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- 2001 -

JACOBSON APPOINTED TO ASGCA BOARD

JACOBSON BREAKS GROUND ON SPECTACULAR
NEW MUNICIPAL COURSE IN STONY POINT, NEW YORK

JACOBSON WINS BID TO DESIGN NEW UPSCALE PUBLIC
COURSE IN NORTH SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA

JACOBSON OPENS NEW GLENVIEW NATIONAL NINE
IN HOMETOWN OF GLENVIEW

JACOBSON BREAKS GROUND AT HOLLOW CREEK GC
IN MARYLAND

JACOBSON, COCHRAN NAMED "PEOPLE OF THE YEAR"
BY GOLFDOM MAGAZINE

JACOBSON TO GIVE INDIAN LAKES RESORT A MAKEOVER

NEW PROJECTS, COURSE OPENINGS FOR
RICK JACOBSON IN 2001

 

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JACOBSON APPOINTED TO ASGCA BOARD

LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (Nov. 5, 2001) - Over the last decade, Rick Jacobson has built a reputation as one of the world's more outstanding golf course architects. Recently, Jacobson's peers elected him to serve on the board of governors of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

"Whether a player is a world class touring professional or an occasional amateur golfer, the golf course architect has an immediate effect the nature and quality of his or her golf experience," Jacobson said. "It is an honor and a privilege to be elected to serve on the board of an organization whose members play the vital role of creating the playing fields of our great game."

In recent years, the ASGCA has addressed the threat that continued improvements in golf ball and club technology will render obsolete some of the world's classic course designs. The ASGCA has called for restrictions on technology to insure the continued viability of the game's traditional venues.

"When it gets to the point that Augusta National has to undergo a major renovation in order to defend itself from the unrestrained onslaught of technology, it begs the question: What's next?" Jacobson said. "Technological advances may continue to serve the average golfer but some controls must be implemented on the touring professionals to maintain the integrity of the game."

After starting his career in Florida with Jack Nicklaus' golf course design firm, Jacobson founded Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. in 1991. The full-service golf design firm specializes in new course designs, master plan renovations and additions to existing facilities. Jacobson has quietly built a reputation as an architect who designs championship-quality courses that are visually stimulating, competitively challenging and, most importantly, fun for players of all abilities.

Jacobson's first 18-hole project in North America - Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Virginia - was named among the best new upscale courses in 1996 by Golf Digest Magazine and is ranked among the nation's Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Magazine. Golf Magazine ranked Jacobson's Bull Run Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia - located approximately 35 miles west of Washington, D.C. - the top new public course in Virginia in 1999. Jacobson's 27-hole Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach, Delaware opened last year to universal acclaim.

In addition to new course designs, Jacobson has been entrusted to restore and renovate several classic courses designed by some of the more revered names in golf course architecture. Among Jacobson's ongoing restorations are Bob O'Link GC in Highland Park, Ill. (Donald Ross), Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill. (Donald Ross), North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. (H.S. Colt and C.S. Alison), and Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Tom Bendelow, designer of Medinah CC).

In addition to renovating Pete Dye's Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines for the 1999 U.S. Senior Open, Jacobson recently completed a renovation of the club's third nine, which reopened for play in 2000. Jacobson also is renovating the final nine, which is scheduled to reopen in 2002.

Jacobson was elected to the ASGCA Board of Governors at the group's annual meeting on May 17, 2001 in Columbus, Ohio.

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JACOBSON BREAKS GROUND ON SPECTACULAR
NEW MUNICIPAL COURSE IN STONY POINT, NEW YORK

Libertyville, IL (Oct. 22, 2001) - Acclaimed golf course architect Rick Jacobson today participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking for his new 18-hole championship public golf course in Stony Point, NY, which many expect to be rated among the state's elite layouts when it opens for play in Summer 2003.

Offering majestic views of Bear Mountain State Park and the Hudson River, the tree-lined, parkland style golf course will be characterized by dramatic elevation changes, exposed rock outcroppings and a characteristically thoughtful design that offers golfers of a variety of strategic options at every turn.

