After learning golf course maintenance via his farming background, in 1934, Mendenhall served as superintendent of Mission Hills Country Club in the K.C. area. Revitalizing its natural beauty taken away by the Great Depression, “Chet” went on to design eight courses in Missouri and Kansas including Goodland Golf Club and Warrensburg Country Club. In 1948, he served as the President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America after a six-year stint on its Board of Directors. Known as the “dean” of golf course superintendents, Mendenhall won the 1990 USGA Green Section Award. Now a charter member of the GCSAA, the organization maintains a scholarship fund in the name of Chester Mendenhall.
Chester “Chet” Mendenhall
Golf Course Superintendent