Sea Links Golf Course, originally named Birch Bay Village Golf Course, is a public, 9 hole executive golf course located in Blaine, Washington.
The course is built on the same land that the 18-hole, par-3 Sea Links Golf Course was built on before it was forced to close in 2004 because of financial difficulties. Before that, the course was the Birch Bay Golf Club.
Sea Links Golf Course reopened June 29, 2007.
The original course, Birch Bay Village Golf Course first opened for play in 1960. The course was designed by Keith Coleman.
The Sea Links Golf Course 18-hole par-3 configuration was designed by William G. and John F. Robinson in 1983
The reopened 2007 course uses the first seven par-3 holes from the old Sea Links course while the eighth and ninth holes are new par 4 holes.
#1 is not to be underestimated. It's one of those holes that lays out right in front of you, what you see is what you get. The green is fairly simple. One bunker is right behind it. But even if you can’t feel it, that offshore breeze can play tricks with you … It seems like a nice casual starting hole, but before you know it, you’re putting for a bogey.”
#3 is the easiest hole. It plays to about 100 yards. The green is one of the largest on the course and there’s not a tremendous amount of slope to it. It’s 100 yards, which is everyone’s favorite distance. The bunkers are in play, but really don’t factor into it much.
#6 is the most difficult green to read. It’s basically a hole that rises up 40 feet of elevation but then drops back down behind the green. You’ve got slopes in back and front of the green, making it hard to read. You’ve got some slopes on the side, so it’s hard to read in relation to the general terrain. Just a tricky green to read … You can’t really say everything breaks toward the bay. It just doesn’t work that way.
#7 has an elevation of probably 50 feet from tee to green. It plays to about 130 yards. It’s a visually interesting hole. You get to see the entire green. There are a couple of tee placements that are pretty devious.
#8 is the most difficult hole if you are playing from the back tees. The tee shot is blind up over a little roll then drops back down to the green. It’s fairly tight. It doesn’t have as much water as the No. 9, but it is very tight. It’s like hitting out of a chute. You pretty much have to pipe it, or you never know what’s going to happen on that hole.
#9 is a grip it and rip hole for great players. Most of us will lay up on this par-4. But, if you have the ability to hit is 285 plus in the air … No. 9 lets you see what you’re made of. If you can make it, you’re one of the top hitters in the world. Not many tour professionals that can hit it 285 or 290 in the air. It’s a pretty good poke. But many a foolish golfer gets up there and starts thinking; I can do that. If you’re playing from the white tees, then the carry drops down another 15 yards to about 265 yards. The hole is kind of like Dirty Harry, smiling at you and saying "Well punk, you feel lucky? Go ahead and make my day."
The property sold in 2012 to Chinese investors.
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