Chicagoland Association of Golf Course Superintendents

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, February 27, 2020
    • The Bridges at Poplar Creek, Medinah Country Club
    CAGCS Shop Tour

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    The Bridges at Poplar Creek
    Medinah Country Club

    The next CAGCS Shop Tour will be on Thursday, February 27th.  The day will start at The Bridges at Poplar Creek at 9:00 a.m. Coffee and Doughnuts will be served. We'll then head to Medinah Country Club followed by lunch.

    Cost per person is $40, guests are welcome and encouraged. 

    Please RSVP your attendance (total #) to Luke Cella at 630-685-2420 or
    48-hour cancellation policy is in effect.

    • Thursday, March 12, 2020
    • Wynstone Golf Club

    36th Chicagoland Forum

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    Wynstone Golf Club
    131 North Wynstone Drive
    North Barrington, IL

    Host: Ben McGargill, CGCS
    Cost for the Day $110

    “Golf course architecture - What you should know, how it affects your job, and what members really think."  – The education committee has put together a great slate of speakers with a wide range of experience and thoughts on the topic. 

    Please plan to join us for a full day of education featuring: Jim Urbina, Bruce Hepner, Mike Kuhn, Paul Latshaw, Jon Cavalier, Peter Korbakes and Jason Way - biographies and links below.

    Agenda for the Day

    8:00 am Continental BreakfastWelcome, Introductions and Creed

    8:30 am Jim Urbina, Jim Urbina Golf Design “The Evolution of a Golf Course.  So you think your golf course is an original design?” 

    9:30 am Bruce Hepner, Hepner Golf Design

    10:45 am Morning Break

    11:00 am Mike Kuhn, Michael Kuhn & Associates, Inc

    11:45 am Lunch

    12:30 pm Paul Latshaw, Director of Grounds, Merion Golf Club, 
    "“Restoration at Merion Golf Club”

    1:45 pm Guided Roundtable Discussion featuring Jon Cavalier, Peter Korbakes, and Jason Way

    3:00 pm - Conclusion

    Speaker Background and Histories

    Jim Urbina began his education in golf design working with legendary golf course designer Pete Dye. Walking with Pete listening to what was important to him, sometimes kneeling down in the dirt with Pete so he could shape with his hands what he wanted the feature to look like. Pete Dye would look on as Jim would shape a green or sometimes even climbing on a tractor to show Jim what he wanted.  When Pete knew Jim didn’t understand a concept he would send him packing on a plane to look at a golf hole he was trying to emulate. Today, Jim is still spending considerable time looking at golf courses gathering ideas and formulating plans.

    Jim has a degree from University of Northern Colorado in Education. During his tenure with the Dye family he met Tom Doak. For the next 17 years he would design and build golf courses with Tom Doak. Jim went on to build many golf courses using in-house crews, including Apache Stronghold, Pacific Dunes, Sebonack and Old Macdonald. As a consulting architect, Jim has worked to preserve and restore golden age courses around the US including San Francisco Golf Club, Pasatiempo, Yemans Hall and Sankaty Head, and many others.

    In 2010 Jim established his own design firm Jim Urbina Golf Design where he continues to restore Golden Age Designs and has several new designs on the drawing board including a new course with Mike Keiser.  2020 is shaping up to be a busy year for Jim, he plans to restore the only Alister  Mackenzie course in Canada  along with a few Seth Raynor courses in the US. Jim currently resides in Denver Colorado.

    Bruce Hepner, owner of Hepner Golf Design, earned a Civil Engineering degree from Michigan Tech. Bruce began his career working for Forse Design in 1990 and 3 years later was hired by Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design.  As Doak’s 17 year Vice President, Bruce ran or worked on 18 new projects around the world that included Cape Kidnappers (NZ), Ballyneal,(CO), Pacific Dunes (OR), and most recently Streamsong Blue in Florida. At the same time Bruce handled the majority of Renaissance Golf’s consulting work and has carried that client list onto his new company that was formed 9 years ago. Hepner Golf Design specializes in remodeling and restorations.  His consulting clients include such Top 100 clubs as Blue Mound G&CC, Essex County Club, CC of Fairfield, Holston Hills CC, and Onwentsia G. Hepner Golf has also completed successful projects at noted clubs such as, Franklin Hills CC, Detroit GC, Cape Arundel GC, Ekwanok CC, and Timuquana CC. He recently won the 2016 Golf Digest Best Renovation Award for his work at the Piping Rock Club in NYC and was named in 2018 as one of Golf Digest’s Top 5 restoration architects. Bruce currently resides in Traverse City.

