Getting To Know: Lake Spanaway Golf Course
An Insightful Interview With Nicholas Pike, General Manager
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Nicholas Pike who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
The 18-hole, championship layout Lake Spanaway, designed by legendary A. V. Macan, (who also designed, among others, Fircrest in Tacoma, Broadmoor and Inglewood in Seattle, and Royal Colwood in Victoria), opened in 1967 and is located within a community south of Tacoma in central Pierce County adjacent to Spanaway Lake. Lake Spanaway golf course is owned by Pierce County and managed by KemperSports. Lake Spanaway is a part of the Pierce County golf family including Chambers Bay.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Lake Spanaway is a majestic golf course carved out of a forest of native firs that truly is a great test of golf. A long straight driver at Lake Spanaway is a great tool to have to lower your scores. The greens are large and the breaks are somewhat subtle at times. This is a challenging, yet fair, golf course for golfers of all levels and ages.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Lake Spanaway rewards those that are bold with their driver. There are demands to move the ball both ways off the tee. An accurate drive will keep you in play and out of the many towering trees. Be sure to keep your approach shots below the hole as many greens have severe slopes.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
In 2002, Lake Spanaway's 15th hole was selected by the Seattle Times as one the top 18 holes in the Puget Sound, with 7 of its other holes receiving Honorable Mention or Runner Up recognition as well. In 2003, the Seattle Times referred to Lake Spanaway as one of the "Best Bang for the Buck" courses in the area.
Lake Spanaway has a Championship pedigree and has hosted multiple WAGolf Championships, USGA Qualifying events, and the Annual Puget Sound Amateur.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The most photographed hole is the 7th with a lone towering fir tree set directly in the middle of the fairway and demanding a choice off the tee to go left or right of it.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is the 12th which is a shortish par four with plenty of character. The tee shot gives you the choice to lay up to the top of the plateau or to "bend it like Beckham" to get around the dogleg left and shorten the approach. Anything that gives you a full shot in is rewarded as the green is guarded in front by two ominous bunkers and the green falls away both left and right.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Malibu Chicken Burger is a must have. It is a grilled chicken breast topped with pineapple, melted Swiss cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, and a secret sauce served on a toasted brioche bun.
For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
There is no lodging onsite nor any preferred area hotel.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The course record is 64 and held by Tristan Mandur and Joe Fowler. Both rounds were recorded during the final round of the Sectional Qualifying for the 2019 USGA U.S. Amateur.
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Lake Spanaway Golf Course
15602 Pacific Ave
South Tacoma, WA, 98498
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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