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4.0
248 Reviews (248)
5 Stars
73
4 Stars
129
3 Stars
32
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
8
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
85.9%
Recommend this course
225 out of 248 reviews
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3.8
25 Reviews (25)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.1
80.0%
Recommend this course
20 out of 25 reviews
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4.0
47 Reviews (47)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
83.0%
Recommend this course
39 out of 47 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Military
Par 72
Length 6646 yards
Slope 122
Rating 71.8

Whispering Firs Golf Club is one of two courses operated by Joint Base Lewis McChord. The other course, Eagles Pride, is located southwest of Whispering Firs. Designed by Bob Baldock in 1962, Whispering Firs opened on what was then McChord Air Force Base and later became part of Joint Base Lewis McChord. Though it's a military golf course, it's open to the public but don't forget to check in with security at the visitor's center. The layout features well manicured fairways lined with mature trees and challenging rough. The small greens demand accuracy and are made even more difficult with strategically placed bunkers framing the edges. There are some tough doglegs that require conservative play, and water hazards come into play as well. Whispering Firs Golf Club will test a variety of skills but it's not an overly punishing course. Players of all skill levels will be able to enjoy a round here.

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Course Details

Year Built 1961
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bob E. Baldock

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lockers

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Washington (2017 #11)

Reviews

4.0
248 Reviews (248)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Patio Dining 10
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 19
Thick Rough 15
Water Hazards 13
This course/club is great for:
Walkers 24
Locals 21
Seniors 18
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 19
Worth the Drive 14

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Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
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I Recommend This Course
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Whispering Firs

Great place to play!!! We arrived a day after a windstorm, so there was a lot of tree's branches down. It was still a very enjoyable course!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Good military course

We four enjoyed our round at Whispering Firs, on McChord AFB, and will return. The course is a fair test. Two of our foursome are beginners, and they were quite satisfied. The greens are not first rate (4 stars), but we figured it out. The GN instructions for entering the base are vague. One needs to stop FIRST in the visitor center to get a pass. That requires either an enhanced DL, or a passport. You also need car registration and the insurance card. The GN form is useful. It takes some time, but once the pass is secured, drive to the sentry gate and show the pass. Follow the road around to the right to reach the golf course. It will be nicer when covid goes away and the restaurant opens.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
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Previously Played

Really bad course condition, and rude staff

For 39 dollars, I wasted my money. Fairway, greens, were horrible. It looked like hasn't been maintained for weeks. Greens were worse than broccoli. Could you please tell the general manager to improve the quality, or else they will continue to book elsewhere.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/26/2021

You need to contact the JBLM Golf Director to enter a complaint that he would be aware of. I don't think he reviews this website. His name is Jeff Clark.

Played On
Reviews 54
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 54
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
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First Time Playing

I think this course will be nice to play in summer, but for now the greens are bumpy and wet. Other than that I have a hood experience overall

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 11/29/2020

Instead of just checking a "box" how about including some insight with Objective commentary of exactly what you are trying to share/convey about your thoughts & what your audience would like to learn from these experiences.
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Played On
Reviews 54
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 54
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 54
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 54
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 54
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Whispering Firs is Outstanding

Perfect day to play. Staff was very helpful and friendly. My lunch was excellent. The putting greens and fairways are well maintained and the practice putting greens and driving range well kept.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Would like to play here again

Foggy morning but a great day for golf at at nice golf course. Pro Shop attendant very polite and helpful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Walked
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beware of Golf now on this.

Booked a tee time, paid in full, get to the gate at the course and they won't let us on because we weren't told it requires Federal ID clearance to play. Can't cancel and now no refund.....this sucks!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Would like to play here again

We were able to tee off early which helped us with pace of play as we were in front of other players. When we made the turn and then it slowed down. The slow down wasn't as bad as we have encountered at other courses. Moved fairly well.
Desk person was very helpful and has been the few times we played this course before.
We live a long ways away so we wish Golf Now could get a later morning Tee Time that was a Hot Value.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/15/2020

Best thing to do is to call the pro shop directly for tee time{s}.

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