The Waveland Youth Facility: First Tee – Greater Chicago’s New Home

Adjacent to the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course in the Uptown/Buena Park community of central Chicago, our new kids clubhouse and short game area will enable us to provide year-round accessibility to free and low-cost programs to youth of all backgrounds.

The $2.2M project officially opened in July 2022!

Videography: Loggy Media

PGA TOUR Player Luke Donald Advised on the Design of the Short Game Area

Videography: Loggy Media

PHASE 1: 1,200 Square Foot Clubhouse and Full Swing Simulator (completed June 9, 2021)

About the Architects: Lamar Johnson Collaborative is a pioneering architecture and design practice creating exceptional outcomes for complex projects through emerging technology and integrated delivery methods.

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Photography: Charlie Mayer Photography

Phase 2: 60,000 Square Foot Short Game Area (completed July 18, 2022)

Photography: Charlie Mayer Photography

About the Golf Course Architect: Quitno Golf Designs is a Midwest-based firm dedicated to the advancement of golf course design, redevelopment and sustainability. Their team of architects is diverse in its expertise, but united by one common goal: providing simple and elegant solutions.

About the General Contractor: Skender uses their experience and collaborative spirit to create extraordinary results by applying their proprietary Lean approach to every element of construction—ensuring quality while simplifying the organization and transmission of all project information.

Key Events

Media Coverage

Thank you all of our generous donors for chipping in!

DRIVE ($100,000+):
KemperSports
The Merrill Family
Erin & Jason Pritzker
The Seder Family
Rick & Cate Waddell & Family

PITCH ($50,000-$99,999):
The Malik Family
Troon
Wadsworth Golf Charities

CHIP ($15,000-$49,999):
The Callahan Family
Elizabeth & Matthew Denison
Luke Donald
Howard & Janet Ecker
Neil & Gaillee Fitzpatrick
Pat Goss, PGA
The Jemsek Family
Lamar Johnson Collaborative
The McNamara Purcell Foundation
Old National Bank
Paul Hastings LLP
Paul & Mindy Purcell
Quitno Golf Designs
RSM US LLP
Skender Construction
Sterling Bay
The Tierney Family

PUTT ($5,000-$14,999):
The Affeldt Family
Vicki & Greg Bednar
Bettinardi Golf
The Bill Bass Foundation
James Boris & Family
Lori Brogan & Raj Gupta
The Julie & Louis Bucksbaum Family
The Cashman Family
The Castleforte Family
Robert & Sara Clary
The Cobb Family
Cubs Charities
Dashboard Wealth Advisors
Robin Blesi Doerge & Michael Marino
Katie & Tom Duffy
Embree Financial Group
EmPower HR
Tom Fitzgerald
Galdones Photography
Goldman Sachs
Kirk & Linda Graves
Green Blazers Golf League
Grotefeld Hoffmann
The Gutzwiller Family
Andrew & Laney Haake
The Happ Family
Jay & Cindy Henderson
In Memory of Bill Hines
Joel & Cynthia Hirsch
Kristen & Justin Ishbia
The Jamieson Family
Kovler Family Foundation
The Lesnik Family
The MacVicar Family
The Malkin Family
Tom & Cindy Mazzetta
Mazzetta Company
Rose Marie McKinley
Brian Meek & Reed Eberle
The Musso Family
NewClub Golf Society Members
Bill & Meredith O’Neil
The Michael J. Palumbo Family
Laura & John F. Podjasek
The Pullie Family
The Reyes Family
Todd & Sarah Simpson
Matt & Marnie Spiegel
Summit Trail Advisors
Tom Wackerlin & Lindsay Shea
The Wesley Granacki Family
Women in Restoration & Engineering

Please email Jane Seder at [email protected] for more information about the project or if you would like to schedule a tour!

Meet Taylor Lambertsen, our Waveland Youth Facility’s Director of Instruction!

Originally from Palos Park, IL, Taylor attended Tusculum University in Greeneville, TN where she was a four year letter winner on the women’s golf team. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. Upon graduation, she went on to be the Tournament Director for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, then an assistant golf professional at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in 2017. Taylor joined the team at Exmoor Country Club in 2019. There, she grew the women’s and junior programs to record numbers. Coach Taylor delivers playful and personal instruction that incorporates fun games and drills. Her unique approach to teaching has earned her U.S. Kids Top 50 Coaches Class of 2021! Taylor joined the First Tee – Greater Chicago team in March 2022.

To register for programming at Waveland, please visit our registration page.

Press Kit

Click HERE to view the press release.