Dakota Creek Golf And Country
3258 Haynie Rd.
1st Mon of Month Dawn - Dusk
It could be argued that some of the most diverse topography in Whatcom County can be found at Dakota Creek golf course in Custer. A course that features a landscape with a little bit of everything, Dakota Creek appears to present a unique microcosm of the beautiful region that surrounds it.
The course built on a hill; Dakota’s landscape influence may best be described as adaptation. Instead of moving tons of land, Dakota Creek does a nice job of using the natural features to create a unique and highly enjoyable round of golf. As a result, the course features fairways with rolling hills, lush vegetation, and unusual hazards that would make even Tiger Woods blush.
Highlighting the round may be the 319-yard number 3 hole, in which golfers must tee off over a rather deep ravine. The cart path then leads you down through the ravine, over a small creek then up the other side. Golfers may choose to spend some time down by the creek looking for the mulligan they shanked down there earlier. Other unique holes include the 78-yard par-3 on two and hole eight, which requires golfers to reach the pin only after enduring a harrowing 30-degree incline to the green.
But, perhaps the most enduring part of the course is the newly opened back nine, which rests on top of a large hill and offers spectacular views of North Whatcom County, including Birch Bay and the San Juan Islands. It is here that the course straightens out, allowing golfers back into the more traditional world of straight, wide fairway golf found in most courses in Whatcom County. It is also here that you can make up some of the strokes you lost on the front nine.
In a region that maintains a large number of treeless links courses, Dakota Creek is one of the original purveyors of au-natural golf in Whatcom County. The thick vegetation lining most fairways adds a beautifully distinct boundary to many holes. This also means, of course that a hook or slice is out of the question. The well-manicured fairways and greens provide some of the only traces of construction in a course that seems to have been designed completely by Mother Nature.
Take I-5 to exit 270. Take the first left and continue to Haynie Road. Turn right and the golf course is about 50 feet farther on.
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