About Us

Welcome to Golf Detroit!

Our Logo is our Mission.

With four facilities, we have something to offer all golfers and golfers-to-be.  Rackham Golf Course is a historic Donald-Ross Classic course conveniently located next to the Detroit Zoo. At Rouge Park Driving Range, you can both learn and perfect your game.  Chandler Park Golf Course offers a short, friendly course that is perfect for a quick round.  Rouge Park Golf Course is a challenging championship golf course offering a well-conditioned course in an aesthetic setting.

Golf Detroit is a new venture by Signet Golf Associates, out of Pinehurst, North Carolina. Signet Golf has been managing courses since its beginnings in 1995. It has a construction division that not only performs golf course renovations, but also builds new ones from the ground up. Signet’s President, Peter Dejak, is a noted agronomist who graduated top of his class at Penn State Turf Management and went on to intern at Augusta National.

Karen Peek

Director of Operations

Karen Peek is the Director of Golf Operations for Golf Detroit. In partnership with the City of Detroit Recreation Department, Karen is tasked with restoring the vibrancy and viability of the City’s golf courses.

As a native Detroiter, her life and work are deeply rooted in the community. She spent 15 years working with American Golf Corporation in Detroit as a Manager, Regional Manager and Regional Director. Under her leadership, the Great Lakes region grew from 7 to 15 courses and enjoyed record breaking growth in rounds while dramatically improving course conditions.  She is a Class A Member of the LPGA Teacher and Club Pro Division and an honoree at the 1993 Women In Golf Summit.

Karen is not only a proven leader, but also a pioneer.  Karen was the first black member of the Michigan LPGA, and the only black member of the national LPGCA T&CP Division at that time.

Karen believes operational excellence on all levels is the key to success. Course conditions, customer service and fiscal responsibility must blend together on a consistent basis.

Karen holds a BA in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jim Uelmen

PGA, General Manager

Jim T. Uelmen, a native of Ferndale, Michigan, worked his way up from an Assistant Professional in 2015 to Assistant General Manager and Director of Instruction in 2016 to General Manager in 2017. Jim started his golf career at Beechwood’s Golf Course in Southfield, MI, as an Assistant Professional spending two years working under PGA Professional Terry Ryan.

While working at Beechwood’s, Jim was hired at Oakland Community College as an Assistant Golf Coach and excelled for three years. In 2014, Jim was hired as Head Coach at Henry Ford College and is still coaching today.

One of his most proud achievements was to coach an individual to a national championship appearance while coaching at Henry Ford College.  Jim has been teaching golf at all levels for just over 8 years and has embedded himself in his home town with the goal to help grow the game and better his surroundings.

Jim graduated from Royal Oak Dondero High School, where he received Player of Year, MVP and Dream Team honors during his senior year.

He began his collegiate career at Oakland Community College (OCC) where he led his team to two national championship appearances and received NJCAA All-America honors. Jim also received a number of All-State and All-Region honors as well. He completed his collegiate career at Madonna University and helped lead the team to a NAIA national championship appearance while placing in the top three at many tournaments.