    Mike Kuhn is the owner of Michael Kuhn & Associates, Inc.  A graduate from Michigan State University in the Turf Management Program, Mike has been able to very effectively mesh his irrigation knowledge and his turf management experience to provide practical solutions to a variety of irrigation problems.  His first-hand experience with irrigation installation and repair allows him to effectively work with contractors and superintendents to help ensure that all project specifications are met.  Another important aspect is his ability to educate, not sell, superintendents and their members/owners on exactly why the project is taking place and the result they should expect from their investment.

    Mike serves as project manager and designer, with special emphasis on system hydraulics, site construction observation, staking, GPS as-built documentation, and system programming.  He is knowledgeable and proficient at programming all major manufacturers' control systems and particularly enjoys providing follow-up client assistance after the system is installed and operational.

    As the president of Michael Kuhn & Associates, Mike brings his full enthusiasm and dedication to every project.  His ownership stake in the firm also helps ensure continuity in client/consultant relationships that develop during the course of a project.                             Roundtable Discussion

    Jon Cavalier is the man behind the lens for LinksGems photography with almost 90,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram. He is a member at Stonewall Golf Club and Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.

    Peter Korbakes is a co-founder of Sugarloaf Social Club, a highly-influential create golf society, as well as Far & Sure Golf Tours. He is a member at Olympia Fields Country Club.

    Jason Way splits time between writing for his website and volunteering at Canal Shores Golf Course. He is a father of two junior golfers and a member at Kingsley Club. 

Past events

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Dog Day at Medinah
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 CAGCS Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 CAGCS October Meeting
Thursday, September 26, 2019 CAGCS September Meeting
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Chicagoland Founder's Cup
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 CAGCS June Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2019 April Breakfast Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 2019 CAGCS - 35th Annual Forum
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 CAGCS Shop Tour
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 CAGCS Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 25, 2018 CAGCS October Meeting
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 CAGCS September Meeting
Thursday, August 23, 2018 CAGCS August Meeting - Cancelled
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Chicagoland Founder's Cup
Monday, May 07, 2018 CAGCS May Meeting
Thursday, April 05, 2018 April Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 34th Annual Chicagoland Forum
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 CAGCS Shop Tour
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 CAGCS Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 18, 2017 CDGA Club Leadership Conference
Thursday, October 19, 2017 CAGCS October Meeting
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 CAGCS September Meeting
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Chicagoland Founder's Cup
Thursday, April 06, 2017 April Breakfast Meeting
Thursday, March 02, 2017 CAGCS - 33rd Annual Forum
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 CAGCS 2017 Shop Tour
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 CAGCS Annual Meeting
Thursday, September 01, 2016 CAGCS September Meeting
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Chicagoland Founder's Cup
Thursday, April 07, 2016 April Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 CAGCS - 32nd Annual Forum
Thursday, January 21, 2016 CAGCS 2016 Shop Tour
Friday, December 18, 2015 CAGCS Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 01, 2015 CAGCS October Meeting
Thursday, September 10, 2015 CDGA Turfgrass Field Day
Thursday, August 27, 2015 CAGCS August Meeting
Thursday, July 23, 2015 CAGCS July Meeting
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 Chicagoland Founder's Cup
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 CAGCS - May Meeting
Thursday, April 23, 2015 April Meeting 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015 CAGCS - 31st Annual Forum
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 CAGCS 2015 Shop Tour
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 CAGCS Annual Meeting
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 CAGCS August Meeting
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 CAGCS July Meeting
Thursday, June 26, 2014 CAGCS June Meeting
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 CAGCS - May Meeting
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 CAGCS - April Meeting
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 CAGCS - 30th Annual Forum
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 CAGCS 2014 Shop Tour
Thursday, November 07, 2013 CAGCS Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 CAGCS October Meeting
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 CAGCS Founder's Cup
Thursday, July 25, 2013 CAGCS July Meeting
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 CAGCS June Meeting
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 CAGCS May Meeting
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 CAGCS April Meeting
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 CAGCS - 29th Annual Forum
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 2013 CAGCS Shop Tour Meeting
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 December CAGCS Meeting
Thursday, November 08, 2012 CAGCS November Meeting
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 CAGCS October Meeting
Monday, August 20, 2012 Chicagoland Founder's Cup
Friday, August 10, 2012 CAGCS July Monthly Meeting - Sunshine Course, CDGA
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 CAGCS June Meeting

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