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- 2002 -

JACOBSON BREAKS GROUND ON NEW UPSCALE PUBLIC
COURSE IN PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS

JACOBSON COMPLETES PHASE I OF INDIAN LAKES MAKEOVER

JACOBSON'S SPIRIT HOLLOW PROVES WORTHY
HOST OF 2002 IOWA STATE AMATEUR

2002 SHAPING UP AS BIG YEAR FOR JACOBSON GOLF COURSE DESIGN

RICK JACOBSON TO DESIGN WORLD CLASS 18-HOLE
GOLF COURSE IN BOOMING WILLIAMSBURG AREA

WASHINGTON GOLF MONTHLY TOP 100
INCLUDES THREE RICK JACOBSON DESIGNS

GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT RICK JACOBSON
TO ADDRESS MIDDLE ATLANTIC GOLF ASSOCIATION

 

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JACOBSON COMPLETES PHASE I OF INDIAN LAKES MAKEOVER

Breaks Ground on Phase II of 36-Hole Renovation Project

LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (October 10, 2002) - Nationally prominent Chicago area golf course architect Rick Jacobson has completed the first phase of a $5 million 36-hole renovation project at Indian Lakes Resort in west suburban Bloomingdale.

He also broke ground earlier this month on Phase II of the project, which aims to transform the 1960's-era resort into an upscale, state-of-the-art resort golf complex.

"The first nine holes turned out fantastic," said Bruce Fairchild, managing director of Indian Lakes Resort. "Aesthetically, it is much better. It plays tougher from the back tees, but with the new multiple tee areas it's still a fun experience for the average golfer. It's night and day from where we were before."

Phase I consisted of a complete makeover of the front nine of the resort's West Course, which is now open for play to resort guests and the public. It has been transformed into an exciting new layout that is both pleasing to the eye and strategically challenging - and ultimately more enjoyable for golfers.

"The new front nine is the first step toward our goal of giving the golf courses at Indian Lakes a totally new and different character than they previously had," Jacobson said. "Golfers who go out and play the new front nine will get a taste of how we're working to enhance the quality of both the playing surfaces and the shot values at Indian Lakes."

Jacobson has replaced, relocated or rebuilt all the original 1965-vintage saucer-style sand bunkers with a more aesthetically pleasing and strategically challenging set of bunkers. Jacobson designed the new bunker complexes in the style of famed golf course architect Alistair McKenzie. Many of the new bunkers slope dramatically down from the green and feature sand flashed high on the slopes with fingers of turf bleeding back down into the bunkers.

The original design had one long tee box with room for three sets of tees. Jacobson has installed four separate teeing areas on almost every hole in order to accommodate different levels of play. Greens have been renovated in order to recapture or create new pin placements. Jacobson also added fairway bailout areas near greens that did not exist in the original Robert Bruce Harris design.

In upgrading the playing areas, all tees and fairways - which originally were bluegrass - have been resurfaced with high quality bent grass. The greens, originally poa, also were changed to bent grass. Jacobson incorporated fescue areas to provide contrast and texture to the turf. New irrigation and drainage systems have been installed to improve course conditioning.

In another significant move, Dan Charlton, former assistant golf course superintendent at the prestigious Bob O' Link Golf Club in Highland Park, Ill., has taken over as golf course superintendent at Indian Lakes.

Par on the front nine remains at 36. The nine holes measures 3,452 yards from the back tees and 2,538 from the front. The two middle tees come in at 2,938 and 3,264 yards.

"Rick added a lot of character to the course from a design perspective and we have spent significantly to upgrade the playing conditions," Fairchild said. The resort recently completed a $20 million renovation of its 314 rooms, its restaurant, 50,000 square feet of meeting and banquet rooms, the atrium and lobby, internal corridors, and the exteriors of its four primary buildings. An elaborate spa also was added.

Jacobson said he plans to continue the McKenzie-style bunkering theme on the second nine of the West Course, but will change to Donald Ross-style bunkers on the East Course. Renovation on the front nine of the East Course is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2003.

