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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Our golf game became an adventure

Our plan was to play golf on Saturday. Instead, we had an adventure. Talk to anyone who has played the Skyline Golf Course in Cathlamet, Wash., and you'll get a wry smile.

Now my wife and I know why.

Waiting for the Westport ferry at around noon, we took in the resplendent fall foliage that's apparent along U.S. Highway 30. The Columbia was absolutely flat as we crossed to Puget Island. From the island, one crosses a bridge to Cathlamet.

Just east of Cathlamet is Skyline Golf Course, which is laid out on a hillside. Walking the course was like walking to the Astoria Column twice while also playing golf.

Some of Skyline's holes are devilishly difficult. All are challenging. Most of the greens are relatively small and undulating. In most cases, the hole itself was set on a slope, making it a bit like a pinball machine.

The views from the Cathlamet course were stunning. Some fairways contain major tree specimens.

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