First Tee Greater Chicago | Waveland Capital Project

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Providing a welcoming clubhouse for kids to cultivate strong character through golf at First Tee Greater Chicago’s newly renovated youth development facility. 

First Tee Greater Chicago, an organization committed to improving youth’s lives through golf, has partnered with LJC, golf course architect 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, First Tee’s newest home at Waveland Park, adjacent to the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course, provides a welcoming space to help kids cultivate strong character through play. The newly renovated facility allows 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 broader, long-lasting impact throughout greater Chicago.

Interior Architecture

Phase I, the interior renovation of the historic park district building with an indoor kids clubhouse, lounge, simulator, and an outdoor terrace.

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Landscape Architecture

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

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First Tee Greater Chicago


Chicago, IL


1,250 SF Interiors
1,000 SF Terrace


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture