MAY 19, 1997

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Golf-In' the Northwest: Seattle Muni--a secret?

golf by Chuck Reidt
An excellent golf course often overlooked by most Eastsiders is one that is very accessible, inexpensive ($18.50 any day), and a lot of fun to play. This sleeper course is Jefferson G.C., located on Beacon Hill just south of downtown Seattle. It's a mature City of Seattle public links that is modest in length but long on character and improved conditioning.
   Jefferson is a par 70 that consists of three par fives, all under 500 yards, five par threes ranging from 120 to 185 yards, and the par fours that cover the gamut of short to long. The course yardage from the blue tees is just over 6,000 yards.
   Large deciduous and evergreen trees line all the fairways. An errant shot will be found, but often at the expense of having to punch out to the fairway on your next shot. The greens are small and not heavily sand bunkered, but the traps are well placed and require careful execution of your approach shot.
   The fairways and greens are in good condition and continue to improve. The city is constructing large new tree boxes on four of the holes which will add 150 more yards to the course length. The course playability in wet weather conditions is well above average, and it's not a difficult course to walk.
   Tee times are generally plentiful and the staff is friendly. There is a covered, lighted driving range and two large putting greens next to the clubhouse to facilitate your pre-round warm-up.
   Jefferson G.C. should be on every local golfer's list to play each year. If you can hit the ball straight, you'll score handily. Add convenience, setting, and low cost, and you can have a thoroughly enjoyable golf experience.

Jefferson G.C.
   4101 Beacon So., Seattle, (206) 762-4513
   Par: 70.
   Rating, 68.3; Slope, 112
   Yardage--Front: 5,490; Middle: 5,852; Back: 6,093
   Practice Balls: $4.75
   Power Carts: $20
   Green Fees: Weekdays, $18.50; Weekends, $18.50; Seniors, $13.50