It is summer, time to jump in the pool! How better to cool off? Autumn? Sure. Get a few laps in before winter. Winter? Soak up some of that warm water from a heated pool. Spring? Summer’s just around the corner, time to get in shape. Swimming pools on Whidbey? It makes more sense the more you think about it. Whidbey is an island, surrounded by water. Don’t ignore it. Jump into it. Safely, of course.
Whidbey Looks A Little Different:
Fly over some neighborhoods in the US and see blue splotches covering backyards with open-air pools scattered among the houses. A few outdoor pools exist on Whidbey, but they’re rarer. Maybe that has something to do with trees and their needles or leaves. Rain doesn’t bother swimmers. And, lightning is rare here.
The most obvious pools may be the ones you hear about but can’t see while driving around. Many pools are indoors, like the one off Midway in Oak Harbor. The Navy base has at least one. Year-round swimming happens.
Visitors may relax in pools if their hotel has one.
Pools on Whidbey:
Between the two extremes of municipal and individual pools are the neighborhood ones. Several neighborhoods come equipped with large pools. Indoor ones may be year-round. Outdoor ones may be more seasonal. If you’re not a resident of that neighborhood, see if you can buy a membership, like at a country club; or, maybe you can buy a recreational lot that is hard to build on, but that grants you amenities.
Each pool has their differences.
- John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool in Oak Harbor is a public aquatic center offering lap swimming, lessons, water aerobics, and recreational swim sessions.
- Island Athletic Club in Freeland is also a fitness club with an indoor pool, sauna, and aqua fitness classes for members.
- Useless Bay Golf & Country Club in Langley is a private country club with an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and golf course for members.
- Admiral’s Cove Pool in Coupeville is a private community pool with a picturesque view of Penn Cove and access for residents that also offers public swimming lessons in the summer.
- Bon Air heated community pool in Coupeville is a private outdoor community pool.
- Scatchet Head in Clinton is a private community pool that is covered and has a view straight south down Puget Sound.
- Sandy Hook Yacht Club Estates is a seasonal outdoor community pool near a marina in Clinton.
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|Island Athletic Club||Freeland||club||indoor||classes, sauna|
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|Sandy Hook Yacht Club Estates||Clinton||neighborhood||outdoor||marina|
And yes, some houses have outdoor pools, but some have indoor pools. Some even have pools that can be indoor or outdoor depending on whether they roll back a wall.
If you really want that luxury (or necessity for some) of having a pool at your place, talk to the County about building one. Be prepared for permits and lots of rules. Or, find a house for sale that already has one and buy it, the house, that is. If you aren’t already working with an agent and need one to help you search connect with us here.
In Addition to Pools:
Keep in mind though that when talking about swimming you may find people who skip the pools and use nature’s waters. Lakes get you the fresh water experience, without having to worry about tides. Or, use the waters that define the island’s borders, Puget Sound, the Salish Sea, our bit of the Pacific Ocean. A hint, though, find other swimmers and officials who know the currents, depths, restricted areas, and boat traffic issues. And make sure you’ve got the gear and dry clothes for our perpetually cold waters (~50F).
You may not see swimming opportunities until you look for them, but an island in a temperate part of the world can provide plenty of opportunities and options to swim for fun or exercise or both.
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The Useless Bay Golf & Country Club, is located in Langley on Whidbey Island. It is one of the most sought-after golf clubs in the country – sometimes with a waitlist that can span several years unless you are lucky. The club has become a symbol of exclusivity and prestige in the world of golf. Many wonder what it is about the Useless Bay Golf Club that makes it so desirable?
Location, location, and design:
The Useless Bay Golf Club boasts a stunning location. It is located on the southern end of Whidbey Island offering breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The course is surrounded by lush forests, rolling hills, and sparkling water, creating a serene and tranquil atmosphere that is hard to replicate.
However, it is not just the location that sets the Useless Bay Golf Club apart. The course itself is widely regarded as one of the best in the Pacific Northwest, featuring challenging holes and expertly designed fairways. Golfers of all skill levels can appreciate the course’s natural beauty and its unique blend of traditional and modern elements.
Exclusive Memberships and Access to Amenities:
In addition to the course itself, the Useless Bay Golf Club is also known for its exclusive membership policies. The club limits the number of members to ensure that each member receives personalized attention and access to the course. Memberships can be passed down through families, creating a sense of tradition and legacy that is highly valued by many golf enthusiasts. If you are a property owner in the colony you are invited to use the fitness center, swimming pool and the tennis courts. Click here to apply to become a member.
As a Golf Member you not only get to golf, but you also get to relax by the pool, play on the tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts and train in the fitness center. Unsurprisingly, Useless Bay Golf Club is renowned for its social atmosphere. The club hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year, from holiday parties and golf tournaments to wine tastings and cooking classes. Members are encouraged to socialize and get to know one another, creating a tight-knit community of golfers who share a love for the sport and the club. Not into golfing? There is a Social Membership too! Make sure to visit the brand-new snack shack and so much more. Check out the amenities here.
A Highly Coveted Atmosphere:
The combination of its stunning location, exceptional course, exclusive membership policies, and vibrant social atmosphere have helped to make the Useless Bay Golf Club one of the most desired golf clubs in the country. While the several-year waitlist may seem daunting, it only adds to the allure and exclusivity of the club, making membership even more coveted. For those lucky enough to secure membership, the Useless Bay Golf Club offers a truly unparalleled golfing experience.
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