Des Moines Golf and Country ClubHistory of Grounds and Greenkeepers
DMGCC Locations, Dates,      Descriptions, and Architects Potential Members met on September 28,  1897 at the sporting go...
The owner of that property was      Jefferson S. Polk
DMGCC, Location #1 The club was located at the intersection of  Ingersoll Avenue and Polk Boulevard. The first club was ...
Founders Photo Left to right, front row: club pro and manager,  W.O. Finkbine, Dr. George Glick, W.D. Skinner,  J.B. Weav...
DMGCC 1st and 2nd Locations
DMGCC, Location #2 On October 2, 1903 then club president  Warren Dickinson announces that the present  golf links would ...
DMGCC, Location #2 December 4, 1903, Thomas Bendelow an  employee of the Spalding Company comes to  Des Moines to design ...
Thomas Bendelow
Bendelow’s DMGCC
Waveland Golf Course and Waterbury          Area in 1956
DMGCC, Location #2Clubhouse at 49th and Harwood
DMGCC, Location #2   18th Hole
The Haskell Golf Ball
Warren Dickinson, DMGCC Past          President
DMGCC, Location #3 Planning started in 1921 to move the club once again, because    the 20 year lease was not going to be...
DMGCC, Location #3
DMGCC Location #3 1938 Aerial
DMGCC, Location #3 1956 Aerial
DMGCC, Location #3 1967 Aerial
DMGCC, Location #3 Present Day
DMGCC, Location #3,Ashworth Road   Club House taken in 1934
DMGCC, Location #3,Ashworth Road        Swimming Pool
DMGCC, Location #3,Ashworth Road   Club House Grounds 1934
DMGCC, Location #3,Ashworth Road   Golf Course looking South
DMGCC, Location #3,Ashworth Road  New Clubhouse built in 1946
DMGCC, Location #4 In 1965 the members learned that their current golf    course was in jeopardy with the construction of...
DMGCC 4th LocationBill Byers and Chuck Smith
DMGCC, Location #4 1938 Aerial
DMGCC, Location # 4 Present Day
Pete Dye, Golf Course Architect
1966 Equipment Inventory
Golf Course Architects Tim Liddy,Pete Dye with Rick Tegtmeier in 2009
DMGCC GreenkeepersA Greenkeeper in Webster’s Dictionary isdefined as: a person responsible for the careand upkeep of a gol...
DMGCC Greenkeepers, #1          John P. Westgreen John P. Westgreen was hired as the greenkeeper for  DMGCC in 1899. He i...
DMGCC Greenkeepers, #2            Joseph A. Roseman Began his career in Philadelphia. Later worked at    clubs in Lake Pl...
Joseph A. Roseman    1888-1944
Joe Roseman’s Mower
Joe Roseman’s Mower
Burke & Roseman Golf Club
Joe A. Roseman Putter
DMGCC, Greenkeeper #3        Jack Welsh 1916-1922 He is listed as the Des Moines Golf and  Country Club Golf Professional...
Jack Welsh Spoon
Jack Welsh Mashie
DMGCC, Greenkeeper #4            William Keating Worked at the Ashworth Road location from 1922 –    1957. 35 years.   B...
DMGCC, Greenkeeper #4  William Keating
Toro Roller Bill Keating purchased this piece for DMGCC  in the early 1930’s from Globe Machinery. Only one known in exi...
Toro Roller on Display
DMGCC, Greenkeeper #5       John Richard (Dick) Raher Little is known of this man. He worked from 1957 – 1964
DMGCC, Greenkeeper #6            William E. Byers Hired as a summer helper in 1957 while attending    Valley High School....
DMGCC, Greenkeeper #6  William E. Byers
DMGCC, Greenkeeper #7          Rick Tegtmeier Started in golf course maintenance in 1973. Worked as superintendent at Ro...
DMGCC, Greenkeeper #7   Rick Tegtmeier
DMGCC History,Past and PresentThank you to DMGCC Members!
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  1. 1. Des Moines Golf and Country ClubHistory of Grounds and Greenkeepers
  2. 2. DMGCC Locations, Dates, Descriptions, and Architects Potential Members met on September 28, 1897 at the sporting goods store of W.P. Chase and Company to discuss a possible golf course. Harry Polk announced that his father had 40 acres at the end of the Ingersoll car line that could be used if the “new club” agreed to pay the $150 a year for the taxes on the land.
