OUR HISTORY

Initially formed on Dec. 29, 1944 to assist war veterans coming back from World War II, the CDGA Foundation has undergone numerous name changes and shifts in its programming focus. What has remained constant, however, is the ability to translate the universal enjoyment of golf into a means of improving lives.

MIDWEST GOLF HOUSE

Home of the CDGA Foundation and Three-Hole Sunshine Course

Conceived in 1998 after a land donation from the Jemsek family and opened in 2001, Midwest Golf House is a 22,000 square foot facility located in Lemont, Ill. The building currently houses the offices of the CDGA, CDGA Foundation and Illinois Junior Golf Association, while also providing office space to allied associations such as Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents, USGA and First Tee.

Midwest Golf House

BOARD & STAFF

CDGA Foundation Officers and Board of Trustees

Sheldon Solow - President

Larry Laboda - Treasurer

Tom Allison - Trustee

David Haverick - Trustee

Matthew Pekarek - Trustee

Dennis Reed - First Vice President

Jack Childers - General Counsel

Tom Artz - Trustee

John Hammond - Trustee

Carolyn Nagle - Secretary

Michael Grandinetti - Ex-Officio

Mike Bruni - Trustee

Tom Mikrut - Trustee

Staff

Brittany Ottolini
Senior Managing Director, Foundation
(630) 685-2313
bottolini@cdga.org

Alex Nolly
Director of Foundation Administration
(630) 685-2351
anolly@cdga.org

Matt Baylor
Senior Managing Director, Communications
(630) 685-2302
mbaylor@cdga.org

Casey Richards
Director of Communications
(630) 685-2324
crichards@cdga.org

Christopher Painter
Green Superintendent & Facility Manager
(630) 685-2311
cpainter@cdga.org

Niki Munroe
Asst. Green Superintendent & Facility Mgr
(630) 685-2343
nmunroe@cdga.org

THREE-HOLE SUNSHINE COURSE

Three Distinct Services

The Three-Hole Sunshine Course at Midwest Golf House is designed to service the Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) and all allied golf associations. The Sunshine Course is located next to the Midwest Golf House on eight acres of land across the street from Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. The land was donated to the CDGA by the Jemsek Family.

Sunshine Course
Veteran woman in wheelchair putting

The Sunshine Course provides playing opportunities to the CDGA Foundation and affiliated groups. The groups playing the course include those dedicated to utilizing golf in an educational, therapeutic, recreational or rehabilitative manner (Illinois Junior Golf Association, The First Tee, RevelationGolf, Kids Golf Foundation, VA Lakeside Hospital and more.)

The course and related facilities are fully handicap accessible. Clinics, camps and/or seminars for affiliated community organizations or corporations may also take place on the course (e.g. Cog Hill's Head Golf Pro, Jeff Rimsnider's Junior Golf League and No Embarrassment Golf School).

Arboretum
Flowers

The Midwest Golf House complex houses an arboretum of trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses and more. The land is more than golf turf, as the arboretum brings together many professions in an effort to help the green and golf industry.

The arboretum services CDGA member clubs and The Green Industry Associations (including nurseries, landscapers, etc.). The arboretum will implement an environmental plan including monitoring water quality, protecting/creating new wildlife habitats and educating club members and the public.

Turfgrass Research
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The Midwest Golf House complex contains a greenhouse, research lab, research plots and experimental greens as well as the Sunshine Course - all used by the CDGA Turgrass Program.

With pest diagnostics/consulting, turfgrass research and educational programs, the CDGA is actively involved in efforts to help superintendents maintain or improve the health of the turf on area golf courses. The Sunshine Course is one of the largest living turfgrass facilities with playing capacity in the nation. Most university test plots do not receive course play like the unique Sunshine Course does.