17th Hole at Apple Tree Gets Nomination

In the August issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, Apple Tree Golf Course's par-3 17th hole is recognized as one of the "Great Holes of the Northwest," one of just four holes selected each year by the Northwest's largest and longest-running golf publication.

Apple Tree's 17th Hole

Carved from the rolling terrain of a 100-year-old apple orchard in Yakima, Wash., Apple Tree is a championship layout of over 6,900 yards rated four stars by Golf Digest. But it's best known for the apple-shaped island green, often considered the signature hole for the entire state.

The hole has nine starting blocks that stagger-step down a steep slope, and from the elevated tees offers views a green with a leaf-shaped bunker and brown branch-like bridge, not to mention surrounding orchards and foothills beyond in the Yakima Valley.

Photos of the 17th green have been featured in countless golf publications, calendars and websites; the image has become synonymous with the region beyond golf itself.

Yardages on the hole range from 106 to 180 yards. Apple Tree was designed by Northwest-based architect John Steidel. The original ownership group consisted of local orchardists who, with their creation of the 17th green, understood the sentiment of the local farming community and made that hole a recognized image for golf in the Evergreen State.

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