Port Ludlow Golf Club Restoring Course to its Original Vision

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Port Ludlow Golf Club is undergoing a two year, soft restoration to restore the golf course to its original Robert Muir Graves vision.

Port Ludlow Golf Club

Port Ludlow Golf Club

Washburn describes the course as a work of art and the Port Ludlow Golf Club is committed to bringing the course back to its original design.

Port Ludlow Golf Club celebrated its 40th anniversary last summer and throughout the season it became apparent the course was in need of a renovation. The irrigation system was outdated and not properly functioning and contours had been lost in the greens and fairways. Port Ludlow Golf Club called upon the course’s original superintendent, Dick Schmidt, and reinstated him as Port Ludlow Golf Club Superintendent.

Shelly Washburn, Port Ludlow Golf Club General Manager, and Schmidt put together a two year plan to begin in 2016 to return the course back to the design that Robert Muir Graves envisioned. Schmidt now has a team maintaining and redefining the course. Washburn describes the course as a work of art and the Port Ludlow Golf Club is committed to bringing the course back to its original design.

The irrigation system is the top priority. A wireless control system has been established to replace the manual controls allowing the maintenance team to control sprinkler heads remotely.

The high water table on the lower portion of the course created drainage issues. To combat the drainage problems, the maintenance team reestablished ditches and streams on the perimeter of the course and replaced culverts for better water flow. Subsequently, the entire golf course is now playable even with record rainfall.

Over time, some of the fairway and green contours lost their original shape. The crew is working to contour the greens back to their original design, reshape the fairways with a sand and seed program, and reshape and create better trap drainage for the bunkers. Additionally, Schmidt has been provided with new equipment including greens mowers, walking mowers for green collars, and an excavator.

Schmidt, Washburn, and the entire Port Ludlow Golf Club team are enthusiastic about the restoration and the future of the golf course.

About the Port Ludlow Golf Club:
The course at Port Ludlow was designed by distinguished Golf Course Architect Robert Muir Graves to challenge golfers of every ability level. The course was designed to be a challenging, yet rewarding, golf experience while preserving the spectacular natural surroundings. Just 90 minutes from Seattle, Port Ludlow Golf Club is recognized as one of only ten golf courses in Washington State and one of only 455 golf courses in the world as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Players of all skill levels will appreciate the 18-hole championship layout and its rolling fairways, abundant wildlife, historic logging stumps, and incredible views of Ludlow Bay and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.

About The Resort at Port Ludlow:
The Resort at Port Ludlow is a Master Planned Community that is nestled on the shores of the Puget Sound, less than 10 minutes from the Hood Canal Bridge. Once a logging and ship building town, Port Ludlow has grown into a vibrant community that hosts beautiful residential neighborhoods, a 37-room boutique waterfront inn, an award winning restaurant, a 300-slip marina, and a championship 18-hole golf course, recognized as the “Most Scenic in the World” by Esquire Magazine, http://www.portludlowresort.com

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