KemperSports Partners with Winnetka Park District to Oversee Winnetka Golf Club and Extensive Course Renovation
Renovations to include resurfaced greens, tees and fairways, bunker remodeling and improved drainage
NORTHBROOK, Ill. – KemperSports, a leading golf, sports, entertainment and hospitality company based in Chicago, has been selected by the Winnetka Park District Board of Commissioners to manage Winnetka Golf Club (Winnetka, Ill.) and oversee an extensive course renovation to the club’s public nine-hole and 18-hole courses.
The course renovation project, which already is underway, is being designed by Libertyville-based golf course architect Rick Jacobson. Renovations include releveling and resurfacing greens, tees and fairways, remodeling fairway and select greenside bunkers and overall improved drainage at both courses to better handle heavy storm events.
Construction to Winnetka’s nine-hole, par-3 course began in August, while renovations to its 6,500-yard, 18-hole course recently got underway after the course closed to the public November 1. While both courses will be closed next year and set to reopen in summer 2024, Winnetka’s clubhouse, driving range and player development programming will remain open and available throughout the entire project.
Once course work is complete, KemperSports will provide an enhanced golfer and guest experience at Winnetka Golf Club by delivering first-class customer service, premier food and beverage offerings and inclusive player development programming. In addition, Winnetka will join the company’s Frequent Fairways Chicagoland program, which provides local players with rewards for playing KemperSports public courses in and around the city.
“The Winnetka Golf Club has been a special part of the Winnetka community for more than a century, and we are proud to help Rick Jacobsen lead the restoration of such a prized local asset right here in our backyard,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “The golf course has great bones, and this renovation will take it to the next level.”
“We are extremely excited to partner with KemperSports to help the Park District successfully complete this extensive renovation and ensure a bright future at Winnetka Golf Club for the benefit of Village residents and visitors,” said Winnetka Park District Commissioner Mickey Archambault.
“As an industry leader based here in Chicago, KemperSports brings a unique combination of proven national experience paired with unrivaled local understanding and focus supported by success stories of community facilities just like Winnetka, especially across the Chicagoland area,” said Park District Executive Director John Peterson. “We look forward to working with its first-class team to make Winnetka Golf Club the thriving community asset we know it can be, and welcoming golfers of all ages and skill levels during and after the renovation.”
Winnetka marks the 12th facility in the greater Chicago area under KemperSports’ oversight, joining other community facilities such as Deerpath Golf Course (Lake Forest), Canal Shores (Evanston), Harborside International (Chicago) and The Glen Club (Glenview).
KemperSports is a leading sports, entertainment and hospitality company that delivers operational excellence in property and experience management. Headquartered in Chicago with regional offices throughout the U.S., KemperSports manages more than 140 golf courses, private clubs, sports venues, and destination resorts nationwide. It has more golf properties named among the top 100 U.S. public and resort courses as rated by GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest and Golfweek than any other management company. For more information about KemperSports, visit www.kempersports.com.
About Winnetka Golf Club
Winnetka Golf Club offers a championship 18-hole course, a par-3 nine-hole course, a driving range, practice greens and a clubhouse with pro shop and food and beverage concessions. The golf course features a quality and challenging layout with superb course conditions. Winnetka Golf Club provides a best-in-class public golf course choice for Chicago’s North Shore where players enjoy an overall satisfying time, through elevated on-course and instructional experiences, junior and adult programming, and premier customer service.
About Winnetka Park District
The Park District’s mission and vision are to provide a balance of quality recreation and leisure opportunities to build an active, vibrant community identity and a sustainable environment by promoting healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities, doing so while protecting assets, natural resources and open space to benefit present and future generations. For more information about the Winnetka Park District, visit www.winpark.org. For updates on projects, programs and events visit the Park District’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
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