Lake Spanaway Golf Course

This 18-hole course lies southeast of Tacoma in the neighboring town of Spanaway. Opened in 1967, the 6,938-yard layout was designed by Arthur Vernon Macan, the most prolific architect in the history of Northwest golf. This was the last course designed by Macan, whose more prestigious design credits include Fircrest Golf Club in Tacoma, Inglewood Golf Club in Seattle, and Columbia-Edgewater Country Club in Portland, all of which were built in the 1920s.

Lake Spanaway is a parkland-style course that winds through towering old-growth evergreens. The 160-acre property sits just south of the Henry Sprinker Recreation Center, with the Lake Spanaway to the west. The par-71 layout is one of the Puget Sound area’s stiffest tests, earning a 73.0 rating and 125 slope from the back tees. As might be expected, the towering firs and cedars lining the fairways are the primary impediments to par, although dozens of greenside bunkers and a handful of water hazards also pinch target zones and grab errant shots.

Besides a quintessential Northwest golf course, Lake Spanaway boasts a remodeled clubhouse with full food and beverage service, and a driving range. For more information or to book a tee time, call 253/531-3660 or go online and tour the course at