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Spokane area golf courses opening for the season

Downriver Golf Course, Creek at Qualchan, Esmeralda and Indian Canyon will be opening after a long winter season.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Downriver Golf Course, The Creek at Qualchan and Esmeralda Golf Course, are opening in the Spokane area for the season.

Downriver Golf Course 

Downriver Golf Course will be opening Friday, March 18 for this season.

The golf course was first established in 1916, and it is the oldest golf course in Spokane.

It has hosted many major tournaments and provides a challenge to all skill levels. Course plays to par 71 and is 6,130 yards. The golf course offers players views of the Spokane River.

The Creek at Qualchan  

The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course was the first course that opened last week, for this season.

The golf course is the newest in the Spokane area. The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course plays to par 72 and is 6,599 yards. It offers guests a natural setting, with a meandering creek and well-protected greens.

According to a Facebook post by the Creek at Qualchan Golf Course, golf games start at 10 a.m.

Esmeralda Golf Course  

Esmeralda Golf Course also announced the opening of its course and practice greens next week on Wednesday, March 16. 

The golf course will open after a long and cold winter. Warm temperatures are expected for next week, which would mark the spring opening season of the golf course.

According to a Facebook post by the Esmeralda Golf Course, the driving range will open on Wednesday. It will remain open daily from 10 a.m to 5 p.m., depending on the day-to-day weather conditions.

The Esmeralda Golf Course was built in 1956. It offers open space and flat fairways lined with more than 2,000 trees. This combination of attributes makes the superbly maintained course an easy one to break 100 on and tough to break par. The golf course plays to par 70 and is 6,331 yards. It's for all levels of golfing skills, according to the Spokane city website.

The Esmeralda Course Golf is located at 3933 E. Courtland Ave. in Spokane and will be opening from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

Indian Canyon Golf Course

The Indian Canyon Golf Course has announced that it will be opening for the season on Saturday, March 26.

The course was designed in 1930 by H. Chandler Egan and has been chosen by Golf Digest numerous times as one of the top 25 public courses in the U.S. Sitting atop the west entrance to Spokane, the course overlooks the city and is also the site of many major tournaments. 

According to the course's official website, the Indian Canyon has hosted the U.S.G.A three times, the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 1941 and 1984 and the United States Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in 1989.

The course is well bunkered with undulating greens. Built on a canyon wall with a vertical drop of 240 feet amid towering planes, the course offers a diverse and unique playing environment.

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