Michael Lemanski, 1120 Crofton Ave., Highland Park, Illinois, 60035,
Originally designed by Donald Ross on 120 acres, the course was rebuilt in 1924 after the purchase of the 40 additional acres of land west of the Skokie River. Captain Charles Hugh Alison of the English firm of Colt, McKenzie and Alison redesigned the course to utilize the additional land. Though renovated at times, the Alison design has served as the foundation of the course since re-opening on July 4th 1925. In 2015, the members of Bob O’Link courageously passed the Centennial Initiative Project. This was the largest undertaking since Alison redesigned the Ross course in 1924. It can best be described as an architectural restoration that is sympathetic to the modern golfer and includes state of the art infrastructure. The project, led by famed architect, Jim Urbina included restoration of 60 original Alison bunkers, recapturing acres of lost fairway space, removal of trees that had suffocated turf, rebuilding of all greens to USGA specifications while maintaining the historic Alison shapes and contours, a new, state of the art irrigation and drainage pump system, and regrassing all playing surfaces. The course re-opened in June of 2016.
Starting in 2018, the club began a renovation of its practice facility and short game area that will be completed in summer of 2019. Also, the Bob O’Link Agronomy Department has begun looking into the potential for a new agronomy facility on property. We believe there is much to gain for people from all experience levels. Past interns have joined us with zero experience and quickly grew to vital roles in our team. Our department objective is to produce one of the top conditioned golf courses in the country and exceed our Members’ expectations.
Currently enrolled in or interested in enrolling in a Turf Management Program