"The scenic topography at Stony Point offered the opportunity to design a course that is both a strategic challenge and a glorious walk through some of the most beautiful sights in the country," Jacobson said. "It's easy to build a golf course that is overly difficult and penal. We have tried to design a course that both the average golfer and the accomplished player can appreciate on many levels. I believe we will achieve our goal of building a course that people will want to play over and over again."

The rolling 200-acre wooded site is located about 40 miles northwest of New York City and just south of West Point, NY. The course is on the west side of the Hudson and is adjacent to the Palisades Parkway not far from Bear Mountain State Park. Unlike many similar projects, the as yet unnamed course at Stony Point will not have a housing component.

"Rick Jacobson is known for his ability to design golf courses that are challenging, aesthetically pleasing and fun for golfers of all skill levels," said Mary Kay Rivera, head of the golf committee for the town of Stony Point. "We are confident that Rick's vision for the stunning natural beauty of the Stony Point property will provide us with a golf course that will be among the best in New York State and will serve as a lasting source of pride for our community."

The Par 71 course will play from between 6,600 and 4,900 yards, depending on which set of tees a golfer chooses. The course affords players open approach shots to all 18 greens and forced carries over water or other hazards have been minimized to enhance playability. Greens average 6,500 square feet in size. Originally, the course was designed to be a Par 72, but Jacobson shortened the 11th hole to a 445-yard par 4 from a 500-yard par 5 in order to preserve specimen trees.

"The Town of Stony Point wanted to provide a recreational benefit to those who enjoy golf and to preserve the open space for the people of Stony Point rather than to have the property be developed for residential or commercial use," said Stony Point Supervisor Steven Hurley. "In addition, the golf course will generate revenue for the town."

Hurley said the town plans on having a contest to name the golf course.

The budget for the course is $8.5 million. A clubhouse will be located in an existing building, which will be renovated. The property formerly served as the grounds of the state of New York's Letchworth Village mental health facility, which is now closed.


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JACOBSON WINS BID TO DESIGN NEW UPSCALE PUBLIC
COURSE IN NORTH SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA

Lower Makefield Township Government Requests a
"Playable" Course for Golf Starved Area

Midwestern Firm Thriving in East Coast Markets

LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (Sept. 6, 2001) - Highly regarded golf course architect Rick Jacobson has been selected by the governing body of Lower Makefield Township to design an affordable upscale 18-hole golf course in Bucks County, Pennsylvania just north of Philadelphia.

"We wanted a quality golf course that is challenging and aesthetically pleasing yet affordable, and we think Rick Jacobson can deliver on all counts," said Lower Makefield Township Supervisor Wesley Hackman. "The nine members of our golf committee all played one or more of Rick's courses and were very much impressed. The committee started off with 35 different architects, narrowed it down to six and Rick came out on top."

Construction of the new course, located just outside Yardley, Pennsylvania, is expected to begin in Spring 2002 for an anticipated opening in Fall 2003. The course will be a Par 72 ranging from in length from 4,900 to 7,000 yards depending on which of the multiple sets of tees golfers choose to play. To date no name has been selected for the golf course, which is located two minutes off Interstate 95 on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River. Greens fees are expected to range between $40 and $70.

"Playability is a key element in any golf course design we undertake, and it was very important to the golf committee and other decision makers in Lower Makefield Township," Jacobson said. "Our goal is to design the kind of course that is appealing to all levels of players both strategically and aesthetically in order to make playing golf the kind of experience that will be enjoyable over and over again."

The 166-acre site for the new course is a gently rolling, partially-wooded tract of former agricultural property that features elevation changes of up to 100 feet and a small stream that comes into play on several holes. Innovative use of the property's underlying rock formations will give a creative element of continuity to the course and provide for its unique character.

The property includes an existing stone farmhouse reflective of the vernacular architecture of Bucks County that will be preserved and transformed into the golf clubhouse, Jacobson said. In addition, planners hope to find possible uses for an old well house and another out-building on the property in an effort to preserve the property's historically rural atmosphere.

The course is Jacobson's first in a metropolitan Philadelphia area that boasts such historic courses as Pine Valley GC (Clementon, New Jersey) and Merion (Ardmore, Pennsylvania). Jacobson has made his mark in the Middle Atlantic region with such layouts as Augustine GC and Bull Run CC in suburban Washington, DC; Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View, Delaware; and Stony Point GC in the Town of Stony Point, some 40 miles northwest of New York City, which is due to open in 2003.

Jacobson founded Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. in 1991 as a full-service golf design firm specializing in new course designs as well as master plan renovations and additions to existing facilities.

Jacobson's first 18-hole project in North America - Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Virginia - is ranked among the nation's Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Magazine and was ranked among the best new upscale courses in 1996 by Golf Digest Magazine.

Golf Magazine ranked Jacobson's Bull Run Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia - located approximately 35 miles west of Washington, D.C. - the top new public course in Virginia in 1999. Jacobson's Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach, Delaware opened in 2000 to rave reviews and a third nine is under construction.

In addition to new course designs, Jacobson has been entrusted to restore and renovate several classic courses designed by some of the more revered names in golf course architecture. Among Jacobson's restorations are Bob O'Link GC in Highland Park, Ill. (Donald Ross), Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill. (Donald Ross), North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. (H.S. Colt and C.S. Alison), and Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Tom Bendelow, designer of Medinah CC).

In addition to renovating Pete Dye's Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines for the 1999 U.S. Senior Open, Jacobson recently completed a renovation of the club's third nine, which reopened for play in 2000. Jacobson also is renovating the final nine, which is scheduled to reopen in 2002.

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JACOBSON OPENS NEW GLENVIEW NATIONAL NINE
IN HOMETOWN OF GLENVIEW

Nationally Prominent Golf Course Architect Disproves
the Adage That "You Can't Go Home Again"

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (July 14, 2001) - Rick Jacobson, a native of the north Chicago suburb of Glenview, has opened the Glenview National Nine, a nine-hole "family-friendly" course he designed as part of the massive Glenview Naval Air Station Redevelopment Project.

Located on Lake Avenue near Lehigh Avenue in Glenview, Ill., the Glenview National Nine is a public golf course built on land formerly used as runways and taxiways by U.S. servicemen stationed at the former Glenview Naval Air Station. The Glenview Park District will operate the course.

"As someone who grew up in Glenview and who began playing golf there, it is truly an honor to have been able to contribute to Glenview's 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity to redevelop the Glenview Naval Air Station property," said Jacobson, president of Libertyville-based Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. "Glenview is a tremendous community. I am thankful for the opportunity to give something back to the village. I believe the residents will enjoy it for many years to come."

The course is built on 39.3 acres as part of a mixed-use redevelopment of the 1,121-acre parcel that formerly served as a United States Naval Air base now known as The Glen. It is adjacent to The Glen Club, a new privately owned 18-hole championship course designed by well-known golf course architect Tom Fazio.

The Glenview National Nine is a par 31 ranging in length from 975 yards from the junior tees to 2,020 from the back tees. In addition to incorporating multiple tee complexes, Jacobson does not require forced carries over hazards from the special junior tees. Moreover, the course features generous "bailout" areas around the greens to collect errant shots and to help players develop their short game skills. The course is designed to be easy to walk because distances between greens and tees are minimal, Jacobson said.

"The challenge at the The Glenview National Nine was to make the course playable and fun for people who are just taking up the game yet interesting and challenging for those who have been at it awhile," said Jacobson, a 1976 graduate of Maine North High School who heads his own international golf course design firm. "The course has all the features of a big-time championship course - lakes, streams, sand bunkers - and they will strategically come into play primarily for more experienced players."

The nine-hole course will be aimed at the segment of the golfing population that may not have the time, expertise or inclination to play the championship course. Beginning golfers, juniors and seniors are expected to comprise the bulk of its customers.

"The synergy of the 9-hole and 18-hole courses - along with the Park District's existing par 70 18-hole course - will offer golfers of all levels the opportunity to play golf right in the village," Jacobson noted.

"The nine-hole course at The Glen is an important element in our quest to make Glenview the center of a variety of golf activity," said Tom Richardson, executive director of the Glenview Park District. "Rick Jacobson has designed a course that will be conducive to novice players of all ages yet challenging to their friends and family members who might be low handicappers."

