Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Employee Spotlight: John Temme

Superintendent John Temme is a West Des Moines native and graduate of Valley High School.  He began his golf career as a teenager working at Willow Creek Golf Course.  John then attended the University of Kansas where he earned a degree in History.  He followed his studies in Kansas with a degree from Iowa State University in Horticulture.  During his college years John worked at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence, Kansas and at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. 

After college John worked as assistant superintendent at Loch Lloyd Country Club in Kansas city.  John has been working at Wakonda Club since 1998.  He started as the assistant superintendent under Dave Radaj and was promoted to superintendent in 2000.

John resides in rural Cumming with his wife of 15 years Megan, sons Jack (9) and Charlie (6), and dog Norman.  John enjoys Jayhawks Basketball, attending his sons' soccer games, and bird hunting with Chris Coen -supt. Glen Oaks.  John's current project at home is to refurbish a 1930's era dairy barn.  He hopes to create a "clubhouse" for his kids.

John is most proud of developing talent among members of his grounds team.  He is also very proud of progress and renovations made at the club through the years.  John enjoys sharing his experiences and advice with other superintendents throughout the Midwest who are grappling with various course renovation projects.  John enjoys working with the Wakonda Club staff and with member committees to solve problems for our membership.