Golf News for Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | Courses

Jemsek family returns as new owner of Summer Grove Golf Club near Atlanta

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Jemsek Golf, the family company that originally designed, built and opened Summer Grove Golf Club here in 1999, has re-acquired ownership of the 18-hole facility and opened it to public and new member play for the first time in seven years.

Jemsek Golf owned and operated Summer Grove for seven years before selling it to Canongate Golf Clubs in 2006. The ownership transferred to Jemsek Golf effective Friday, February 15, 2013. Canongate previously ran SummerGrove as a private club.

Jemsek Golf president, Katherine Jemsek, will direct operations for the family-owned and managed business and has retained Affiniti Golf Partners to provide a range of services to help promote and market the facility to local and regional golfers.

Said Jemsek, "Jemsek Golf is pleased to be back in the Atlanta area and especially back at Summer Grove. It is a challenging layout for golfers of all abilities. Our practice facility is one of the best in the area with grass tees on both ends of the range, a great short game area and a 3-hole, par 3. We look forward to promoting the game with introduction to golf programs."

Summer Grove, designed by Joe Jemsek and Jeff Burton, was named Best New Public Golf Course by Golf Digest in 2000. The 18-hole, par 72, championship layout, which stretches to 6,954 yards from the back tees, offers five sets of tees to make the course challenging and enjoyable.

Summer Grove Golf Club is the centerpiece of SummerGrove, a 1,400-acre gated community just off I-85 in Newnan, Ga. Amenities at SummerGrove include a private 100-acre lake, three swimming pools, tennis courts, parks, playgrounds and miles of pedestrian paths.

"We're equally excited to re-engage with residents of the SummerGrove community, many of whom participated in our grand opening back in '99," added Jemsek. "The club is already busy planning fun events, golf activities and special holiday plans to foster a fellowship between the club and the families who live at SummerGrove."

Based in the Chicago suburb of Lemont, Ill., Jemsek Golf ( owns and operates some of the most high profile public golf courses in the country. Jemsek's Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont is a 72-hole facility and home of the nationally ranked Dubsdread course. Cog Hill was the site of the PGA Tour's Western Open (1991 - 2006) and the BMW Championship (2007, 2009-2011) along with three national USGA Championships.

Affiniti Golf Partners is an Atlanta-based golf management company, whose partners and principals have broad experience building, owning, and operating 70-plus clubs across the United States. Affiniti's current portfolio of 24 courses around the country includes 11 Atlanta-area facilities.

Affiniti brings expertise to all aspects of golf and country club community functions, including golf operations, merchandising, marketing, membership sales, food and beverage, construction, maintenance, finance and administration.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to use our decades of experience in the Atlanta golf market and the benefit of Affiniti's 60,000+ local database of customers to help relaunch Summer Grove as a marvelous golf facility now open to the public," according to Affiniti founding partner, Whitney Crouse.

For tee time and membership information contact Summer Grove Golf Club at 770-251-1800, or visit online at

About Jemsek Golf
Jemsek Golf owns and operates Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill., a 72-hole facility and home of award-winning Dubsdread. Cog Hill was the site the PGA Tour's Western Open (1991 - 2006) and the BMW Championship (2007, 2009-2011) along with three national USGA Championships. Jemsek Golf also owns a 36-hole facility, St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in West Chicago, Ill. and leases Pine Meadow Golf Course in Mundelein, Ill, which is 18 holes. Jemsek Golf has been recognized nationally for its leadership role in daily-fee golf by the National Golf Foundation and the PGA of America. The Frank Jemsek and his late father, Joe are members of the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame which recognizes individuals that have significantly contributed to rich history and tradition of the game.

For Further Information:
Jackie Beck
Jemsek Golf

Kaitlin Looby, Marketing Manager
Affiniti Golf Partners