Although the course was being built on a flat piece of land, Jacobson has created an elevated tee shot on the 300-yard par 4 second hole, which drops 20 feet from the tee box to the fairway. "We were able to use excavated material from the manmade lakes on the course to build up the teeing area and to create some elevation in what is a flowing prairie style golf course," Jacobson said.

Greens fees for nine holes are as follows:

Monday-Thursday $13 resident, $12 resident senior (65 or older) or junior (18 and under);
$15 non-resident; non-resident juniors $12; no non-resident senior rate.

Friday-Saturday-Sunday $15 resident; $18 non-resident; no junior or senior rate on weekends.

A former design associate of Jack Nicklaus, Jacobson founded Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. in 1991 as a full-service golf design firm specializing in new course designs as well as master plan renovations and additions to existing facilities.

Jacobson's first 18-hole project in North America - Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Virginia - was ranked among the nation's Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Magazine in 1998 and was ranked among the best new upscale courses in 1996 by Golf Digest Magazine.

Jacobson's new Bull Run Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia recently was ranked for as Golf Digest's Best New Public Course in Virginia for 1999. Jacobson's Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach, Delaware opened in 2000 to rave reviews.

Jacobson will open new courses around the country this summer and will break ground on six more, including the Glen. He also is renovating a number of classic Chicago area courses, including Bob O'Link Golf Club in Highland Park, Ill., Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill., and Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Jacobson was widely praised for his renovation of the Des Moines Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa, site of the 1999 U.S. Senior Open.


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JACOBSON BREAKS GROUND AT HOLLOW CREEK GC
IN MARYLAND


Prominent Illinois Golf Course Architect Continues Heavy Middle Atlantic Workload

LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (June 14, 2001) - Workers recently broke ground on the new Hollow Creek Golf Club in Middletown, Maryland, an 18-hole public golf course designed by Chicago-area-based architect Rick Jacobson, who continues to make his mark in the Middle Atlantic region.

"We at Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. are committed to providing a golf experience of the highest value at Hollow Creek," Jacobson said.

Jacobson - who designed such revered Virginia courses as Augustine GC in Stafford and Bull Run CC in Manassas - laid out Hollow Creek on a combination of former farmland and rolling hills bisected by Hollow Creek.

The site, located in the fast-growing Frederick, Maryland area about 40 miles outside Washington DC, features elevation changes of up to 100 feet. While much of the property lacks tree cover, Jacobson has worked the existing vegetation into eight holes, with Hollow Creek coming into play on five holes. The site is surrounded by the Catoctin Mountains, which provide scenic views to the north and east, and a south mountain range, which frames views to the south and west.

"Rick has done a magnificent job on the design element," said course owner Stephen Klein, head of Klein Golf Associates, which will manage the course operation. "We are following his design to the "T."

Course construction is to be completed by October with the grand opening set for the summer of 2002.

The course will be noteworthy in that it will offer a high-end golf experience for a very reasonable price. Klein said he is planning to charge a greens fee of only $35 for a "country-club-for-a-day" golf experience that he said would be comparable to that of a course charging a $75.

"Rick's course would easily be a $75 golf course," Klein said. "At $35, Hollow Creek will be a huge bargain and a huge success." Klein said the course would be aimed at a younger clientele that cannot afford a steady diet of high-priced daily fee golf yet appreciates the kind of challenging and aesthetically pleasing product Jacobson has become known for at his other courses in the area.

Natelli Communities is developing a real estate project around Hollow Creek GC. The community will consist of 210 single-family homes and 140 townhouses, according to company owner Tony Natelli.

"We were looking for a championship course, and after interviewing several architects and seeing some of his other courses in area, we thought Rick Jacobson would be a good fit," Natelli said. "We think he is going to provide us with a well-designed course that will be exceptionally well landscaped and will fit with the bucolic environment of the community."

As is his trademark, Jacobson is exploiting the dynamic physical attributes of the site while designing a par 71 course that plays 6,610 yards from the championship tees and 5,080 yards from the front tees. There are a total of four separate tee boxes.

