Jorgensen Golf celebrates 25 years in business
Last updated 4/17/2019 at Noon
My dad is an avid golfer. He has been since he was in high school.
I texted him last week, telling him I was going to interview the owner of a local golf shop.
“Jules?” he asked.
“I take it you know him,” I replied.
“Well, play golf in the area and you usually end up in his shop,” he said.
“Jules” is Julius Jorgensen, the owner of Jorgensen Golf in the Harbour Pointe Shopping Center. He has been servicing golfers in the Mukilteo community for a long time. He and his family also live in town.
“We opened in April of 1995 and now, in April of 2019, we’re starting our 25th anniversary,” Jorgensen said.
Golfers looking for new equipment now that the weather is getting warmer and dry can use the milestone to their advantage, as Jorgensen Golf is having an anniversary sale.
“We have our largest markdowns of in-store inventory for all the customers that have enabled us to serve them this whole time,” Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen’s life in golf started when he was in high school. A good student, he wanted something more, and to gain more self-confidence.
“I was getting straight As and needed a varsity letter,” he said.
Jorgensen, who stands roughly 5 feet 4 inches tall, said most sports were off the table due to his size, and that golf was his best bet. He got a job and purchased his first set of clubs, practiced hard, and made the school’s golf team.
After graduating high school, Jorgensen played on an Army team in Colorado, where he was in the medical corps. After finishing his service, he went to the University of Washington, where he studied microbiology and walked on to UW’s golf team. While at UW, Jorgensen worked in a microbiology lab, and was soon faced with a life decision.
“It was either get my PhD or turn to golf,” he said. “I love golf, so I resigned and entered that line of work.”
Jorgensen is a certified PGA pro. He entered the PGA’s apprenticeship program in 1980 and was certified in 1985.
Jorgensen was working at a driving range in the area in its pro shop when the landlord kicked him out.
“I then decided to go into off-course retail,” Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen said his shop has been through a lot in its 25 years. There’s been Boeing strikes, a burglary, and that time when a car crashed through the front of the store just a few years after it opened.
“Thankfully, there were no injuries with the crash. That was fun for about a month and a half,” he said, laughing.
Since opening,, Jorgensen Golf has been awarded as a top 100 Ping and Mizuno account, which each have more than 8,000 accounts nationwide. Jorgensen also sells other popular brand equipment.
Another part of Jorgensen’s success comes in tournaments he’s organized since the ’90s.
According to his website, the Jorgensen Golf regional Amateur Golf Tournament Series is the largest series of its kind in the state, with over 60 tournaments per year.
Jorgensen said his tournament series has generated over $2 million in green fees to different golf courses in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, more than $2 million in store credit has been distributed to the tournaments’ players.
“It’s been highly successful,” he said.
Another aspect that makes Jorgensen Golf unique is how it sell its products. Clubs and sets are custom fit..
“We don’t just hand sets off the wall. We adjust for length, lie angle, flex, and grip on everything we sell.”
Additionally, Jorgensen provides lessons, and has invested in new technology to help golfers, including a Full Swing Simulator, which tracks how a ball is hit, and gives various statistics like distance and launch angles.
Jorgensen also uses video recording to provide side-by-side footage comparing two of the person receiving a lesson’s swings, or compare a swing to that of a PGA pro.
Additionally, if you want to purchase from Jorgensen Golf, you need to go into the store. While so many companies and stores do online sales, Jorgensen does not.
“All our customers come into the shop,” he said.
Jorgensen Golf is a family affair. Jorgensen’s wife Diana works at the store, and each of their four children have worked there at one point or another.
Jorgensen said his favorite part of his job is being his own boss and helping fellow golfers.
“I love servicing golfers. You work more hours than you would working for a big business like Boeing, and you make less money, but you do what you love,” Jorgensen said. “I’m very thankful to customers for letting us serve them for so long.”
Jorgensen Golf is in the Harbour Pointe Shopping Center (where QFC is), and its address is 11700 Mukilteo Speedway, #407. Visit Jorgensen Golf’s website at jorgensengolf.com for more information.