Illinois-based management company makes offseason moves
By Don Shell and press reports
Mammoth Midwest management company KemperSports has had a busy offseason, to say the least. The Northbrook, Ill.-based golf gurus, which manage the likes of Chicago’s Glen Club and even Oregon’s beautiful Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, have hit the headlines quite a bit recently. Let’s check in with them, shall we?
KemperSports Selected To Manage
Fox Lake Country Club In Illinois
KemperSports announced it has been selected by the Petrungaro family to manage Fox Lake Country Club, a public course located in Fox Lake, Ill. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Fox River Chain of Lakes, Fox Lake Country Club has been ranked in the top 50 courses in Illinois.
“We are pleased to add Fox Lake Country Club to our golf course management portfolio,” said Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports. “Fox Lake is a popular course for residents of the northern Chicago suburbs and southern Wisconsin, and is best-known for its challenging layout. We look forward to working with the Petrungaro family to enhance the golfers’ experience at Fox Lake.”
Built in 1925, Fox Lake Country Club was originally designed by Harry Hall King and opened as a private club. The course was later redesigned in 1973 by the prolific Chicago-based golf course architects Ken Killian and Dick Nugent, the team best known for its design of Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill. Fox Lake Country Club features an 18-hole parkland-style golf course that stretches 6,400 yards and offers a par 72 layout with bent grass greens and tree-lined bluegrass fairways.
The property’s golf shop is currently being renovated. This renovation will improve the golf check-in process, improve the offerings for customers and expand the food and beverage service.
Fox Lake Country Club represents KemperSports’ 11th managed property in the state of Illinois. For more information about Fox Lake Country Club, visit http://foxlakecc.net.
Doug Hellman and Dave Goltz
Hellman joined KemperSports in 2005, and has built a reputation for developing KemperSports’ reach. In 2011, Hellman was responsible for the addition of several new facilities to the KemperSports portfolio, including Ramblewood Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa. and Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans in Gretna, La. As senior vice president, Hellman will continue to play a lead role in new business strategy and growth. Hellman holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut, Storrs and graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dave Goltz joined KemperSports in 2011 and in his short time with the company has proved to be a valuable asset by consulting on legal and business affairs. In this new position, Goltz will oversee KemperSports’ human resource department to enhance the company’s staff development and training programs, while continuing to provide legal counsel. Goltz is an Evans Scholar alumnus and received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Michigan, and earned his law degree from Detroit’s Wayne State University.
Take Gold for Being Green
KemperSports proudly announces that three of its managed properties have been recognized by LINKS Magazine and named to the list of 10 Most Eco-Friendly Courses in the U.S., as published in the Winter 2012 issue. This list of golf courses features Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., No. 2, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., No. 8, and Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, Fla., No. 9.
“We are incredibly proud of this recognition from LINKS Magazine,” said Steve Skinner, chief executive officer of KemperSports. “As a company, we strive to operate all of our properties in an environmentally sensitive manner and enhance the communities in which we operate.”
In 2009, KemperSports launched a company-wide environmental initiative called Green to a Tee™ in order to expand and formalize the company’s practices in environmentally sound property management. This program was built on the company’s 30-year history of environmental responsibility. Green to a Tee encompasses positive environmental practices within several core areas of facility operations including golf course maintenance, habitat management, water conservation, energy usage, green vendor utilization, recycling and staff education and training.
For more information on KemperSports and a complete list of its managed properties, visit www.kempersports.com