In addition to having designed a steady stream of new 18-hole courses for a national client base, Jacobson in recent years has renovated several of the Chicago area's most highly regarded country club courses. He has done renovation and restoration work on courses designed by such legendary architects as Donald Ross (Northmoor, Bob O'Link), the team of H.S. Colt & C.H. 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.

"Some renovation projects call for a golf course architect to restore a course as closely as possible to the vision of the original architect," Jacobson said. "Others require more extensive design work to bring the course up to the higher standards of conditioning, challenge and aesthetics that today's golfing public demands."

A former member of Jack Nicklaus' course design team, 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 - has been 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 award-winning Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach, Delaware opened last year to rave reviews and a highly praised third nine opened to the public earlier this year.

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JACOBSON'S SPIRIT HOLLOW PROVES WORTHY
HOST OF 2002 IOWA STATE AMATEUR


Champion Calls Two-Year-Old Course "One of the Best in Iowa"

BURLINGTON, Iowa (Aug. 7, 2002) - When Spirit Hollow Golf Club opened unofficially in the summer of 2000, club general manager Rob Higgins predicted the Rick Jacobson-designed layout would come to be known as "one of the best golf courses in the state of Iowa."

Bo Anderson couldn't agree more. The 22-year-old senior from the University of Iowa successfully defended his Iowa State Amateur title at Spirit Hollow, July 25-27, and came away raving about the course.

"I think it's a great course," said Anderson, who rolled in a 25-foot putt on the third hole of a sudden death playoff with two other players to secure victory in the 100th Iowa State Amateur championship. "One of the best in Iowa. Rick did an unbelievable job."

Anderson, who shot 72-74-73-74 for a 5-over total of 293 in regulation, said Spirit Hollow combines natural beauty, strategic challenge and a refreshing variety of par 3 holes.

"You've got to hit the ball well to keep it in play, and you've got to use every club in your bag," Anderson said. "You don't just bomb a driver off every tee. You have to be precise where you hit it. The greens are good sized with good undulation, and there are a lot of good pin placements, which helps when you're playing a 72-hole tournament."

Anderson found the par 3 holes especially enjoyable.

"I really like the par 3s," he said. "A lot of par 3s on newer courses are 210 yards and that's it. At Spirit Hollow, you have par 3s that are 165, 175 yards. I like the variety."

Anderson said course and green conditions for the Iowa State Amateur were ideal. "It was in great shape," he said. "The fairways were perfect. The greens rolled well. The rough wasn't too deep but it wasn't easy to get the ball out."

Anderson also enjoyed the natural beauty of the course, which is set on 210 acres.

"My mom judges a golf course by how beautiful a place it is," Anderson said. "She loved Spirit Hollow. Most of the tees are elevated and there are a lot of great views."

Scott Briggs, a Burlington resident and Iowa's 1999 Amateur Player of the Year, also regards Spirit Hollow as one of Iowa's elite courses. "The course requires you to use every club in your bag, and there are several tees on each hole, so you can play no matter what your handicap," Briggs said. "I had a lot of friends from Cedar Rapids, the Quad Cities, Ottumwa and Quincy, Ill. come down and play it and they absolutely raved about it."

A public course located in Burlington just a few miles west of the Mississippi River, Spirit Hollow served as a local qualifying site for the 2001 U.S. Open - no small feat for a course that was open only for limited rounds in the summer of 2000. The Iowa Golf Association named Spirit Hollow the 18-hole course of the year in 2001.

And unlike many high-quality golf courses being built these days, Spirit Hollow also has another quality patrons like: affordable prices. The 18-hole greens fee at Spirit Hollow is $55 with cart; for golfers over 50 years old it's $25 with cart before noon on weekdays; those over 60 pay only $20 with cart before noon on weekdays.

"The best thing about this golf course is the land and the terrain," Higgins said. "There are a lot of hills and trees and elevation changes. Rick did a great job of letting the land dictate what the hole was going to be. Rick only moved 250,000 yards of earth. It was a natural design. As a result, you've got 18 unique golf holes - which means we have 18 signature holes here."

