As President of Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. Rick Jacobson has been actively involved in the Design and Construction of Golf Courses for over 20 years. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1980 with a degree in Landscape Architecture, he worked briefly with a Chicago based Landscape Architecture firm involved with Design/Build projects. From then on, Mr. Jacobson has been continuously employed with some of the premiere organizations in the Golf Industry.

Rick's Golf Course Design career began with Packard, Inc., a Golf Course Architecture firm based in Chicago. Rick was exposed to all aspects of Design and Plan Document preparation from the outset. Upon completion of Plan Documents for the Riverside Club in Dallas, Texas, Rick (through a joint agreement) went to work for Wadsworth Golf Construction Company to be involved with the implementation of the Packard Design. Wadsworth, who was voted for three years in a row as Golf Course "Builder of the Year" by Golf Course News' Annual Survey of Architects, provided Rick with the knowledge of quality materials and techniques used in construction to develop some of the finest golf courses in the world.

Upon completion of the Riverside Club, Rick returned to the office of Packard, Inc. to apply this new found knowledge on future projects. As Design Associate, he played an integral role in the planning, design and implementation of several projects.

In July of 1985, Rick accepted a position with Jack Nicklaus Golf Services as Assistant Designer. From the outset, he was exposed to world class projects, initially in the role of producing plan documents and eventually as Design Associate.

Rick's first project with Jack Nicklaus Golf Services was the preparation of plan documents for the Renegade Course at Desert Mountain. Upon completion, he was transferred to the Corporate Offices in North Palm Beach, Florida where he was rapidly promoted to Design Associate. As Design Associate for Jack Nicklaus Golf Services, Rick was involved with many prominent projects in both the U.S. and Asia.

In November of 1991, Rick formed Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. based on his firm belief that "only organizations that deliver a quality product with uncompromised service will endure". As a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects Rick has relied upon his exceptional background to deliver award winning projects such as: Augustine Golf Club, Stafford, Virginia - selected as one of Golf Digests' Best New Upscale Course in 1996 and Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Magazine in 1998, Bull Run Country Club, Haymarket, Virginia - recognized by Golf Digest as Best New Public Course in Virginia in 2000 and the renovation of Des Moines Golf and Country Club for the record breaking 1999 U.S. Senior Open.

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Doug began his pursuit of a lifelong dream to become a golf course architect by attending West Virginia University and receiving a bachelor of science degree in Landscape Architecture. The following year was spent with a firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania becoming familiar with plant material and design for residential and commercial landscape applications. This experience was influential in shaping Doug's interpersonal skills for dealing with people and integrating their ideas in a collaborative effort to execute design philosophies and concepts.

The following year Doug entered into the golf course industry through the construction discipline which is essential to even the greatest designs. In 1992, Doug accepted a position with one of the most highly respected contractors in the country, Wadsworth Golf Construction Co. of Plainfield, IL. Doug's first assignment was working on Diamond Run Golf Course, a golf course designed by Gary Player in Sewickley, PA. He performed construction activities such as: installing drainage in fairways and greens, supervising irrigation installation, layout of features for earthwork operations and grassing procedures. Upon completion of Diamond Run, Doug was selected as a key member of the project team to construct a new 18-hole course and upgrade an existing irrigation system at Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso, Texas. Doug executed numerous on-site services as the Quality Control Engineer and was later promoted to Project Superintendent during the grassing and grow-in of the project.

Doug's excellent organizational skills and successful completion of the Fort Bliss Project resulted in an opportunity for him to relocate to the corporate offices of Wadsworth to become an Estimator. While in the corporate office, Doug worked closely with several of the most knowledgeable individuals in the golf industry. Doug became intimately familiar with the intricacies involved in executing a project from the bid process through the completion of construction.

