager