Who We Are

Tom Rodems

Managing Member
800 Hartwell Drive | Savoy, IL 61874
Phone: (217) 202-2769  
Email:  tom@rodemsgolf.com

 

Tom has been involved in golf operations since 1966. Tom’s career began at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club, a semi-private club operating on a military base in Rock Island, Illinois, where he first nurtured his love of golf by cleaning clubs and shining shoes.  While attending Western Illinois University in pursuit of an accounting degree, Tom gave in to his desire to be on the golf course and headed to the acclaimed Turfgrass Science Management Program at Penn State University.  After graduating from Penn State in 1974 with High Honors, Tom chose to work in the golf mecca of Chicago. He served as Assistant Superintendent at Ravinia Greens Country Club, a private club in Riverwoods, Illinois and later as Assistant Superintendent at Twin Orchard Country Club, an exclusive 36-hole facility in Long Grove, northwest of Chicago. In 1977 Tom was awarded the Golf Course Superintendent position at Kankakee Country Club, south of Chicago. For 11 years Kankakee Country Club was known for its pristine conditions and its continued improvements under Tom’s direction. His years at Kankakee were highlighted by a complete renovation of fairways from Poa annua to bentgrass in 1982. Tom was twice appointed general manager of the Club and directed the entire operation of the Club’s facilities.  In 1988 Tom was selected as the Golf Course Superintendent at Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago, a past site for the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Western Open. Under his direction and care, this exclusive 36-hole private club maintained its position as one of Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Golf Clubs” in the country. During his tenure at Olympia Fields, Tom was instrumental in hiring the architects to renovate the North Course in order to secure a U.S.G.A. event. As a result, Olympia Fields hosted the 1997 U.S. Senior Open as well as the 2003 U.S. Men’s Open.  In 1990 Tom accepted the position of Golf Course Superintendent at Meridian Hills Country Club, one of the finest country clubs in Indiana. Throughout his five years at Meridian Hills, Tom initiated an extensive renovation of the golf course and supervised the installation of a state-of-the-art irrigation system. Tom and a group of investors formed HG Golf Properties, LLC in 1997 and in 2011 he helped form Green Golf Partners, LLC. Tom sold his ownership in Green Golf in 2016 and has teamed up with his son Tony to build another fine management company by the obvious name of Rodems Golf Management. His extensive experience and a unique understanding of golf course operations will help Rodems Golf attain a level of quality that will allow a strong and steady growth.  Tom’s background as a superintendent and experience leading the previous management company ensures that Rodems Golf Management, LLC’s first priority and main objective are focused on producing a quality experience for every customer, employee and member alike. Throughout all of this, Tom has had an amazing partner in Pam, his wife of 43 years. He’s also been blessed to work with all 3 of his children in this great business and now he’s hoping to see some of his 8 wonderful grandchildren carry on the torch.
Alleman High School Graduate
Penn State University Graduate

Tony Rodems

Managing Member
800 Hartwell Drive | Savoy, IL 61874
Phone: (217) 891-6028  
Email:  tony@rodemsgolf.com

 

Tony has been around golf his entire life and loves every part of the business.  After graduating from Indiana University in 2001, Tony accepted a job in Chicago working for a Fortune 500 company.  After just one year in Chicago, Tony had an opportunity to jump back into the golf business and took it!  
In 2011, Tony and Tom, along with two other partners purchased H.G. Golf Properties from their investors and started Green Golf Partners. After almost 5 years with Green Golf Partners, the next step for them was to start their own golf course management company. So, in April of 2016, they sold their shares with Green Golf Partners and started Rodems Golf Management.
Rodems Golf Management is based in Champaign County, Illinois (Home of the Fighting Illini) and is a family owned and operated business.  With almost 80 years of golf course experience between the two, they hope to assist golf courses so they can thrive in the future while providing their customers with unforgettable experiences on the golf course. Tony and Tom are both very excited to roll up their sleeves and see what adventure comes next!
Carmel High School Graduate
Indiana University Graduate

Bethany Swartz

Social Media Marketing & Brand Communications
800 Hartwell Drive | Savoy, IL 61874  
Email:  bethany@rodemsgolf.com

 

 

Bethany has been working for golf clubs since 2015 when she worked as a server for the Country Club of Decatur.  From there, she moved through the ranks and began working as an Event Manager for South Side Country Club, another private club in Decatur, IL.
She moved out to Springfield, which eventually brought her to work as the Event Manager for one of RGM’s courses, Piper Glen Golf Club in Springfield, IL. While event management isn’t quite her thing anymore, she has always been drawn to working with social media marketing, management, and communications for various companies and organizations. Bethany has never been a golfer herself (but she’s working on changing that!), she’s always loved the atmosphere of the golf clubs that she has worked at and is thrilled to be a part of the RGM team.  
Bethany graduated from Millikin University with a degree in music business in 2015. She primarily plays the flute and also dabbles in the oboe and ukulele. Currently, she is pursuing graduate studies at the University of Illinois Springfield and hopes to complete her masters degree by 2022. In her free time, she enjoys yoga (and is working towards her yoga teacher certification), reading, thrifting, and spending time with her fiance, Tyler, and their cat, Oliver.
Kaneland High School Graduate
Millikin University Graduate