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Jemsek Golf Design Completes Remodel of Windermere CC near Orlando


Jemsek Golf Design has completed a six-month remodel of Windermere Country Club, an 18-hole, semiprivate golf club near Orlando, Fla. The Ward Northrup-designed course underwent its first major renovation since opening in 1986.

Jemsek Golf Design was hired for the renovation project, which included upgrades to the greens, greenside bunkers and practice range tee. "I really enjoy working on classically design courses," said Joe Jemsek, principal, Jemsek Golf Design. "Windermere is a wonderful, mature layout which rewards shot-makers, but it is also a course that allows golfers of all abilities to enjoy. It was a pleasure working with the professional teams from Kemper Sports, SPE GO Holdings, Inc. and Country Club Services on the project."

Since taking over the property, SPE GO Holdings has invested more than $1 million into the course. One of the biggest investments was the renovation of the greens. Under the direction of Jemsek, each putting surface was expanded, recontoured and planted with TifEagle bermuda. The greens are now about 20 percent larger, which allows for more pin locations and reduces wear and tear. TifEagle is a premium ultradwarf grass, known for its ability to provide consistent and fast green speeds.

"Jemsek Golf Design did a wonderful job improving Windermere's greens complexes. The playability of the course has improved dramatically. With the investment we have made in the clubhouse and golf facilities, we feel that Windermere is now one of the best semi-private clubs in the Orlando market," said Steve Snellman, Vice-President, SPE GO Holdings, Inc.

Country Club Services of Boca Raton, Fla., was the contractor for the renovation project and installed new subsurface drainage and reshaped the greenside bunkers. The new modern-looking bunkers were redesigned to enhance aesthetic appeal and playability. In addition to a new laser-leveled practice range tee, several new forward and back tees were added to increase the course's flexibility.

"There has been a lot of positive feedback from the members about the renovation, especially the greens," added Jemsek. "That is great news, because Windermere is located in the heart of one of the biggest golf markets in the country and will get a lot of exposure in the next six months with tourist play and the three key golf industry shows coming to town."

Jemsek has completed course design work at Summer Grove Golf Club in Newnan, Ga., the Resort at Village Creek in Wynne, Ark., and the Sunshine Course in Lemont, Ill. He is currently working on course renovations at Plum Tree National Golf Club in Harvard, Ill., and a new golf development in central China.

Jemsek has been designing, renovating, and restoring golf courses around the world, both collaboratively with other designers and independently since 1996. For more information, call 773/687-9860 or visit www.jemsekgolfdesign.com.