Celebrate improvements at Jackson Park Golf on June 27

New driving range and perimeter trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the celebrate the improvements at Jackson Park Golf Course on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for the ribbon-cutting event, golf activities, giveaways, trail walk and light refreshments. Jackson Park Golf course is located at 1000 NE 135th St. in north Seattle.

The golf community and neighborhood have been advocating for these improvements for years and Parks is excited to deliver a range of new amenities to Jackson Park.

The recent City investment in Jackson Park golf course includes a double-decked natural grass driving range, three updated holes and an amazing new 2.2-mile perimeter trail. The community is invited to enter a free putting contest organized by The First Tee, get a quick swing analysis, and walk the perimeter trail.

The recent improvements at Jackson Park Golf Course were guided by community input and the 2009 Master Golf Plan. Seattle Parks and Recreation with the design team lead by RW Thorpe & Associates worked with the community to deliver the new range and modifications to Jackson Park. Seattle Parks designed and constructed the perimeter trail which circles the historic golf course and offers several entry points. Trail users enjoy views of the course, wooded areas and cross the creek on bridges shared with but separate from the golfers. The Friends of Jackson Park Trail host monthly work parties and are great stewards of the trail.

Jackson Park Golf Course includes a family and beginner friendly nine-hole executive course. All Seattle municipal courses are maintained by the City of Seattle and managed by Premier Golf Centers LLC. Premier Golf will offer golf activities throughout the event.

For more information about the project and ribbon-cutting event please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/jackson_park/golf.htm or contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929. For information about golf please visit http://premiergc.com/-jackson-park-golf-course  or 206-363-4747.

 

Jackson Park Golf Course opens new driving range

On the morning of Jan. 9, Seattle was covered in a blanket of fog, and yet resident golfers still arrived early at Jackson Park Golf Course’s new driving range to practice their swing.

The driving range, which opened to the public Jan. 8, is a two-level, 50-stall, lighted and covered facility. It sits on the previous location of the course’s 10th hole.

“The fact that people are coming out in this fog tells us that this is going to be a popular place,” said Jackson Park Golf Course tournament coordinator Geoff McNeish. “We’ve gotten really good feedback on the facility. Everything has finally come together.”

The driving range was built as part of the City’s 2009 Golf Master Plan. The Golf Master Plan provides recommendations for golf course capital improvement projects paid for by course revenues. The Master Plan’s six priorities were to develop perimeter trails around each golf course, complete clubhouse renovations, convert from gas to electric carts and barns, develop tee-to-green cart paths, construct driving range additions and expansions and provide for maintenance facility renovations as needed.

McNeish said the driving range opening has been eagerly anticipated.

“We have a high school senior who works for us who’s been looking forward to this since middle school,” he said.

The range is open from sunup to 9 p.m. daily and offers a two-for-one deal on ball purchases before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. The golf club is also offering deals on purchasing range cards ($100 gets someone $120 worth of credit on their card towards purchasing balls, etc.).

Jackson Park Golf Course plans to have an official driving range grand opening party next month. For more information about prices, location and party details, visit the golf course’s website.