Winter Golf at Port Ludlow Golf Course

by Jim Mancill, PGA, Head Golf Professional

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the golf games stop. If you’re looking for out-of-season tournaments or informal golf events, the Port Ludlow Golf Course is hosting the Ludlow Winter Golf Series and the Thursday 9-Hole Skins Series. You can sign up at the Golf Shop in person. More contact info at

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A Good Walk Spoiled?

by Jim Gormly, Staff Writer

Several years ago, undoubtedly in a weak moment, I decided to take up golf. I was in my early 70s and had never played the game, so why would I start then? We were at Lake Chelan with the Port Ludlow RV Club, and I joined the group to play “The Green” Putting Course. This is not a miniature golf center where one must time the rotation of a windmill or the closing of a drawbridge to get a ball into a cup. The Green has somewhat realistic greens, without the silly hazards typical of the mini golf chain courses. By some twist of fate, I made two holes-in-one out of the 18 holes. In my naivete, I thought, “Hey, I might be good at this. I should try real golf. It looks easy.” Okay, cue the laugh track.

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Everything Zumba

by Kathy Anderson, Guest Writer

Every Zumba class feels like a party! Where else can you dance to Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Reggaeton and other international pop music? Zumba is a fun way of doing cardio exercise through dance. You don’t have to be an expert. Beginners, all the way up to experts, can boost cardio endur- ance from dance moves set to rhythmic Latin music.

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February Dine and Discover

Richard Tucker
Jefferson Land Trust

Monday, Feb 6th
Doors open 6:15 PM
Desert Event
$2 per person
The Beach Club
Port Ludlow, WA

Jefferson Land Trust, founded in 1988, is a private, non-profit, commu- nity driven conservation program. They work with individuals and many private and governmental agencies to protect habitat for wildlife. They also assist families with the generational transfer of land. Website:

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The Joy of Walking

by Beverly Browne

It is not surprising that hiking is on the rise in the U.S., given its well-known benefits. Over 56 million Americans took to the trail in 2010 and each year more strap on the backpack and head out to the wilderness. Some of the trails they took were long ones. The Appalachian Trail, memorialized in Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, winds from Georgia to Maine, a distance of 2,200 miles. The Cascade Trail from Canada to California is also thousands of miles through remote wilderness. These are big walks; not so many people embark on them as on a walk around the neighborhood.

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Tai Chi, A Practice for Life

by Frank Deering, Guest Writer

Tai Chi Class (L to R)
Jill Jiracek, Steve Jiracek,
Jackie Rick, John Sweet,
Frank Deering (instructor)

Tai Chi is a form of movement and gentle exercise that is practiced widely around the world today. One might consider it a form of ‘yoga in motion’ with many health benefits. The postures are done in a slow, smooth, relaxed and gentle way. There are many different styles of Tai Chi that offer various benefits and degrees of intensity. Although Tai Chi has the distinction of being both a martial art and a form of relaxing movement and meditation, my focus of teaching Tai Chi highlights the health, well-being and relaxation benefits one derives from the practice.

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Trail Mix

by Larry Scott, Trails Chair

Again? Yep, Trails is reaching out again. In the November Trail Mix, Trails was looking for help with staffing the committee for two easy positions (read that as once a month), a treasurer and a secretary/scribe/ recorder. We are halfway there; we have a volunteer for the treasurer position but as of this writing (a month’s lead time) we are still searching for the second volunteer that can spare a couple hours once a month. Send an email if that describes a schedule you can volunteer for and support.

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Washington’s Official State Sport

by Libbey Lincoln, Staff Writer

Do you know the official sport of the State of Washington? We love our Seahawks and Mariners, but it is neither football nor baseball. Need a couple of clues? Players can dink or lob but they have to be careful to stay out of the kitchen. Walk by the Beach Club on most mornings and you are likely to hear 0-0-2 as play begins.

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