Jacobson's name may ring a bell to Iowa golf devotees. He is the Libertyville, Ill.-based golf course architect whose renovation of Pete Dye's Des Moines Golf & Country Club for the 1999 U.S. Senior Open met with universal acclaim. Jacobson completed the renovation of all 36 holes at Des Moines last year.

"It's truly an honor to have played a role in two of the more significant events in Iowa golf history - the 1999 U.S. Senior Open at Des Moines Country Club and the 2002 Iowa State Amateur at Spirit Hollow," Jacobson said.

Spirit Hollow plays to a par of 72 and range in length from 5,053 to 7,021 yards, depending on which of five sets of tees players choose. Dramatic elevation changes of up to 70 feet, ravines, old oak, hickory and sycamore trees as well as gently rolling prairie that once served as farmland give the golf course its unique character.

"The natural character of the site, with its mature trees and vegetation, gives Spirit Hollow the feel of an old traditional golf course that has been around for many years," Jacobson said. "Our goal was to take classical and traditional design elements and apply them to a dramatic site in the Mississippi River Valley."

Spirit Hollow has a rustic yet elegant 7,000 square-foot clubhouse that has features normally associated with high-end resort or country club golf courses. It includes a full-service pro shop, bar and grill, banquet facilities and patio dining. Large open windows in the back of the building provide vistas of the golf course. Exposed beams on the ceilings, a generous main dining room, and a large fireplace in the grill area provide a warm and relaxed environment for players and their guests.

Owner Randy Winegard, a local businessman, bought the property in 1981 and plans a limited residential development primarily on the perimeter of the property. "We will have 60 single family lots and 24 condominium units on the property, with most of the holes free of residential development.

In addition to it spectacular 18 holes, Spirit Hollow sets itself apart by virtue of its world-class practice area, which has 40,000 square feet of tee space, five target greens, a chipping green, sand bunker/green practice area, and a large putting green.

Anyone interested in more information may log onto the course website at www.spirithollowgolfcourse.com or call the pro shop at 319-752-0004.

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2002 SHAPING UP AS BIG YEAR FOR JACOBSON
GOLF COURSE DESIGN


LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (Jan. 31, 2002) - Two groundbreakings, six openings, three speaking engagements and ongoing renovation work will highlight the 2002 activities of prominent golf course architect Rick Jacobson.

"The construction phase of a project is very exciting because the ideas conceived on paper during the design phase start to take shape in the ground," Jacobson said company recently marked its 10th year in business. "The actual opening of a project is extremely satisfying because it represents the culmination of years of hard work and cooperation among members of the project team."

THE GROUNDBREAKINGS

Jacobson will break ground this spring on an affordable new upscale 18-hole golf course in Bucks County, Pennsylvania just north of Philadelphia. Construction of the new course, located just outside Yardley, is scheduled to be completed this fall for an anticipated 2003 opening. 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. So far, no name has been selected for the 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. The course will be owned by Lower Makefield Township, which selected Jacobson from a field of some 35 golf course architects.

Jacobson will break ground on Phase II of the four-phase renovation of the 36-hole Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois, located in west suburban Chicago. The project, which is being done nine holes at a time, includes a new irrigation system for both the East and West courses; a change to bent grass on all tees, greens and fairways (made possible by new irrigation system); renovation and redesign of 127 existing bunkers to improve strategy and aesthetics; use of mounding and fairway contouring to provide better separation between parallel holes; resurfacing of greens and improved drainage; recapture of pin placements; creation of four new and distinct tee box areas aimed at accommodating different levels of play, and creation of a dramatic new "signature" hole that will feature an "island" green.

THE OPENINGS

Jacobson will formally open the third and final nine holes of the renowned Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View, Delaware, whose initial 18 holes opened in 1999 to universal acclaim. The new par 36 nine will play from 2,450 - 3,400 yards, depending on which set of four sets of tees golfers choose to play. In his April 27, 2000 review of the original 18 holes, Washington Times golf writer Barker Davis called Bear Trap Dunes "unquestionably the most challenging layout within 40 miles of Ocean City (Maryland). A third nine…will cement Bear Trap's best-at-the-beach status." Bear Trap Dunes serves the popular resorts of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland, which draw visitors from Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and other communities on the East Coast. The 27-hole golf complex is the centerpiece of a neo-traditional 700-home residential community called the Village at Bear Trap Dunes being developed by Carl M. Freeman Associates, Inc.

