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.
6680 N Sioux Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.