Despite all of the rumors, innuendo and random skuttlebutt you’ve been subjected to in recent weeks over the potential closure of Resort Semiahmoo, I am very happy to let you know that none of this… get that?… none of this has anything to do with either the wonderful Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club or Loomis Trail Golf Club at Semiahmoo.
I’ve played both courses recently. They are absolute humdingers and in great shape for winter golf. And with seasonal rates running less than $40 you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal on a finer course anywhere on the continent. Oh, and I should also mention the Wednesday Golf & Lunch Special for $35 at both courses through the end of February. This is beyond a great value!
Both courses wind gracefully along the coastline and through old growth forests and offer occasional views of White Rock, British Columbia or the Peace Arch straddling the US-Canadian border in Blaine or the Canadian Rockies. There are beautiful wetlands bordering the fairways but for the most part, you never have to hit across any water—intentionally that is. OK… there are a couple of par-3s at Loomis where you have to hit across a pond but they are both fairly short holes so the water is more to mess with your head and admire than anything else. Simply beautiful by any measure.
Both courses have nice practice facilities and play well in the winter; the “Moo” as the locals call it plays a little wetter but I can’t recall ever losing a plugged ball like I have at other courses with poorer drainage so that speaks for itself.
These are semi-private courses so make a note of this. Semiahmoo is open to the public on odd days of the month. For some reason, I associate the oo at the end with “odd” so that’s a mental trick I’ll pass on to you if you want it. Loomis is open on even days. Note the double oo in Loomis is not a problem for me since all I have to remember is Semiahmoo is odd and Loomis takes care of itself. I know it makes no sense in the world of logic but it works for me… and since when did logic and golf have anything in common?
I’ve mentioned my buddy and mentor Jeff Coston in previous posts but it bears repeating. He is one of the finest golf instructors in the Pacific Northwest. His silky swing is even the envy of PGA professionals who will often stop just to watch him on the driving range at places like the US Open. I’m not kidding. If you want to get some lessons, or have a young “Rory”or “Stacy” in your midst, you will be wise to start letting Jeff have a say in the matters at hand. (Remember when the references were always to a young Tiger? My how times have changed.!)
Anyway, I digress. Semiahmoo and Loomis Trail are open for business so go get ’em while the rates are low and the pace of play is quick!