"Golf is not a sport. It is a way of life."
On the southern hillside above Lake Chelan is Bear Mountain Ranch Golf Course, one of my absolute favorite golf courses in the country. I've done a lot of traveling and have played a lot of different courses but can honestly say that Bear Mountain is an absolute favorite of mine. And, I love that it is so close to my home in Wenatchee, Washington.
Bear Mountain is 35 miles north of Wenatchee on Hwy 97. It takes about 45 minutes to get there by automobile. Bear Mountain is an absolute pleasure to play because it is in such a beautiful location and nearly every hole has an amazing view high above beautiful Lake Chelan, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of Washington.
Do you want to know why this is a wonderful golf course? No matter how good or bad your game is on any given day, you can't help but be in awe of the beauty and how lucky you are just to be there.
The staff at Bear Mountain is always extremely friendly like they're sincerely glad to have you there. Sometimes I find a chauvinist attitude at other golf course but not at Bear Mountain. They love us senior women golfers.
Bear Mountain has a full service pro shop and club along with plenty of other guest services. It doesn't have a full restaurant, but they have a very nice cafe on the lower level, overlooking the 18th green. It's a great place for a snack at the turn and a cold beverage during or after your round.
If you make a morning tee time, you can go wine tasting and have dinner at one of the many dining options in the area. Chelan is chock full of restaurant choices (and some 30 wineries). O ne of my favorite choices for after golf is the Karma Vineyards which is a 7-minute drive down the hill and around the corner from the golf course. The unique thing about Karma is they an amazing selection of food choices and specialize in champagne tastings, not just wine. Complement a day of golf at Bear Mountain with the champagne tasting and some appetizers (or a full meal) and you have a day made in Heaven.