Another course expected to open officially this summer is Coyote Creek Golf Club just outside Peoria, Illinois. The late Bruce Borland had finished most of the course design and was about to begin construction when he perished tragically Oct. 25, 1999 in plane crash that also took the lives of Payne Stewart and four others. Jacobson and fellow architect Chris Cochran, both longtime friends and associates of Borland, have donated their services to make sure the course was completed. Coyote Creek, which hosted limited play last year, is located in unincorporated Limestone Township five miles outside of Peoria, Borland's hometown. The world's only Bruce Borland Signature Course is a rolling, 6,700-yard, par 71 upscale daily fee course.

The Jacobson-designed Hollow Creek Golf Club in Middletown, Maryland is set to open this summer. Surrounded by the Catoctin Mountains, the 18-hole public golf course is part of a residential development located in the fast-growing Frederick, Maryland area about 40 miles outside Washington, DC. The course features elevation changes of up to 100 feet and Jacobson worked to integrate existing vegetation into eight holes. Hollow Creek itself comes into play on five holes. The mountainous setting provides scenic views in every direction. The course will offer a high-end golf experience at an affordable price.

The final nine of Jacobson's 36-hole renovation of Pete Dye's Des Moines Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa will open this spring. Jacobson renovated the first 18 holes of the 1968-vintage course for the 1999 U.S. Senior Open. The course was widely praised by players and championship officials.

The first nine holes of Jacobson's renovation of Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois scheduled to open this summer.

A Jacobson-designed golf practice center is scheduled to open this summer at the Libertyville Sports Complex in Libertyville, Illinois.

THE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

A board of governors member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Jacobson is scheduled to participate in a forum on "Practical Golf" at the upcoming annual international conference of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. The seminar - set for Feb. 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando - will try to increase awareness and knowledge about building affordable, accessible and sustainable "alternative" golf facilities.

On Feb. 22, Jacobson will discuss trends in golf course architecture during the annual dinner meeting of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association to be hosted at the venerable Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

And on Feb. 26 Jacobson will address a plenary session of the annual Urban Land Institute conference on golf course and community development in Rancho Mirage, California. The theme of the session is "Design Issues for Today: Place Making and Positioning." It will deal with the ways in which the integrated design of a golf course and a residential community can create a special "sense of place."

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.

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RICK JACOBSON TO DESIGN WORLD CLASS 18-HOLE
GOLF COURSE IN BOOMING WILLIAMSBURG AREA

Hawk's Nest GC Is Part of a Brownfield Redevelopment Project

"A Stunning Piece of Real Estate"

LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (July 11, 2002) - Rick Jacobson has been selected from among 15 golf course architects to design the new Hawk's Nest Golf Club, a world-class 18-hole daily fee facility located in the booming Williamsburg area of Virginia.

"We chose Rick as our golf course architect because we noticed he has a very light touch with the land,"said Norm Smith, president of Govco Builders, who selected Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. for the project. "His courses look like they've always been there. And we also noted that many of the courses he has been involved with have received regional and national attention."

Hawk's Nest is part of a larger Brownfield Redevelopment Project, which ultimately will include an upscale office campus located near the golf course. Hawk's Nest has no residential component but is expected to enhance the desirability of the office campus. The golf course will have a 10-acre state-of-the-art practice facility, including driving range, short game area and putting greens. Hawk's Nest is located off U.S. Interstate 64 near The Colonial Parkway.

"It is very exciting to be chosen to design a golf course on a site where the natural beauty is so abundant and offers so many opportunities to build visually compelling and strategically challenging holes," Jacobson said. "It is even more satisfying to be designing a course that will enable the public to gain a recreational use from previously degraded and unused land."

Current plans call for construction to begin in March 2003 in anticipation of a 2004 opening.

