History
Growing up in a fourth generation golf family, the majority of my life has been spent in and around golf courses. Although I had modest achievements in competitive tournaments, I quickly realized my passion for golf extended beyond playing and my future was in golf course design. At the age of 18, I was given my first opportunity to build two new greens for Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. To continue my design education, I attended college in Florida where I worked and learned from golf course designer, Joe Lee.  While I spent time in the office learning to draft, the greatest lessons occurred while walking around construction sites on projects around South Florida. Mr. Lee taught me detailed plans were important, but field work ultimately decided the golf course. In 1998, I was given the opportunity to design and build my first course, Summer Grove Golf Club in Newnan, GA. While living in Georgia, I formed Jemsek Golf Design, but continued to learn under the direction of golf course architect Rocky Roquemore. Wanting to broaden my design experiences, I later accepted a position with Dye Designs and relocated to Denver.
 
Working for Dye Designs was a tremendous experience. Over the next eight years I expanded my drafting skills to include CAD and imaging software. These tools are an effective means to communicate my design vision to clients and construction personnel. My experience working in Denver afforded me the opportunity to travel the world and work with designers Pete, Perry, Cynthia, Matt & Andy Dye. In the fall 2007 I decided to recommit myself to Jemsek Golf Design and opened an office in my hometown of Chicago, IL.

Sample Project  -  Summer Grove Golf Club

The course meanders through the lowland hardwood forest, around large lakes, and along pine tree ridges. Classic, “risk-reward" fairway lines around lakes and streams reward aggressive play with better angles into raised, well bunkered greens surrounded by closely mowed chipping areas.
Contact Information


6680 N Sioux Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
Phone: 630-640-1558

Email: jemsekgolf@gmail.com
Year 2000
Joe T Jemsek
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On site at Village Creek
1st Hole - Par 4 - 395 yds8th Hole - Par 5 - 575 yds9th Hole - Par 4.5 - 465 yds13th Hole - Par 3 - 225 yds14th Hole - Par 5 - 525 yds17th Hole - Par 4 - 430 yds
Sample Project  -  Glen Lake Golf Club

A 27-hole residential course located just north of Gulf Shores, AL which is made up of three distinct nines: Lakes, Vista, & Dunes. During the summer of 2011 JGD implemented the first phase of improvements, which included a re-construction & re-grassing of the Vista & Dunes courses. Other planned improvements included Lakes course renovation and complete bunker renovations.
7th Hole at the Dunes Course - Green rebuilt and expanded to increase playability.8th Hole at the Dunes Course9th Hole on the Dunes Course. Note: New chipping area along left edge of green.1st Hole of the Dunes Course with re-established putting surface.8th Hole on the Vista Course. Note: New chipping area along front of the green.2nd Hole on the Dunes Course. Note: Added rough eyebrow in sloped fairway area.
Sample Project  -  Windermere Country Club

In the spring of 2010 Jemsek Golf Design was hired to renovate the greens complexes at the Ward Northrup designed course at Windermere Country Club near Orlando, FL. The project completed during the Summer of 2010 installed new sub-surface drainage and replanted the greens with Tif-Eagle Bermuda grass. Additionally the greenside bunkers were redesigned to enhance the aesthetic appeal and playability. The course reopened in October 2010.  
2nd Hole - 389 yd - Par 44th Hole - 175 yd - Par 36th Hole - 415yd - Par 4 8th Hole - 500 yd - Par 516th Hole - 320 yd - Par 417th Hole - 205yd - Par 3
Sample Project  -  Plum Tree National Golf Club

Built in 1969 by Joe Lee, Plum Tree National Golf Club has long been considered one of Northern Illinois's hidden gems. In the summer of 2009 the club retained Jemsek Golf Design to develop and implement a masterplan for improvements. Work completed to date has included: extensive tree removal, green expansion and bunker renovation.    
4th Hole - Before Renovations4th Hole - Proposed Renovation 7th Hole - Before Renovations7th Hole - After Renovations13th Hole - Before Renovations13th Hole - After Renovations
On site in Tiayuan, China
Sample Project  -  EvenDale Country Club

Constructed in the mountains two hours southeast of Seoul, EvenDale Country Club is a 18-hole private country club which was recognized as one of the "Top Ten Best New Courses" in Korea  for 2010. Although the course is routed over difficult terrain, it takes full advantage of beautiful scenery, mountain lakes, rock outcroppings, and dense pine forests to deliver an exciting round of golf. This was one of my final projects with Dye Design Group.
18th Hole - Par 4 Looking from behind the green.1st Hole rising out of the club house2nd Hole - Par 3 View back towards the Club House from 12th TeeCart path tunnel along the 12th Hole12th hole - Par 5
Sample Project  -  The Resort at Village Creek

Constructed within Village Creek State Park, the golf course is located on geological formation named Crowely’s Ridge a sandy pre-historic ridge running from Southern Missouri through Eastern Arkansas. The course is routed through dense forest over superb topography with deep valleys and broad ridges. Off the tee the player is faced with risk-reward strategy, but the course’s difficulty lies in the approaches to small, well guarded, and undulating greens.
6th Hole - North Course - Par 4 - 375 yds9th Hole - North Course - Par 4.5 - 485 yds3rd Hole - West Course - Par 4 - 405 yds6th Hole - West Course - Par 4 - 425 yds8th Hole - West Course - Par 5 - 545 yds3rd Hole - East Course - Under Construction