Jan Beljan is an innovative golf course architect who a number of years ago began pioneering a new system to make golf more fun as well as help clubs retain more aging members. For as little as 1,000 per hole, her system can transform your golf course into a much more playable and constantly evolving experience for members. Learn about her Forward Tees concept on this episode.
You’ll also find out some background on Jan herself. She’s the incoming President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Learn what she hopes to accomplish during her tenure.
Jan Bel Jan hails from Pittsburgh, PA golf family. Her father, George BelJan, was a golf pro/superintendent; three of his five “in the golf business” brothers were peer-respected PGA professionals. From them, she learned the game and business of golf. 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.
Ms. Bel Jan was elected into the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) in 1990 and serves as Treasurer on the ASGCA Executive Committee. She represents the ASGCA as a board member of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf.
Jan formed her golf course design firm in 2009. She is a long-time contributor to the multiple disciplines of golf. Ms. Bel 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, environmental sustainability and inclusion of people with disabilities in golf. In 2013, Ms. Bel Jan was an Adjunct Professor at Hodges University, Johnson School of Business in Naples, FL. From 2012 to 2017, Jan was a founding partner in the National Women’s Golf Alliance.
Check out janbeljan.com to learn more.
We also chat with her husband, Gary Collins of Master Club Advisors. Gary discusses the continuing symposium series taking place around the country that is being co-presented with Club Benchmarking. You’ll learn some key lessons from the recent HR Symposium and get details on their upcoming events.
Visit masterclubadvisors.com to learn more.