The course will have some 80 feet of elevation change and several holes will have views of King's Creek and its adjacent salt water marsh ecosystem, Jacobson said. Hipps Pond, a nine-acre water hazard, will come into play on several holes. The property is alive with wildlife, including deer, wild turkeys, fox, pheasant and, of course, hawks.

"We are going to turn a Brownfield into a Field of Greens," Smith said. "The land has been sitting here surrounded by a barbed wire fence for 60-70 years. Every person I've taken out there drops his mouth open when he sees the water, the bluffs, the specimen trees. It is absolutely stunning and Rick has created a beautiful routing."

The land had been used since World War II to house 23 2-million gallon bomb-proof fuel storage tanks underground. Leakage occurred in some of the tanks and petroleum contaminated parts of the 276-acre property, where the golf course will be built. That property can be used for anything other than residential housing and will self-cleanse in a number of years. Another 260 acres will be used for the office park.

The clubhouse will be designed in the traditional colonial style characteristic of the Williamsburg region. As a site for wedding receptions, anniversaries and other family or business gatherings, Hawk's Nest will be an integral part of the York County community.

Although Hawk's Nest is the first golf course in Virginia's York County, the Williamsburg area has become something of a golf mecca in recent years and is well known for such tourist attractions as Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.

Hawk's Nest will be Jacobson's latest addition to Virginia's golf scene, where his work has been received with overwhelming praise. Jacobson's other Virginia designs include the highly renowned Augustine GC in Stafford (1995); Bull Run CC in Manassas (1998), and The Golf Academy at Broad Run in Manassas (1998). Other original designs in the Middle Atlantic region include the 27-hole Bear Trap Dunes complex in Ocean View, Delaware (2000) and the recently opened Hollow Creek GC in Middletown, Maryland. He currently has courses on the drawing board in New York and Pennsylvania.

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 - 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 - located approximately 35 miles west of Washington, D.C. - the top new public course in Virginia in 1999. Bear Trap Dunes is the focal point of a hugely successful residential golf community near the popular tourist area of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland.

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 other 18 holes.


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WASHINGTON GOLF MONTHLY TOP 100
INCLUDES THREE RICK JACOBSON DESIGNS


LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (March 3l, 2002) - All three of Rick Jacobson's 18-hole Middle Atlantic Region golf courses are included on Washington Golf Monthly's Top 100 Must-Play Courses of the Middle Atlantic Region.

The Jacobson courses are: Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Virginia; Bull Run Golf Club in Haymarket, Virginia; and Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View, Delaware. They currently are the only three 18-hole Jacobson-designed courses open in the region. The list was published in the March edition of the prestigious regional golf publication.

"Jacobson Golf Course Design is proud to have been included in Washington Golf Monthly's list of Top 100 courses in the Middle Atlantic region," Jacobson said. "The Middle Atlantic region has the kind of terrain that lends itself to the best traditions in course design and creation of state-of-the-art playing conditions.

Referring to Augustine, the magazine says: "Every fairway is lined with trees, giving this modern layout the feel of a traditional Northeast golf course. Water is used sparingly but dramatically on this straightforward design that delights the purist."

Of Bull Run, the magazine says, "Simplicity guides Bull Run. No tricks, no gimmicks, no bells and whistles to go awry. Bull Run is just straightforward good golf with some wonderful surroundings."

Its comment on Bear Trap Dunes: "In his minimalist style, Jacobson fit holes onto a sandy parcel of Delmarva topography: flat and covered in sea grasses and coastal plants. He didn't move much sand to build the course but fit fairways neatly between dunes."

Augustine also has been recognized by other publications:

· Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play - Golf Magazine
· Top 10 Overall in Virginia - Golf Digest
· Top 20 Best Places for Women to Play in the United States - Golf Digest for Women

Bull Run's honors include:

· Best New Public Course in Virginia in 1999 - Golf Magazine

Bear Trap Dunes has been recognized as:

· Top 3 Public Courses in the state of Delaware - Golfweek Magazine
· Best Public Golf Course - Delaware News Journal
· Top 100 Courses - Golf for Women Magazine

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GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT RICK JACOBSON
TO ADDRESS MIDDLE ATLANTIC GOLF ASSOCIATION

Prominent up-and-coming golf course architect Rick Jacobson will discuss trends in golf course architecture when he addresses the 100th anniversary dinner of Middle Atlantic Golf Association on Friday, Feb. 22 at the venerable Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.

