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Golf Travel Review: Little Creek Resort, Shelton, Washington – Home of Salish Cliffs Golf Club

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Categories: Golf For WomenGolf LifeGolf LifestyleHOG World TourLifeReviewsTravel
Little Creek Casino Resort

Little Creek Resort – Click to zoom

I had the pleasure of taking a trip up to the northwest last month.  I toured around the fine city of Seattle, Washington as well as going up into Vancouver, BC, Canada.  I’d heard of a cool new course up there called Salish Cliffs and made arrangements to play the course.  Very happy I did.  You can read my review of Salish Cliffs here.  While there I stayed at Little Creek Resort in Shelton, Washington.  This is a resort/casino owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe, the native people of South Puget Sound.  Today I’m reviewing the resort.  Let’s go.

Location

Little Creek Resort is located about 1.5 hours southwest of Seattle in the town of Shelton, Washington, just off of highway 101.  The resort is a short drive northwest of Olympia, Washington.

The area is mountainous, with very dense forest and beautiful pines.  The air is fresh and the area is very quiet.  No traffic, noises or pollution.  This is a great place to get away from the concrete jungle.

Little Creek Resort, Washington

Standard Deluxe Room – Click to zoom

Lodging

The resort is impressive.  One of the nicest and largest indian reservation casino resorts I’ve seen.  The rooms are new and clean, and very spacious.

There are four types of lodging options at Little Creek:

  • Standard Deluxe Room (where I stayed) – California king or two queen beds, coffee maker, flat screen TV
  • Deluxe Spa Room – California king bed, jetted jacuzzi tub, flat screen TV, stereo, coffee maker
  • Two-Room Spa Suite – California king bed, queen size sleeper sofa, refrigerator, stereo, flat screen TV (2), leather chair
  • Super Suite – Full king bed, full bathroom with jacuzzi tub, private bathroom, furnished living area, stainless steel appliances, full service for 8, executive office area with PC, CD player/stereo, 42″ plasma TV with surround sound

General Property

The resort’s construction, architecture and interior design is quite impressive, much more on the inside than the outside.  The hotel lobby area is beautiful, with a large atrium going up five floors. (more…)


Review: Salish Cliffs Golf Club, Shelton, Washington

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 24th, 2012
Categories: Course ReviewsGolf CoursesGolf LifeGolf LifestyleHOG World TourReviewsTravel
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On my recent Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stop in Washington (state) and Vancouver, Canada, I had the chance to play a new course called Salish Cliffs. Salish Cliffs is located in Shelton, Washington, about 1.5 hours southwest of Seattle. The course opened in September 2011 as part of the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Little Creek Casino/Resort. I’ll be posting my golf travel review of Little Creek’s resort soon.

Salish Cliffs Golf Club

Salish Cliffs Golf Club #2 Tee – click for more

Salish Cliffs Golf Club Overview

Gene Bates is the course architect for Salish Cliffs.  I’ve played many Bates designs, and I can honestly say this is the best one I’ve played so far.  The previous Bates designs I’ve experienced don’t have the dense forest and interesting terrain that Salish does.  Bates did a fantastic job utilizing the terrain to make a fun, challenging and beautiful track. (more…)


Golf Travel Review: Otsego Club & Resort – Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Categories: Golf LifeGolf LifestyleHOG World TourReviewsTravel
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Otsego Club

Otsego Club & Resort, Gaylord, Michigan – click to zoom

Welcome to the final in a long series of reviews from my recent HOG World Tour stop to northern Michigan and the golf mecca town of Gaylord.  Today’s piece is a quick review covering Otsego Club & Resort, a resort which I stayed in for a couple of days during my trip, and which has one course I posted a review on yesterday, the very fun Otsego Tribute course.

Otseto Club & Resort Overview

Otsego Club & Resort is a facility which features many winter and summer activities including two golf courses, skiing and snowboarding, dining, swimming, bar, meetings, weddings and more.

Lodging

The resort has 117 guest rooms on site, in various buildings and condos, some dating back to the mid-1800’s.   But don’t make a mistake about the rooms, they’re clean and modernized inside without losing that rustic flare.

Lodges at Otsego include the Tyrol Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, Blue Spruce Lodge, Loft Lodge, White Birch Lodge and the Chalets.  Prices for the lodges and condos varies from $69 for the most basic lodge to $529 for a Chalet. (more…)


Review: Otsego Tribute Course, Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Categories: Course ReviewsGolfGolf CoursesGolf LifeGolf LifestyleHOG World TourReviewsTravel

The Michigan golf posts just keep rolling in.  This is the last course review on the list from my trip to northern Michigan last month.  For links to all related reviews from my recent Michigan Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stop, see the related heading at the end of this article.

Otsego Tribute Course

Elevation changes are a key feature at Otsego Tribute. Click to zoom.

Today I’m reviewing the Otsego “Tribute” course.  I have to make a confession on this review though.  I only played the back nine.  Unfortunately my schedule didn’t quite allow for me to get the entire 18 in before heading to the airport to head home.  I DID however, tour every hole of the front as well as capture images of the entire course.  Having seen the front, I truly regret not being able to play it.  What a fun track! (more…)


Golf Travel Review: Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 17th, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesGolf LifeGolf LifestyleHOG World TourReviewsTravel

Alright.  I’ve finally completed my reviews of the courses I played at Treetops in northern Michigan. Links to each of the reviews is at the end of this article under the “related” heading.  Now it is time to talk about where to stay when traveling to the quaint town of Gaylord, Michigan, home of Treetops golf courses and the Treetops Resort.

Treetops Resort

Treetops Resort Lodge – click to zoom

Lodging

My focus for this review is the Treetops Lodge (pictured above), where I stayed for part of my time in Michigan a few weeks ago. (more…)


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