The Washington Golf Club of the Year Award was established in 2019. The award recognizes the membership of a Washington Golf Member Club for outstanding contributions to its community, the game of golf or the Association.
Jackson Park Men’s Golf Club
Despite the challenges faced by all this season during the pandemic, the Jackson Park Men’s Golf Club excelled. They hosted over 50 events this year, averaging over 70 players each across their three leagues and match-play events. They saw a 30 percent increase in tournament participation, despite no events from March into May, and increased their regular membership by 33 percent, from 244 to 327 members, while also welcoming over 400 WA Golf Associate members.
They upgraded their software platform to handle contactless-scoring at all of their events, as well as online payments and payouts to help create the safest possible competition environment throughout the season.
The club also organized course-care projects and work parties to improve the conditions at Jackson Park Golf Course. They hosted their third annual charity scramble event (co-sponsored by Seattle Northeast Rotary), raising over $11,000 for non-profits like the Harvest Against Hunger and Northwest Harvest’s Food Lifeline. Their efforts provided 330,000 pounds, or eight semi-trucks full of food donations!
Club Representative and Handicap Chair Jeff Schoening credits a history of great leadership that set a tone for friendly competition as the driving forces behind their success in 2020.