A new exhibit at the USGA Golf Museum in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, “Breaking New Ground: Women In Golf Course Architecture” features EWGA member Jan Bel Jan. Two of the most prominent female architects are American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Past President Alice Dye and ASGCA Treasurer Jan Bel Jan, who are prominently featured in the exhibit that opens July 12 and runs through the end of 2018.
While golf courses have traditionally been designed by men for male golfers, Dye and Bel Jan have influenced golf course design by making more equitable and enjoyable experiences for all.
Jan began her design career with Tom Fazio with whom she held a senior position in golf course design, construction and project management for more than twenty years. Her experience as a registered Landscape Architect, Certified Arborist and former assistant superintendent, provide her with a unique outlook on the playability, strategy, ecology, economics and aesthetics of golf courses.
Jan formed her golf course design firm in 2009 and is a managing partner in the National Women’s Golf Alliance. Jan has presented customized programs to PGA of America, CMAA and GCSAA members. Topics include “Setting Up Golf Courses for Success,” how to retain and engage more women in golf, inclusion of people with disabilities in golf and environmental sustainability.
LINKSMagazine named Jan as one of “The Top 10 Female Golf Course Architects” in March 2015. In January 2014, she was presented with the Women In the Golf Industry’s President’s Award and American Society of Golf Course Architects’“Design Excellence” Award. Sports Illustrated Plus listed Jan among the “Top Ten Most Influential Women in the Game of Golf" in December 2000 and February 2005.
Congratulations, Jan Bel Jan, from your EWGA family!