Klein said plans call for the inclusion of such aesthetic amenities as stonewalls, waterfalls and other high impact visual elements.

Jacobson founded Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. in 1991 as a full-service golf design firm specializing in new course designs as well as master plan renovations and additions to existing facilities. He previously worked with Jack Nicklaus as a design associate.

Jacobson's first 18-hole project in North America - Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Virginia - is ranked among the nation's Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Magazine and was ranked among the best new upscale courses in 1996 by Golf Digest Magazine.

Golf Magazine ranked Jacobson's Bull Run Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia - located approximately 35 miles west of Washington, D.C. - the top new public course in Virginia in 1999. Jacobson's Bear Trap Dunes, the focal point of a residential golf community in Bethany Beach, Delaware, opened last year to rave reviews and a third nine is under construction.

In addition to new course designs, Jacobson has been entrusted to restore and renovate several classic courses designed by some of the more revered names in golf course architecture. Among Jacobson's ongoing restorations are Bob O'Link GC in Highland Park, Ill. (Donald Ross), Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill. (Donald Ross), North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. (H.S. Colt and C.S. Alison), and Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Tom Bendelow, designer of Medinah CC).

In addition to renovating Pete Dye's Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines for the 1999 U.S. Senior Open, Jacobson recently completed a renovation of the club's third nine, which reopened for play in 2000. Jacobson also is renovating the final nine, which is scheduled to reopen in 2002.

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JACOBSON, COCHRAN NAMED "PEOPLE OF THE YEAR"
BY GOLFDOM MAGAZINE

LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (January 4, 2001) - Golfdom Magazine has honored golf course architects Rick Jacobson and Chris Cochran as two of its "People of the Year" for finishing one of the late Bruce Borland's design projects, Coyote Creek GC near Peoria, Ill., Borland's hometown.

An employee of Jack Nicklaus Design Services of North Palm Beach, Fla., Borland died Oct. 25, 1999 in the same airline disaster that claimed the lives of champion golfer Payne Stewart and four others.

By finishing the Coyote Creek project, Jacobson and Cochran ensured that Borland's $50,000 fee would be donated to his Florida church, which he had designated as recipient of his fee prior to his death.

Jacobson is president of Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. based in Libertyville, Illinois. He became friends with Borland and Cochran when he worked with them while employed at Nicklaus Design. Cochran currently is a senior design associate with Nicklaus.

Coyote Creek currently is scheduled to open for play in September 2001.

Jacobson founded Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. in 1991 as a full-service golf design firm specializing in new course designs as well as master plan renovations and additions to existing facilities.

Jacobson's first 18-hole project in North America - Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Virginia - is ranked among the nation's Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Magazine and was ranked among the best new upscale courses in 1996 by Golf Digest Magazine.

Golf Magazine ranked Jacobson's Bull Run Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia - located approximately 35 miles west of Washington, D.C. - the top new public course in Virginia in 1999. Jacobson's Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach, Delaware opened last year to rave reviews and a third nine is under construction

In addition to new course designs, Jacobson has been entrusted to restore and renovate several classic courses designed by some of the more revered names in golf course architecture. Among Jacobson's ongoing restorations are Bob O'Link GC in Highland Park, Ill. (Donald Ross), Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill. (Donald Ross), North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. (H.S. Colt and C.S. Alison), and Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Tom Bendelow, designer of Medinah CC).

In addition to renovating Pete Dye's Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines for the 1999 U.S. Senior Open, Jacobson recently completed a renovation of the club's third nine, which reopened for play in 2000. Jacobson also is renovating the final nine, which is scheduled to reopen in 2002.

Golfdom is an upscale monthly magazine for golf course superintendents, owners, general managers and others with an interest in the business of golf course operations. The circulation is 30,000.


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JACOBSON TO GIVE INDIAN LAKES RESORT A MAKEOVER

LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (April 5, 2001) - The two 18-hole golf courses at Indian Lakes Resort in west suburban Bloomingdale will undergo a major $5 million renovation at the direction of prominent young golf course architect Rick Jacobson, who plans to give the resort a spectacular new signature hole.

