Director of Agronomy

John Jacob is the Director of Agronomy for Forewinds Hospitality as well as the Golf Course Superintendent at Deerfield in Newark, Delaware. Mr. Jacob oversees the maintenance, management, and operation of the golf course and clubhouse grounds.

Mr. Jacob is responsible for developing short and long term maintenance strategies and standards that encourage both healthy turfgrass and provide excellent daily playing conditions. These goals are achieved while improving the quality of the property through environmental stewardship.

He is a Class A member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and a member of the Eastern Shore Association of Golf Course Superintendents.

Before joining Forewinds Hospitality, Mr. Jacob held the title of Assistant Superintendent at Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club when the property was owned by MBNA. Prior to his role at Deerfield, Mr. Jacob worked at Newark Country Club, the University of Delaware, and Wilmington Country Club.

He has also volunteered to serve on the maintenance teams for 4 LPGA major championships. Two of these championships were held at DuPont Country Club in 2003 and 2004, while two others took place at Bulle Rock Golf Club in 2007 and 2008.

While with MBNA, he led Deerfield to achieve the status of Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. As a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, a golf course must qualify through a rigorous application process, proving that it both preserves and enhances wildlife habitat and protect natural resources while maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, including Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach & Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

Mr. Jacob is from Bear, Delaware and graduated from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture. He also has a Certificate in Turfgrass Management from Penn State University. He is married with a son and daughter.