While wedding guests sampled caviar and champagne, I couldn’t keep my eyes off the bordering putting course. Newcastle Golf Club overlooks Seattle and Puget sound. Two public 18-hole golf courses surround the stunning mountaintop clubhouse. August weddings in the rainy Seattle area are popular, and this day was perfect.
While friends pointed out distant Olympic Mountains and the Space Needle, I looked down on the putting course. Built in terraces, the course featured fescue lined “fairways” with subtle bunkers that one can easily putt out. Walkways connect each hole. Professionally shaped, it looked like a tiny links-style Scottish links.
While the sun set over Puget Sound, forty people played the little putting course. Grandmothers played with grandchildren. Young professionals played with flashy girlfriends. When a little boy sank a ten foot putt his sister gave him a high five. The little putting course captivated all forty players.
I’m sure the putting course has free access. When the golf industry considers how to attract new golfers, they should take a look at the little putting course on a hill in Newcastle, Washington.