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February 27, 2020

Get on the Green: Golf Courses in Chelan, WA

Among the many outdoor activities in the Chelan Valley, golf is one of the most popular. And it’s easy to see why: there are seven courses to choose from between 5 and 50 minute’s drive from Chelan. There are courses with challenging terrain, professional design, and interesting surprises, and all are well-maintained, friendly, and in spectacular settings. There are lake, river, vineyard, orchard, or mountain views from nearly every hole. And with the season between May and October, Central Washington sunshine is practically guaranteed. 

Whether golf is the entire reason for your trip, or just one of the ways you enjoy your vacation, check out your options for 18 holes of golf in Chelan:

Lake Chelan Golf Course

Claims to fame: convenient “downtown” Chelan location; lake & mountain views; exceptional community course

Distance from The Lookout: 5 minutes 


Bear Mountain Ranch Golf Course

Claims to fame: Voted ”favorite new course” by PGA Golf Professionals; rated #10 in the state by Golfweek Magazine 2014; all levels (5 tee boxes per hole); fantastic setting and views 

Distance from The Lookout: 20 minutes 


Alta Lake Golf Resort

Claims to fame: “hidden gem” since 1974; family-owned; rebuilt & more beautiful than ever after 2014 wildfires 

Distance from The Lookout: 30 minutes 


Gamble Sands

Claims to fame: Designed by renowned golf course architect David McLay Kidd; many national recognitions & awards including #1 Best Course in Washington by Golfweek in 2019 and #35 of 100 America’s Greatest Courses by Golf Digest 2019; secluded setting & panoramic views 

Distance from The Lookout: 50 minutes


Desert Canyon Golf Resort

Claims to fame: beautiful setting; ranked 7th best public golf course in the state by Golfweek Magazine 2014; target style with five sets of tees for all abilities

Distance from The Lookout: 35 minutes 


Highlander Golf Course

Claims to fame: Columbia River views; three new canyon-carry holes carved into cliffside; Highlander Bar & Grill

Distance from The Lookout: 1 hour


Rock Island Golf Course

Claims to fame: Brand new or re-vamped holes; set on the Columbia River among basalt cliffs

Distance from The Lookout: 1 hour & 10 minutes


Chelan area golf courses will start opening in March, so plan your golf getaway now and book your Lookout rental home! Many vacation homes have hot tubs, fire pits, BBQs, and porches with lake views, perfect for relaxing after a day hitting the links. Plus, even more outdoor activities are right here in our neighborhood: a private waterfront and marina with boat rentals, two pools, parks, and trails. 

Call 855.557.6714 to speak with one of our reservation experts to find the perfect Lake Chelan vacation home at The Lookout!