Originally built in 1965 as the East and West courses, Indian Lakes' two Robert Bruce Harris layouts will be transformed into a state-of-the-art upscale resort golf complex. The project will be completed nine holes at a time over the next four years. All 36 existing holes will remain open this summer while infrastructure work is being done.

"Our primary purpose for doing this extensive a renovation is to bring our courses and our clubhouse to state-of-the-art condition," said Indian Lakes Director of Golf Operations Doug Borow. "Rick does a great job of taking existing land and blending it into a fun and exciting golf course. A lot of architects like to trick up the course or imitate other architects. He doesn't do either. He makes a very fair and very clean product."

The most spectacular element of the project will be the addition of an island green on the par 4 17th hole on the East Course - currently the existing 8th hole - which is sure to be the resort's new signature hole.

The existing 380-yard par 4 8th currently plays as a dogleg right with a lake on the left on the approach shot to the green. Located in the middle of that lake is an island - which currently is not part of the golf course - where a new 6,500 square-foot green will be placed. A new 70-foot-long footbridge will connect the fairway and green. The new hole will be shortened to approximately 350 yards from the championship tees and will continue to be played as a par 4.

"We think the addition of the island green at Indian Lakes will create a high level of excitement for golfers that will be a topic of conversation long after they complete their rounds," Jacobson said.

Other major elements of the project include:

· A new irrigation system for both courses.
· A change to bent grass on all tees, greens and fairways (made possible by new irrigation system) to give the courses a "country club" feel. Currently, tees and fairways are bluegrass, greens poa.
· Complete renovation and redesign of 127 existing large oval-shaped bunkers into more strategic and aesthetically pleasing bunker complexes.
· Creation of four new and distinct tee box areas aimed at accommodating different levels of play.
· Use of mounding and fairway contouring to provide better separation between parallel holes.
· Resurfacing of greens and improved drainage; recapture of pin placements.

In recent years, Jacobson has renovated several exclusive private country club courses designed by such legendary architects as Donald Ross (Northmoor, Bob O'Link), the team of Colt & Alison (North Shore), Pete Dye (Des Moines G&CC) and Tom Bendelow (Glen Oak). Indian Lakes is his first renovation of a public or resort course in the Chicago area.

"One of our major goals is to elevate the golf courses from a quality standpoint, which is consistent with what they are trying to do with the resort," Jacobson said. "It is going to be a very extensive renovation."

In addition to the golf facilities, Kevin O'Brien, managing director of Indian Lakes Resort, said a multimillion dollar renovation will commence this July and will include all 314 guest rooms; the atrium, lobby and hotel corridors; 50,000 square feet of banquet and meeting rooms; the exteriors of the resort's four main buildings, and the Masters Clubhouse Restaurant. The hotel renovation is scheduled for completion no later than early 2002, O'Brien said. The resort will remain open throughout the renovation.

"We intend to raise the level of amenities and services at the resort to four star," O'Brien said. "We believe that Rick Jacobson's renovation of our golf courses will prove extremely popular with our convention guests and with local players alike."

Jacobson founded Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. in 1991 as a full-service golf design firm specializing in new course designs as well as master plan renovations and additions to existing facilities.

Jacobson's first 18-hole project in North America - Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Virginia - is ranked among the nation's Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Magazine and was ranked among the best new upscale courses in 1996 by Golf Digest Magazine.

Golf Magazine ranked Jacobson's Bull Run Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia - located approximately 35 miles west of Washington, D.C. - the top new public course in Virginia in 1999. Jacobson's Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach, Delaware opened last year to rave reviews and a third nine is under construction


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NEW PROJECTS, COURSE OPENINGS FOR
RICK JACOBSON IN 2001


LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (Feb. 12, 2001) - Golf course architect Rick Jacobson will begin a number of new projects and open several new golf courses in the year 2001, including a course designed by the late Bruce Borland, which Jacobson and a fellow architect completed following Borland's tragic death in 1999.

Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc., which Jacobson heads, has been retained to direct master plan renovations at Indian Lakes Golf Club in Bloomingdale, Ill., a 36-hole resort complex west of Chicago, and Columbia Golf & Country Club in Claverack, NY, an 18-hole club in upstate New York. Jacobson also will complete the final nine holes of his renovation of the 36-hole Des Moines Golf & County Club in West Des Moines, Iowa, which hosted the 1999 U.S. Senior Open following Jacobson's redesign of its championship 18.

