Mumbai: The Golf Club in New Castle is one of the hidden gems in Seattle. This time I will take you to Seattle. Due to the emergence of Boeing during the early years of the nineteenth century, this place started transforming from a small township to a vibrant industrial hub in the North West part of USA. Much later MNCs like Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia has given extra sheen to the city.
Seattle is lush green, it has a unique character, within 20 miles you have national and state parks, hills, falls, lakes, rivers and the Pacific Ocean. It is a tourist delight and places worth living. As Paris is recognized with Eiffel Tower so Seattle has Space Needle and attracts millions of tourists. The city has a number of hidden gems not known to tourists and The Golf Club in New Castle is one such gem.
It is 13 miles from Down Town Seattle, depending upon traffic condition, one can easily reach in half an hour riding on sloppy hills and crossing Lake Washington. It is an experience to visit the place, even if you do not have basic skills of golf, you can enjoy its unique scenic beauty.
The Golf Course has a castle-like clubhouse, serving up breathtaking views of the Seattle Downtown skyscrapers and Space Needle. While roaming around the clubhouse area, you will also be thrilled to enjoy stunning, panoramic views of Lake Washington, snow clad Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and majestic Cascade Mountain range.
I visited this place in 2016 for the first time, later on, many occasions. I do not know ABCD of Golf but still, it was a pleasant experience. To spend the whole day enjoying the breeze and scenic beauty. The 36-hole golf club is spread on the plateau of lush green New Castle hill. It was originally designed by Bob Cupp keeping in mind the aesthetics of the slopes gently descending towards Coal Creek and China Creek covering 7,024 yard Area. Bobb while designing it, also took input from local hero Fred Couples. Its 300 feet of elevation change can make for a wild ride, and a quirky hole or two, but nobody beats the scener
In my first visit, I was pleasantly surprised to see its premium dining place called Calcutta Grill in the patio area of the main building overlooking Puget Sound and Seattle Down Town area. As we were not in formal attire so did not get entry, their strict dress code reminded us of British Raj!
Oh, Mamta Banerji kind of politicians have not yet heard the name otherwise they would demand changing its name to Kolkatta Grill. ha ha ha
* Pradeep Gupta is an avid traveling spanning continents and former AGM with State Bank of India