  3. 3. The owner of that property was Jefferson S. Polk
  4. 4. DMGCC, Location #1 The club was located at the intersection of Ingersoll Avenue and Polk Boulevard. The first club was a haphazard 18 hole with no definition. It later became a 9 hole golf course under the design of Warren Dickinson. The “new” 9 holes had a “modern look” with fairways, trees, bunkers and a few traps. On August 28, 1900 the first Iowa Golf Association Championship is held on the grounds of Des Moines Golf and Country Club.
  5. 5. Founders Photo Left to right, front row: club pro and manager, W.O. Finkbine, Dr. George Glick, W.D. Skinner, J.B. Weaver, (last man; unidentified) Left to right, back row: (1st man; unidentified), J.G. Berryhill, D.W. Corley, G.F. Henry, E.E. Clark, H.S. Nolan
  6. 6. DMGCC 1st and 2nd Locations
  7. 7. DMGCC, Location #2 On October 2, 1903 then club president Warren Dickinson announces that the present golf links would be turned back over to Polk and the club had secured a 20 year lease on 98 acre site owned by the Gilchrest family. The new location would be adjacent to Waveland Golf Course on the North, 49th Street on the east, 56th street on the west and on the South a line between Woodland Ave and Waterbury Road would mark that boundary.
  8. 8. DMGCC, Location #2 December 4, 1903, Thomas Bendelow an employee of the Spalding Company comes to Des Moines to design the Des Moines Golf. Spalding just had released the new Haskell Golf Ball and the new “DMGCC” will be designed to accept the longer flying golf ball. Bendelow was known as the Johnny Appleseed of Golf Course Architects. He designed over 600 in the United States.
  9. 9. Thomas Bendelow
  10. 10. Bendelow’s DMGCC
  11. 11. Waveland Golf Course and Waterbury Area in 1956
  12. 12. DMGCC, Location #2Clubhouse at 49th and Harwood
  13. 13. DMGCC, Location #2 18th Hole
  14. 14. The Haskell Golf Ball
  15. 15. Warren Dickinson, DMGCC Past President
  16. 16. DMGCC, Location #3 Planning started in 1921 to move the club once again, because the 20 year lease was not going to be extended. Burt German Realty and 20 business men bought the land to start a housing area called “Country Club Knolls”. This is done behind closed doors and DMGCC is not given an option to buy. At this time a faction of golfers split off to build their own golf course on the south side of Des Moines called the Wakonda Club, the group was led by the Hubbells and Denmans. In 1923, a 147 acres is purchased from the Ashworth family just off of White Pole Road, later named Ashworth Road. The new DMCCC is designed and prepared by the Landscape Architect firm of Pearse, Robinson and Sprague. Warren Dickinson is also very prominent in the design of this new club and has designed many other clubs in the Midwest.
  17. 17. DMGCC, Location #3
  18. 18. DMGCC Location #3 1938 Aerial
  19. 19. DMGCC, Location #3 1956 Aerial
  20. 20. DMGCC, Location #3 1967 Aerial
  21. 21. DMGCC, Location #3 Present Day
  22. 22. DMGCC, Location #3,Ashworth Road Club House taken in 1934
  23. 23. DMGCC, Location #3,Ashworth Road Swimming Pool
  24. 24. DMGCC, Location #3,Ashworth Road Club House Grounds 1934
  25. 25. DMGCC, Location #3,Ashworth Road Golf Course looking South
  26. 26. DMGCC, Location #3,Ashworth Road New Clubhouse built in 1946
  27. 27. DMGCC, Location #4 In 1965 the members learned that their current golf course was in jeopardy with the construction of a new Interstate through Des Moines, planning was then put into place to find an alternative site. The members purchased 475 acres in West Des Moines in 1966. 55 acres of the old site was sold to the Catholic Diocese for $320,000. 80 acres of the old site was sold for a commercial plaza, residential and apartment housing for $650,00 First 18 holes of the “New” DMGCC are dedicated in the spring of 1968.
