Jefferson Park Golf Course Holes #10-13 Renovation

Updated: February 1, 2018

Determination of Non-Significance (DNS)

Seattle Parks and Recreation is proposing to reconfigure holes 10, 11, 12 and 13 at Jefferson Park Golf Course, along with corresponding irrigation revisions, cart path alignment and tree plantings to address ball trespass issues, player safety and golf course playability. Approximately 18,000 cubic yards of grading is proposed; all soil will be balanced on site with no export of materials. 130 trees will be removed and 260 trees will be planted at the golf course and surrounding park lands.
All comments must be submitted by February 20, 2018.

Download the full Determination of Non-Significance document for complete information.

DNS Contact Information:
Contact: David Graves, Strategic Advisor, david.graves@seattle.gov, (206) 684-7048

Winter 2018

The renovation planned for Jefferson Golf Course Holes #10-13 will reduce golf balls travelling out of the park and into the adjacent streets and homes. The renovation changes the traffic pattern for holes #11-13 from a counter-clockwise pattern to a clockwise pattern which will have a higher percentage of balls remaining on the course and in play.

During construction the contractor will need to close the existing Holes #10-13. Access to the project is anticipated by way of 23rd Ave S.  Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impact to the neighborhood. 

Location

4101 Beacon Ave S, Seattle 98108

Budget

2009 Golf Master Plan Debt Financing

Project Description

The Jefferson Park Golf Course has been a public golf course since 1915. The facility consists of an 18-hole regulation golf course, a 9-hole par-3 course, golf practice range, modest-size clubhouse and support facilities. The total land area is approximately 123 acres, of which 97 are used for the regulation length course and about 21 acres for the 9-hole par 3 course. The golf courses were designed by Thomas Bendelow, one of America's pioneer golf architects, and opened for play in 1915. The 18-hole course is a par-70 returning nine layout of 6,093 yards from the back tees.  The regulation length golf course has very modest topography and is developed in a core design on a relatively small site. The course has mature landscaping and is generally regarded as a well-designed golf layout that is less challenging than the city's other two courses.

The 9-hole course is a par-27 layout, with nine par-3s. The course, also a core design, has very little definition and is developed on a relatively flat parcel. The course length is 1,225 yards and has night lighting.  The range built in 2015, has a two (2) tier tee-line with 48 tee stations, with 4 dedicated for golf instruction.  Range poles with lights allow early morning and evening range use. 

The golf club house is new, 2015, with modern design qualities. The approximate 8,000 sf clubhouse include a pro shop, restaurant, administrative offices, upstairs banquet space and classroom environment currently leased by First Tee of Greater Seattle. The Jefferson Park complex is bisected by Beacon Avenue S, a primary arterial with a large median which serves as additional parking for golfers. In 2015, a small parking lot was located just south of the putting greens and clubhouse for easy access to the course. On the east side of Beacon Avenue S is the 18-hole regulation length course. The 9-hole course, clubhouse, practice range and maintenance buildings and cart storage structures arc on the west side. Thus, golfers must cross Beacon Avenue at grade to reach the regulation length course from the clubhouse.  In addition to First Tee of Greater Seattle, many middle and high school programs practice and play at Jefferson Park. We wish to continue the long history of golf on Beacon Hill.