Golf Magazine needs to cut back on the crack.
No. 6. Seattle, Wash.
Median home price: $380,200
Number of public courses: 62
Median green fee: $45
THE GOLF: Fun fact: Seattle's iconic, 605-foot-high Space Needle was designed to look like a tee. OK, we made that up, but given the area's golf goods, it could be true. Two greats are Washington National and the Coal Creek course at the Golf Club at Newcastle. The recent debut of the tough-but-fun Chambers Bay, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design near the Puget Sound, helps make the home of Starbucks good to the last (penalty) drop.
The 3 courses they mention, Washington National, is in Auburn, Coal Creek, Newcastle/Bellevue, Chambers Bay, Tacoma. I guess it is "Seattle Area".
So what could possibly be the criteria for coming up with this list? Surely not weather, affordability or nice courses....
1. Weather: How much sun, rain, snow, etc.
2. Affordability: Median green fees of public courses, in relation to the median household income
3. Quality of courses: The best courses in the best overall condition
4. Accessibility: The number of golfers in relation to quality public courses
5. Number of courses designed by esteemed architects
6. Availability: Public facilities as a percent of total facilities (the higher the better)
7. Crowdedness: The number of rounds in relation to the number of public courses and weather
Just guessing they have never played Jefferson on a Saturday morning in October.