"I'm very proud of Glen Erin. It has a simple beauty to it that resonates beyond golf-specific issues. This is a project that illustrates my commitment to fun, enjoyable golf for a reasonable expense."
— Greg Martin, golf course architect
Greg Martin — a golfer’s course designer — gave us an Irish dream in Glen Erin.
Every step of every round is like walking in golf history, thanks to designer by Greg Martin.
With more than 25 years’ experience in golf course architecture, Mr. Martin has worked on a wide range of projects, including renovation, remodeling and new construction for public, private, daily-fee and residential golf course communities, along with golf facility feasibility, site analysis, land planning and master improvement planning. This experience spans more than 100 projects in eight states and internationally.
“The golf industry has witnessed remarkable growth and transformation, but little has changed in the game itself. Golf is about golfers and the wondrous places we play – the simple interaction of man and nature with friends, family or competitors. Our goal is to make that interaction remarkable.”
— Greg Martin
Since 1987, Greg has devoted himself to golf course architecture, promoting a style based on the unique environmental qualities of each site, as well as the client specific needs.
“It is always my intention to use 18 holes as a tour of a property, using golf to explore the landscape that may otherwise be unnoticed or undiscovered.
Ultimately, golf shouldn’t be hard, but it should be challenging, engaging and beautiful.”
Greg has traveled to Ireland and Scotland, studying and playing many of the most revered and distinguished golf links. These courses, including Ballybunion, Old and New, The Old Course at St. Andrews, Prestwick, Western Gailes, and Turnberry were inspirational and contribute greatly to Greg’s understanding of golf’s history, origin and design philosophy.
Martin Design Partnership, Ltd. was founded in 1991 with a commitment to providing the highest level of Golf Course and Landscape Architectural service. MDP's "process oriented" philosophy allows the client opportunity for substantial input throughout the design process. Martin Design promotes a multi-disciplinary and site-specific design approach.
Greg Martin, ASGCA ASLA RLA, is President of Martin Design Partnership, Ltd. is a graduate of Iowa State University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA – 1983). Prior to forming Martin Design Partnership, Ltd. (MDP) in 1991, Greg assisted prominent Chicago area planning and golf course architectural firms.
The vision of Glen Erin and the commitment to its development began with Dave Nadler and Karen Baumgartner of Nadler Golf Sales in Aurora, Illinois.
The development of Glen Erin Golf Club originated with the partnership of Dave Nader and Karen Baumgartner of Nadler Golf Sales, one of the largest Club Car golf car distributors in the country. Through their vision and commitment to excellence, Glen Erin was founded in 2003. Thanks to Dave and Karen, Glen Erin became what it is today!
Who better to build an Irish course in Janesville than an Irish contractor from Janesville?
In 1884 Patrick W. Ryan began an earth moving company specializing in railroad construction. In the 1960s, Ryan Incorporated Central began working in golf course construction. Today, Ryan's Superintendents, shapers, irrigation and finish crews are among the best in the industry. Ryan Incorporated Central's clients range from small remodeling projects to full construction of new 18-hole courses, as well as practice and learning centers. Their clients are some of the most respected names in the golf course industry.