Jemsek Golf Design creates distinctive courses by pairing each site’s unique attributes with classic golf design strategies.  This approach is incorporated into plans with the purpose of creating eco-friendly and sustainable golf courses.  Each hole is intended to have a unique feel that embraces the surrounding natural environment and highlights the existing attributes of the property, as well as preserving native vegetation.  The use of existing resources, a minimized need for chemical applications, and a decrease in water consumption can result in the construction of an environmentally responsible course.
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Philosophy
Chipping Areas - To add interest and increase the speed of play, chipping areas are tactically placed around greens to offer players the opportunity to “think” their way around the course.
Natural Cart Paths - Made from compacted decomposed granite, crushed limestone, crushed shells, or recyclable materials, these types of paths have construction costs that are comparable with asphalt and concrete, but can be placed closer to fairways and greens speeding up play while adding aesthetic appeal.
Grass Hollows - Similar to grass bunkers, grass hollows of every shape and size create an artistic look adding depth and perspective to any hole.  This design element can be strategically placed in both rough and fairways to test players with uneven lies.
Ground Cover - Environmentally friendly design uses woodchips, pine straw, and drought resistance plants to reduce the chemical and water demands of the course while adding texture and playability.
Strategic Clearing - Varying the width of the clearing limits during the initial stages of construction gives the course a more mature and natural feel. Leaving key groups of trees on either side of the fairway narrow the focus of the player’s aim for the next shot.
Jemsek Golf Design uses an assortment of proven and innovative environmental design concepts to minimize the impact of golf development on the natural surroundings. Several examples are described below:
Recycled Construction Materials - Many of the products used in course construction like drainage pipe, irrigation components, and cart paths are available in recycled materials.  




The Dynamic Analysis: Cost Savings Through Water Conservation program includes a comprehensive examination of current golf course maintenance practices with the intention of minimizing water usage while preserving a course's playable and aesthetic features.

Superintendents, irrigation designers and golf course architects engage in a collaborative process to maximize cost effectiveness and course playability


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Before Natural Cart Paths
After Natural Cart Paths
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Examples of Chipping Areas
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Read our latest publications on environmental golf design 
Beyond Bunkers Archive

March 2010 - page 21
Too Redan, or not Too Redan

April 2010 - page 10
No Jacket Required

May 2010 - page 12
Sometime Shorter is Better

June 2010 - page 8
Open to Change

July 2010 - page 10
Water World

August 2010 - page 8
Bunker Botox
Dynamic Analysis
Cost Savings Through Water Conservation


Feautred on the 19th Hole segment of Comcast Sports Net Chicago, Golf Chicago TV, Joe Jemsek discusses golf topics with Eric Ferguson from the Eric & Kathy radio show and past Illinois Teacher of the Year, Dan Kochevar.