LJC and its consultants are collaborating on First Tee’s first Chicago home which will include an indoor kids clubhouse and outdoor chip and putt practice facility, providing a welcoming space to help kids cultivate strong character through play.

First Tee Greater Chicago, an organization committed to improving youth’s lives through golf, is working with the partnership of LJC, Lohmann Quitno, PGA Tour Player Luke Donald, and Northwestern’s Pat Goss to bring its Waveland Capital Project to life.

Based on the belief that every kid deserves a safe place to play and learn, this project will be First Tee’s first Chicago home at Waveland Park, adjacent to the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course, to provide a welcoming space to help kids cultivate strong character through play. We see golf as more than just a game, but a vehicle to play with intent. The facility will allow First Tee to expand to full-day programming and reach hundreds of more kids through mentoring, tutoring, physical education, and character education. Designed in collaboration with PGA Tour player, Luke Donald, the Waveland Capital Project sets First Tee up for a deeper, long-lasting impact throughout greater Chicago.

Phase 1 of the project will be the interior renovation of the space, which will include an indoor kids clubhouse, and an outdoor terrace.

Phase 2, led by Lohmann Quitno, will be an outdoor practice area, including a 9,000 SF central putting green that’s the centerpiece of the facility with learning stations for chipping, pitching, and bunker practice. Other areas include a chipping apron, learning bunker, 1,600 SF of real turf, sandpit, cages for full-swing practice, learning hill, a 6,300 SF public green, staging area, rain garden, as well as an indoor lounge and simulator.