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Chimacum High School’s Mason Mong chips a ball onto the green on the eighth hole at White Horse Golf Club on April 18. The challenging course has undergone improvements to make it friendlier.                                                      - Kipp Roberston
Chimacum High School’s Mason Mong chips a ball onto the green on the eighth hole at White Horse Golf Club on April 18. The challenging course has undergone improvements to make it friendlier.
— image credit: Kipp Roberston

With summer just around the corner — it officially begins on Tuesday — residents of Kitsap will begin to shed their rain parkas and step out into the bright light known as the sun.

Along with the benefits of warm weather comes the advantage of dry ground, perfect for those who are antsy to get back to the fairway.

In Kitsap, there are seven fine courses from which to choose — starting at the top of the county with White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, down to McCormick Woods Golf Course in Port Orchard.

Golfing in Kitsap:

Gold Mountain Golf Complex

7263 W. Belfair Valley Road, Bremerton

(360) 415-5432

goldmt.com

Olympic course yards: (Gold) men- 7104, women 7035

Cascade course yards: (Gold) 6707

Cascade course: Monday-Thursday $33 (senior $28, Junior $12); Friday $36; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays $40; Weekday Twilight (3 p.m.) $23 (junior $13); Weekend Twilight (3 p.m.) $26.

Olympic course: Monday-Thursday $42 (senior $36, Junior $22); Friday $46; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays $60; Weekday Twilight (3 p.m.) $25 (junior $19); Weekend Twilight (3 p.m.) $27.

McCormick Woods Golf Course

5155 McCormick Woods Drive SW, Port Orchard

(360) 895-0130

Fees: Monday-Thursday $45 (senior $35); Friday-Sunday $59; Mid-day special Monday-Thursday $35, Friday-Sunday $45; Twilight (after 2 p.m.) $29; Active duty Monday-Friday and after 1 p.m. weekends $29; Students Monday-Friday $29 and after 1 p.m. weekends.

McCormick offers a driving range, and putting and chipping greens.

With a view of Mt. Rainer on a clear day, hole 12 is the signature for the course.

Rolling Hills Golf Course

2485 NE McWilliams Road, Bremerton

(360)479-1212

rollinghills-golfcourse.org

Fees: Monday-Friday nine holes $18, 18 holes $28 (Juniors and seniors and active military $20), Twilight $20; Saturday-Sunday and holidays nine holes $20, 18 holes $30, Twilight $22.

Yards: Men-5,976 Women- 5,486

Rolling Hills offers practice greens and bunkers along with a driving range. A restaurant and lounge is also open during course hours.

Holes 10 and 16 are the courses signature holes. The tenth hole is one of the most difficult white tee par 5s in the area, with water hazards and a tough green. The sixteenth hole is a par 3 that takes golfers over a water hazard.

Trophy Lake Golf & Casting

3900 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard

(360) 874-8337

trophylakegolf.com

Fees: Monday-Thursday Earlybird $49, Prime time $65, afternoon $49, twilight $32; Friday-Sunday and holidays $85, afternoon (3 p.m.) $59, twilight $39.

Along with a practice facility, two fly fishing ponds are stocked and a pavilion is available for rent — booked through the summer for weddings.

The eighteenth hole is the signature course, recently receiving an award for "Best risk-reward hole in Washington."

White Horse Golf Club

22795 Three Lions Pl. NE, Kingston

(360) 297-4468

whitehorsegolf.com

Yards: 7,093 total

Fees: Monday-Thursday 18 holes $35, twilight $22; Friday 18 holes $49; Saturday-Sunday and holidays before 8 a.m. $49, 8 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. $55, 12:01 p.m. - twilight $39, twilight $25; seniors $33 Monday-Friday (Friday before 10 a.m.); Military rate $29 weekday, $39 weekend; junior rate $10 after 12 p.m.

Signature holes are 15 and 18.

Course is one of the driest in the area, which makes it sought after in the northwest.

Village Greens Golf Course

2298 Fircrest Drive SE, Port Orchard

(360) 871-1222

website under development

Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fees: $16.50 unlimited ; seniors and military $13.19; juniors $10.99

Yards: 3,255

Offers a putting and chipping green. It is a no alcohol course.

Though the course does not have a defining signature hole, it offers great practice for beginners and those looking for working on their short game.

Meadowmeer Golf & Country Club

8530 Renny Ln., Bainbridge Island

(206) 842-2218

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Yards: Men- 5,596; women- 5,139

Fees: Nine holes $21; 18 holes $31; twilight $15; weekends $25, twilight $26; seniors Monday-Friday $18; juniors $22 for 18 holes.

Putting and chipping greens. No driving range.

This is a private course, open to the public. Certain time slots are not available to the public.

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