Doug's exposure with working on projects throughout the country and executing designs by many world renowned architects has established a very unique knowledge base. As a Senior Designer for Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc., during the past 8 years, Doug has been involved in several of our award winning designs. The new courses in which Doug has been our Lead Designer are: Thornberry Creek Country Club in Green Bay, WI; Hunters Glen in Crivitz, WI; The Broadlands in North Prairie, WI; Morningstar Golf Club in Waukesha, WI; Vista Links in Buena Vista, VA and the Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, WI.

Two of Doug's most recent renovation projects received acclaims by Crittenden Magazines with North Shore Country Club (2nd Place "Renovation of the Year-2004" Private) and Indian Lakes Resort (Finalist "Renovation of Year-2004" Public). He has proven to be a valuable resource for our clients throughout the process of implementing a golf course development project.

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John Winters

John became an associate with Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. in July of 2006. Prior to joining the firm, John gained hands on Landscape Architecture experience working on comprehensive residential and commercial designs. While attending Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi John earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. According to John, "My major in Landscape Architecture provided an excellent foundation for the studying of art, the process of design and engineering applications."

As one of 17 individuals from 11 countries, John is continuing his education as a member of the prestigious European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) post graduate program. The course utilizes the wealth of experience within the membership of the Institute as well as the excellent facilities, staff and five of Europe's best educational centers. The five centers are located in England, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and the "Home of Golf" St. Andrews, Scotland.

As an Associate with Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc., John is involved in all phases of the design process. His responsibilities include: the production of preliminary routing studies, the preparation of Autocadd Plan Documents for the construction process, assisting with the development of golf course specifications and the observation of the construction process for both new course designs and the renovation of existing courses within the firm's domestic and international markets. John also uses his artistic and computer graphic skills to assist clients with visualizing proposed designs created by Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc.

John has gained extensive experience while working at Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. Several of his recent domestic projects include: Winnetka Golf Club in Winnetka, Illinois; Indian Lakes Golf Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois; Hawk's Nest Golf Club in York County, Virginia and Bowes Creek in Elgin, Illinois. He has also worked on the Lion's Lake Resort project and Chaozhou Golf Club in China and Tomei Atsugi Country Club in Japan to expand his international experience.

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Karen has been actively involved in the golf industry for over 20 years. Her first experience evolved when she accepted a position as the assistant to the Club Manager at the Loxahatchee Club (a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course) in Jupiter, Florida. Karen was exposed to a wide variety of management functions and her daily responsibilities included correspondence for the General Manager, Director of Golf, Teaching Pros, Food and Beverage Manager and the Chef; assistance with Payroll, and coordination of daily operations including Food and Beverage activities, pro shop, etc.

In 1991 Karen was selected as Secretary/Treasurer of Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. Karen relies upon her expertise in accounting, insurance, word processing, etc. to manage the firm's operations. She has organized management systems that have allowed the firm to grow significantly in the past 14 years and has formed positive relationships between Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc. and our clients.

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Mr. Schueneman has been actively involved in Golf Course Design and Development for over 12 years. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture, David worked briefly as a Maintenance and Golf Course Construction Supervisor for Cherokee Country Club. Subsequent to that time, he has worked in collaboration with some of the leading architects in the Golf industry.

David's Golf Course Design career began with Packard, Inc., a Golf Course Architecture firm based in Chicago. David performed a leading role in all areas of design and plan document preparation which included routing studies, dimension plans, grading/drainage plans, landscape plans, seeding plans and construction details for many high profile public and private golf courses throughout the world. While with the Packard organization, David was often responsible for on-site inspections to monitor adherence to his design concepts during the construction phase. These site visits were often conducted in collaboration with Andy North (two time U.S. Open champion), who worked with David on planning course strategy.

As a plan production Associate for the past 8 years with Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc., David draws upon his extensive technical background to execute Plan Documents and to help develop course strategy. Moreover, David's expertise is especially helpful with renovation Design Development where his knowledge of maintenance issues and operations results into an added value in regards to long term expense planning and course conditioning. David is also responsible for displaying his unique graphic abilities in the foray of color renderings and presentation drawings that help illustrate the proven fundamental design concepts of Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc.

David is an affiliated member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the National Golf Foundation and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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