I got lucky with the weather being sunny and a bit breezy in late winter as I started my mid morning round at The Classic golf course in Spanaway, WA. http://www.classicgolfclub.net/index.html
Spanaway is south of highway 512 and east of Fort Lewis and I-5. It has many different directions into and out of the area.
The housing market in this area I will get to shortly. But I wanted to boast about this course first.
First and foremost I must mention that The Classic is home of PGA touring pro Ryan Moore. Who is doing quite well for the start of the 2007 season. As for the course, in my opinion is the best public course to play in either Pierce or King county. Below is the scorecard for the course.
As you can see there are 4 tees to choose from starting at what you might think would be an easy 6008 yds from the whites and can be stretched to 6902 yds for the more accomplished players. But at the Classic, its not the distance, its the "quality" of golf you have to play to shoot a half way decent number. Several doglegs and small elevation changes are prevelant, but what you will notice starting from hole #1 is the greens. Small, undulated, pristine greens usually with very well placed bunkers surrounding it. This makes you play quality golf from tee to green. The pictures below illustrate the first hole teeing off through a "chute" of trees to a modest landing area with water on the right side.
Then, for your approach shot you have an up hill shot to this green.
The morning I played here, I caught up to a foursome on the first hole so they asked if I wanted to play through. Appearently, one guy in the group wasn't starting off very well. His second shot from the fairway went in the water. It must have just dribbled in and been reachable becasue as he was trying to retrieve that $2.00 sphere. He somehow lost control of his push cart and it rolled into the lake, to quickly for him to react, the cart was immediately under water. The next time I saw him, he was wet head to toe, walking quickly, not smiling, asking his playing partners to see if they could fish out his cell phone. Trying hard not to burst out into total rolling on the ground laughter, his golf buddies sympathetically agreed to help find his cell phone in the now murky lake. That's when they figured I should play through!
Anyway back to golf. Straight drives and accurate approach shots are key to a successful round here. And like most golf courses "rolling the rock well" will help tame the beast.
Water comes into play on some holes. Great bunker locations will certainly swallow a ball on any approach that goes offline or misclubbed.
There are seem aesthetically pleasing holes that help you enjoy your round even if you are spending alot of time in the trees lining most fairways. Here is a view of hole #8 par 3 from the tee box.
As for the Real Estate around the golf course the aren't many homes that have course views or share the course as a backyard. Which for me, actually makes the course more attractive and very peaceful. But if you want a house on the course they are few and far between here. However, I would call the area a golf course community. the homes are priced between $219,000 and $529,000. They range in sqaure feet from 1000 to 3200. At this time there were only 24 active listings in .75 mile radius of the course. There are homes within gated communities as well as your typical subdivisions. The outside holes of the course property is the only place you will see homes from within the golf course.
I should also mention that there are several other golf courses within a very short drive of The Classic.
Ft. Lewis (open to the public), Brookdale and Lipoma Firs just to name a few.
Aerial photo of The Classic and surrounding neighborhoods.