Corporate Headquarters: Northbrook, Illinois
Category: Course Management
Steven H. Lesnik – Chairman
Steven K. Skinner – Chief Executive Officer
Josh W. Lesnik – Executive Vice President
Jim Lawler – Chief Financial Officer
Jeremy Goldblatt – Chief Operating Officer
Mark Freemott – Executive VP Operations
KemperSports is one of the largest and most prolific golf management companies in the United States, operating almost 100 facilities with a mix of private and public courses.
The company manages more top 100 U.S. public and resort courses (as rated by GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest and Golfweek) than anyone else in the game, including a number of nationally ranked destinations such as Bandon Dunes (Oregon), Streamsong (Florida), and Sand Valley (Wisconsin).
In early 2023, a subsidiary of Kemper Sports Management acquired Streamsong and 7,000 acres of land on which it sits for $160 million, moving beyond the traditional operational model.
The company also manages popular public tournament venues like Chambers Bay, a municipal course outside Seattle that hosted the 2015 U.S. Open as well as the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in 2022.
“Golf is becoming a little broader,” KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner said at the 2022 re-opening of a daily fee public course in rural Pennsylvania of which the company assumed operations. “You don’t have to just be an avid golfer to enjoy the game. We’re seeing it can be just as much about families and communities. That’s great for golf because we can broaden the base.”
KemperSports was originally founded in 1978 by James Kemper Jr. and Steven H. Lesnik with the intent to create custom, innovative solutions that deliver real results.
Today, it is a leading sports, entertainment and hospitality company that delivers operational excellence in property and experience management, growing to more than 6,000 employees across 27 states.
Headquartered in Chicago with regional offices throughout the U.S., KemperSports builds, owns, leases and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S. — more than 150 in total.
KemperSports also has a sister company, KemperLesnik, which is a public relations, event marketing, sports marketing and content marketing agency that has worked with leading brands in consumer, corporate, sports and travel and tourism industries.
Being associated with a number of well-regarded and high-profile facilities across the U.S. has further enhanced KemperSports’ status among golfers.
KemperSports has become known for its affiliation with some of the most iconic golf destinations across the country including the renowned Bandon Dunes resort courses. The inclusion of Streamsong, Sand Valley and Chambers Bay enhances the profile of elite public access courses associated with the company.
Industry-wide, KemperSports is firmly among the top five management companies in the U.S. golf market in terms of the number of facilities it operates.
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