Jan Bel Jan comes from a Pittsburgh, Pa., golf family. Her father, George Bel Jan, was a golf pro/superintendent, and three of his five “in the golf business” brothers were peer-respected PGA professionals. From them, she learned the game and business of golf.
Bel 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 20 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 and economics of golf courses.
Bel Jan was elected into the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) in 1990. She represents the ASGCA as a board member of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf. She maintains her own golf course design firm and is an adjunct professor at Hodges University in Naples, Fla. In December 2000 and February 2005, she was noted in Sports Illustrated Plus lists of the “Top Ten Most Influential Women in the Game of Golf.”