A member of the board of governors of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Jacobson, 43, is the designer of such highly acclaimed Middle Atlantic region courses as Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Va.; Bull Run Golf Club in Haymarket, Va., and Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach, Del.

In addition, Jacobson has several courses in the works in the region, including: Hollow Creek Golf Club in Middletown, Maryland, which is set to open this summer; an affordable new upscale 18-hole golf course in Bucks County, Pennsylvania just north of Philadelphia; the third and final nine holes at the highly acclaimed Bear Trap Dunes, whose initial 18 holes opened in 1999, and a dramatic new 18-hole public course now under construction in Stony Point, NY, about 40 miles north of New York City near the Hudson River.

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 Libertyville, Ill. in 1991. The full-service golf design firm specializes in new course designs, master plan renovations and additions to existing facilities. The Glenview, Ill. native 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 - 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 the top new public course in Virginia in 1999. Bear Trap Dunes has been widely praised since it opened in 1999.

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 renovated 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. He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of three boys.

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JACOBSON BREAKS GROUND ON NEW UPSCALE PUBLIC
COURSE IN PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS

Lower Makefield Township Is Building Course
For Golf-Starved Public

LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois (Nov. 8, 2002) - Continuing to make his mark on the East Coast golf scene, nationally prominent golf course architect Rick Jacobson today broke ground on a new 18-hole public course in Bucks County, Pennsylvania just north of Philadelphia.

The 7,000-yard course, located on the former Pleasant Valley Farm on Woodside Road just off Interstate 95 on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River, is expected to be ready for play in the summer of 2004. The Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors undertook the project to provide its residents with additional recreational opportunities and to preserve open space.

"The township and its golf committee have worked long and hard to make this project a reality," Jacobson said. "It is a thrill finally to see their commitment rewarded as the first few shovels of dirt are turned over and the construction process gets under way."

Lower Makefield Township Supervisor Wesley Hackman said he is happy the project finally has come to fruition after many years. "We are excited that we are making progress and actually building the course," Hackman said. "It is a win-win situation. We preserve open space while providing a top quality course for golfers in the area and we expect it to pay for itself."

The course is the first in Pennsylvania for Jacobson, who also has designed highly acclaimed courses in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and New York. Jacobson also has several original designs in Wisconsin and has done extensive renovation and restoration work at some of the Chicago area's most renowned courses. He also renovated Pete Dye's Des Moines G&CC in preparation for the 1999 U.S. Senior Open.

"Our design philosophy is to build courses that are visually interesting and strategically challenging for golfers of all levels," Jacobson said. "We try to build golf courses that people will want to come back and play over and over again."

The 180-acre Bucks County site 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 course will be a Par 72 ranging from in length from 5,007 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 I-95 at Exit 51. Greens fees are expected to range between $40 and $70. A 5,000-square-foot clubhouse will be located at the high point of the property with panoramic views of the Delaware River valley.

The property also includes an existing stone farmhouse and an out-building reflective of the vernacular architecture of Bucks County, both of which will be preserved in order to maintain the property's historically rural atmosphere.

A key factor for the township was the value Jacobson places on the "playability" of his courses - the difficult balancing act of making the course enjoyable for high handicappers while making it challenging for better players.

"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

The course is Jacobson's first in a metropolitan Philadelphia area that boasts such historic courses as Pine Valley GC (Clementon, NJ) and Merion (Ardmore, PA). Jacobson has made his mark in the Middle Atlantic region with such layouts as Augustine GC and Bull Run CC in suburban Washington, DC, and the 27-hole Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View, Delaware. 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 - has been 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 opened to rave reviews and recently was honored by Golf Inc. Magazine as Development of the Year for 2002.

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, Jacobson renovated Pete Dye's Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines in preparation for the 1999 U.S. Senior Open. Jacobson recently completed a renovation of the club's other 18-hole course.


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