The following new Jacobson courses plan to host grand opening celebrations:

· The Broadlands Golf Club in North Prairie, Wisconsin - a Milwaukee suburb - located in Waukesha County on the outskirts of the Kettle Moraine Forest. The grand opening is planned for June. The owners opened the front nine last May and the back nine in August for limited play but plan a full-fledged operation this year.
· The Glenview National Nine in Glenview, Ill., the northern Chicago suburb where Jacobson grew up. A public, municipally owned nine-hole course, The Nine is part of the redevelopment of the Glenview Naval Air Station that also will include an 18-hole semi-private course - The Glen Club - and a large residential development.
· Spirit Hollow Golf Club in Burlington, Iowa. The grand opening is scheduled for June. Located in a spectacular setting in southeastern Iowa just west of the Mississippi River, Spirit Hollow allowed a limited number of rounds last summer while the course matured.

A "soft" opening is planned for the Morningstar Golf Club in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, another Milwaukee suburb in Waukesha County. Limited play starts in May but the clubhouse won't be ready until later in the summer. "It's going to be a fantastic course," said Jim Frutchey, director of club operations and head golf professional. "Rick has done a tremendous job."

Also planning a soft opening is Coyote Creek Golf Club in Peoria. Borland, who perished in the same airline disaster that killed golfer Payne Stewart, did much of the design work on Coyote Creek. Jacobson and Chris Cochran, a senior designer at Jack Nicklaus Design Services, decided to finish the project for their friend so that Borland's fee could be donated to his church, as he had intended. Borland grew up in Peoria and had always dreamed of building a course for the community.

Coyote Creek owner Stephen Chitwood said he plans to open the facility in three stages. The practice range is expected to open in May, the front nine in June and the back nine around Aug. 1, Chitwood said.

"Rick and Chris have done a great job of helping to make Bruce Borland's vision of the course a reality," Chitwood said. "We are going to have a terrific golf course that will be a tribute to Bruce's memory."

Jacobson also has been retained by the Libertyville (Ill.) Parks and Recreation Department to design a golf practice range and learning center that will be part of the community's new sports complex located at Route 45 and Peterson Road in the northern Chicago suburb. Jacobson donated his preliminary design planning services to the community, which serves both as his home and company's headquarters.

An award winning practice range designer who designed two ranges for the Michael Jordan Golf company, Jacobson plans a two-tier, 80-station range with target greens, covered hitting areas, a short game practice area, a large putting green and a private instructional area. Construction is planned to begin in the spring and the facility is expected to open this fall.

"Your traditional driving range looks like a runway," said Randy Reopelle, director of parks and recreation for Libertyville. "Rick is going to make this one look like you're actually on a golf course by leaving a lot the trees and natural terrain."

Jacobson founded Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. in 1991 as a full-service golf design firm specializing in new course designs as well as master plan renovations and additions to existing facilities.

Jacobson's first 18-hole project in North America - Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Virginia - is ranked among the nation's Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Magazine and was ranked among the best new upscale courses in 1996 by Golf Digest Magazine.

Golf Magazine ranked Jacobson's Bull Run Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia - located approximately 35 miles west of Washington, D.C. - the top new public course in Virginia in 1999. Jacobson's Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach, Delaware opened last year to rave reviews and a third nine is under construction

In addition to new course designs, Jacobson has been entrusted to restore and renovate several classic courses designed by some of the more revered names in golf course architecture. Among Jacobson's ongoing restorations are Bob O'Link GC in Highland Park, Ill. (Donald Ross), Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill. (Donald Ross), North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. (H.S. Colt and C.S. Alison), and Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Tom Bendelow, designer of Medinah CC).

In addition to renovating Pete Dye's Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines for the 1999 U.S. Senior Open, Jacobson recently completed a renovation of the club's third nine, which reopened for play in 2000. Jacobson also is renovating the final nine, which is scheduled to reopen in 2002.

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