Golf Course Review Willows Run Golf Complex EAGLE’S TALON Redmond Washington
Reviewed by: jamesph99, Redmond
Played Willows Run Eagle’s Talon yesterday (Sunday, 2/3/19) and found it to be in decent winter shape.
Greens are very nice, rolling pretty smooth at a medium slow pace. The rest of the course feels much more like winter golf here. The fairways are quite wet in places, the rough is pretty long and lush, and the bunkers are really awful. Tee boxes are a bit beat up, and could probably benefit from the markers being moved around a bit. No drink cart, and the shack at the turn was closed as well, which was a bit disappointing. I can’t blame them though, as there was almost nobody there. It was kind of nice having the place to ourselves, and the quality of the greens certainly made up for any of the other shortcomings of the conditions.
I’m also really glad I got the round in, as we got about half a foot of snow last night, and today’s high temperature was about 30. I’m afraid it’ll be a little while before I get back out.
First round today, of a week golf trip. Played today after a morning tournament and POP was 3.5 H. Indian Canyon was designed in 1930 by H Chandler Egan. Play began in 1935. It is one of the top 25 public courses in the US. It has hosted numerous USGA amateur events.
The course sits in a beautiful canyon (so quite/serene) surrounded by large towering trees, which do come into play (and NO homes). The tee boxes were great. Fairways (up, down, dogleg right, left, lots of elevation changes) were wonderful, with plenty of roll and beautiful lies, all round. Many large bunkers, in great shape and clean and playable. Greens are spectacular. Large, undulating, fast, true. Fabulous par 3’s.
Customer service excellent at all levels. Highly recommended, if/when you are in the area. Tomorrow is Palouse in Pullman and on to Circling Raven.
1st off today POP 2.5 hours. Wow what a course. Designed by John Harbottle Jr. From the tips 7300 +. Lots of elevation changes. Terrific par 3’s and I loved the 3 par 3’s and 3 par 5’s on the back. Course record Maverick McNeily 61. 100% links and on the campus of WA State and just beautiful views of the farmlands. Customer service is fantastic (thanks Brian).
Every tee box was level/clean and in top shape. The fairways looked like a Scottish course, with the brown and green grass, but they were firm (lots of roll) and terrific lies. Traps (not many but deep and dangerous) were so clean and playable. Lots of tall grass (in place of rough) outside of the fairways, that is deep and virtually unplayable. The greens are large (and fast today at 11.5) undulating and just great. They all are below the cart paths (wind protection) in large bowls, with unique ridges around them, allowing you to use them to chip into the green (great design idea). Highly recommended if/when in the area. Great Courtyard and Residence on campus 5 minutes from the course. This is a course not to miss, if you love golf (like all GKer’s do). Great restaurant on site.