I don’t know about you, but in that dead time between St. Patrick’s Day and Memorial Day, I get a little antsy, and a lot tired of the rain. You know what that means…GOLF-CATION in Lake Chelan.
This has been a thing with me and my buddies for about five years now, and I can tell you we’ll be doing this when we have more hair in our ears than on our heads. Sunshine in late April? WHY YES. Golf carts instead of Gore Tex? DON’T MIND IF WE DO.
There are a ton of great courses around the Lake Chelan area, but usually we try to play two on a 3-day weekend. This year, we decided to go for the gold and hit Bear Mountain Golf Course Saturday. This course…wow. You could play the worst round of your life and not care because of those views. Ok, right. I still care. But seriously, those views. Get ready for some blind shots, though (thank God for GPS in the golf cart), and the staff made us feel like high-rollers.
We decided to try find a great bar for dinner, hit up Manson, and hit…the…jackpot. In a word: Buddy’s. As in, My Buddy’s Tavern. It’s a shuffleboard in the corner, sawdust on the floor, biggest burger you’ve ever eaten in your life kind of joint. I had the “Buddy Junior” burger, and I swear it was more “Buddy Senior”. Seriously. I could bench press this thing. The local brews on tap are awesome as well…in addition a walk across the street to the local Lake Chelan Brewery offers some of the best beer around.
On Sunday, we were tempted to play Desert Canyon (bucket list golf course if you haven’t tried it, just down the highway in Orondo), but we decided to stick close to the lake at the local muni. This isn’t an ordinary municipal course, though. A bit easier than Bear Mountain, high above the lake, great views again, and reasonable fees. We played our 18, wolfed down wickedly hot chicken wings at Tin Lilly in Chelan (one of my buddies got the “mild” version and he said they were awesome, even though we rode him hard about it), and were on our way and back home in time to get ready for Monday morning. Perfect. In fact, we’ll probably come back for another golf-cation this fall.