  28. 28. DMGCC 4th LocationBill Byers and Chuck Smith
  29. 29. DMGCC, Location #4 1938 Aerial
  30. 30. DMGCC, Location # 4 Present Day
  31. 31. Pete Dye, Golf Course Architect
  32. 32. 1966 Equipment Inventory
  33. 33. Golf Course Architects Tim Liddy,Pete Dye with Rick Tegtmeier in 2009
  34. 34. DMGCC GreenkeepersA Greenkeeper in Webster’s Dictionary isdefined as: a person responsible for the careand upkeep of a golf course.
  35. 35. DMGCC Greenkeepers, #1 John P. Westgreen John P. Westgreen was hired as the greenkeeper for DMGCC in 1899. He is noted as the first employee of DMGCC. He left the club in 1907. He was a local Swede who was known as a good gardener, born in 1868. He later was known to help design the Interlachen Golf Course in Minneapolis and Westborough Country Club in St. Louis. 1920 US Census shows him as a resident of St. Louis, where he resided until his death.
  36. 36. DMGCC Greenkeepers, #2 Joseph A. Roseman Began his career in Philadelphia. Later worked at clubs in Lake Placid, New York, Des Moines, Iowa, Racine, Wisconsin, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Chicago, Illinois. Worked at DMGCC from 1907-1916 as Golf Professional and Greenkeeper. He was credited as the inventor of a hitch to draw a 3 gang mower with horses to mow. He later adopted a Model T Ford to do the same thing. He was the owner and President of Roseman Mower Corporation at the time of his death.
  37. 37. Joseph A. Roseman 1888-1944
  38. 38. Joe Roseman’s Mower
  39. 39. Joe Roseman’s Mower
  40. 40. Burke & Roseman Golf Club
  41. 41. Joe A. Roseman Putter
  42. 42. DMGCC, Greenkeeper #3 Jack Welsh 1916-1922 He is listed as the Des Moines Golf and Country Club Golf Professional and Greenkeeper in January 1918 edition of Golfer’s Magazine. We do know that Welsh moved to the Wakonda Club in 1923 so the assumption is made that he was at the club from the time of Roseman’s departure to when the club split in 1923. 1st President of the Iowa Greenkeeper Assoc.
  43. 43. Jack Welsh Spoon
  44. 44. Jack Welsh Mashie
  45. 45. DMGCC, Greenkeeper #4 William Keating Worked at the Ashworth Road location from 1922 – 1957. 35 years. Bill was a farmer who farmed the land around that area, he had an interest in the golf course and he was asked to take care of the property His son John was involved in Globe Machinery who was a local Toro Distributor in Des Moines. His son in law, Norm Westfall was a DMGCC Employee and later became superintendent of the Wakonda Club. His grand daughter is Mrs. John (Patty) McGuiness, her father is Norm Westfall. Past President of IGCSA 1942-1945
  46. 46. DMGCC, Greenkeeper #4 William Keating
  47. 47. Toro Roller Bill Keating purchased this piece for DMGCC in the early 1930’s from Globe Machinery. Only one known in existence today. DMGCC donated it to the Toro Company in 2008 and it now sits on display at their company headquarters in Minneapolis.
  48. 48. Toro Roller on Display
  49. 49. DMGCC, Greenkeeper #5 John Richard (Dick) Raher Little is known of this man. He worked from 1957 – 1964
  50. 50. DMGCC, Greenkeeper #6 William E. Byers Hired as a summer helper in 1957 while attending Valley High School. He worked under Dick Raher. He attended the University of Massachusetts and majors in turfgrass management. He is hired as Golf Course Superintendent in 1964. IGCSA Past President 1969. Builds 36 hole golf course at current location and is responsible for where we are at today. Host 1999 USGA Senior Open. Retires in 2007, entire career is spent at DMGCC.
  51. 51. DMGCC, Greenkeeper #6 William E. Byers
  52. 52. DMGCC, Greenkeeper #7 Rick Tegtmeier Started in golf course maintenance in 1973. Worked as superintendent at Rockford CC, Urbandale CC, Hinsdale Golf Club and Elmcrest Country Club. Worked at DMGCC as North Course Superintendent 1983 – 1989. Did North Course Renovation in 1987. Hired as Director of Grounds November 1, 2006. Retiring Unknown ???
  53. 53. DMGCC, Greenkeeper #7 Rick Tegtmeier
  54. 54. DMGCC History,Past and PresentThank you to DMGCC Members!

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