He went up the Columbia River, and just before reaching the Snake, he decided to take a detour up the Walla Walla River to visit some PNW wineries. And it was there, while drinking a crisp Pinot, he decided to set up shop for 2023!
Here to offer some local insight for those of you who might be saying, “Where the heck is Walla Walla/Wine Valley”. I’ve lived in Eastern WA/OR for the last 18 years so I have a pretty good knowledge base. I also am in the Wine Industry so I am familiar with that side of the trip. The town is immensely drivable and you shouldn’t see a hint of traffic.
Walla Walla is situated in Eastern Washington. Centrally located in Washington Wine Country. There is over 120 wineries located in the region. I’ll walk through some of the highlights of the area and course:
Your main airport if flying in will be Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco WA. This regional airport has direct flights to SFO, Seattle, Burbank, Minneapolis, Denver, etc.
This is a regional airport. You will not have to deal with the bullshit that was SEA-TAC on a Sunday. I have never waited more than 10 minutes in a security line. We don’t have a Delta Lounge for the C-Suite types. We do however make up for it with ease of travel.
The airport is 45 minutes from the course so you will need a rental car. There is an airport in Walla Walla, but this would be your main hub.
Simply put, Wine Valley is Dan Hixon’s best work. Firm, Fast and wonderfully playable. It’s consistently ranked in the Top 3 of Washington Courses. There’s a Scottish feel to the course. So if you have played there you know what to expect. The bunkers are “natural” and if the wind is up you will need to play the ball low.
Other courses in the area include: Walla Walla Country Club, Vets Memorial (For a nice strapped round) and Touchet Valley (Musselburgh of Washington. Two holes are in the middle of a racetrack).
Wine Valley is a course where you can’t have a bad round. Even if you play poorly you will enjoy yourself. Easy to walk but also carts available if you should need.
Food is okay, great patio and the beers are cold.
This is the area’s most notable industry is wine. And as I mentioned earlier there are over 120 wineries in the area. This is a great place to bring the wife along for a long weekend to mix in with the golf. With @MrVinegar206 scheduling most of the scoring rounds in the morning, that leaves Saturday to explore if you’re not out looking for more golf.
As I mentioned there’s a ton of wineries. I work for a rather large one and in an act of humility I won’t mention them. However some of the highlights include:
Again, too many to mention and I would defer to our PNW expert @Generational3Putter for more guidance. I am wickedly biased.
Walla Walla fuqs when it comes to dining options. A very walkable downtown is a great departure for the Seattle-Area of the last few years. Dining Reservations are recommended for most places a few weeks out. So if you know you’re coming. Plan ahead.
Passatempo Taverna (Great Italian Food)
Brasserie Four (Great French Food)
The Kinglet (Chef Tasting Menu Type Fare)
Again, the trip is a long ways out. But I can’t recommend the course and town enough. If you are looking for a true hidden gem that screams “Crash Course”. This is your place. As always, the vibes will be high. That’s what we do in the PNW.