Yay! I was going in to Vintage Seattle withdrawals. Is this the oldest golf course still in operation in the area? (love his ensemble)
@Jana: Jefferson is the oldest still going in the city, but Seattle Golf Club in The Highlands takes the cake for area.
According to HistoryLink, the first game of golf ever played in Seattle was in 1895 in Wallingford/Fremont, and five years later the organizers of that game established Seattle Golf & Country Club on some 50 acres in Laurelhurst. They moved to The Highlands in 1909, where Seattle Golf Club has been going ever since. So SGC has either 6 or 15 years on Jefferson, depending on when you want to count from.
(The Laurelhurst course was apparently platted as the Laurelhurst Heights addition in 1907. (Search for Instrument #19070910507940 here, then click “Image” to view the original map; Prospect Avenue is now NE 40th St.) According to an article in the Times on 1965-05-09, the clubhouse still stands at 5100 NE Latimer Place, having been moved a block, however the King County Assessor gives that building a date of 1916, so someone’s mistaken.)
The swing looks like a certain push slice out to the right. Our friend needs to visit his local PGA pro for a lesson.
Wow…golf courses were much more rugged in those days. Looks like he’s both golfing and discovering America at the same time! Ah, men were men in those days….
@seasky, dang, that made me laugh, golfing and discovering America at the same time. I’m gonna have epic dreams of Lewis and Clark swinging #1 woods across the Great Divide tonight, several men porting the canoes and another schlepping the golf bag.
I’ve always liked the golf course, but when the economy recovers, Seattle should unload this as prime commercial land. It is right off I-5, just inside the city limits. If the city is smart, they will market it as prime commercial property. I love the golf course, but when the time is right, the city could make major gains on this property.
Are we going to get any updates soon? It’s been soooooo long
Paul, some people would say the same about another city owned piece of property in another location. It’s worth millions, it’s right in the middle of the city, and could be sold as prime commercial property and make a fortune for that city as well.
But would you really want to sell Central Park?
Cities need their recreational lands just as much as all of the other elements they’re made from. Sell them and they’re gone, and there’s no way to replace them.
You may be right about the need to keep golf courses around, but not because they serve anything like the same function as a Central Park. I think security at the golf course doesn’t appreciate people jogging and walking their dogs there so much. Or kids trying to float little sailboats in the water features.
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