Awards


"We are fortunate to work with and support these great properties. Rankings on these lists are hard-earned and we are incredibly proud of our clients, properties and staff for their achievement."

- Josh Lesnik, President, KemperSports

Golfweek's Best 2021: Top 200 Resort Courses in the U.S.

Released: January 2021

  • 2 – Pacific Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • 4 – Old Macdonald (Bandon, Oregon)
  • 6 – Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • 8 – Sheep Ranch (Bandon, Oregon)
  • 10 – Bandon Trails (Bandon, Oregon)
  • 12 – Mammoth Dunes (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • 14 – Sand Valley (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • 15 – Streamsong Red (Streamsong, Florida)
  • 18 – Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)
  • T No. 21 – Streamsong Blue (Streamsong, Florida)
  • 33 – Ozarks National at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister, Missouri)
  • T No. 34 – Mossy Oak Golf Club (West Point, Mississippi)
  • T No. 43 – Golden Horseshoe Golf Club Gold Course (Williamsburg, VA)
  • T No. 49 – Old Waverly Golf Club (West Point, Mississippi)
  • T No. 63 – Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister, Missouri)
  • T No. 109 – Links at Perry Cabin (St. Michaels, Maryland)
  • T No. 129 – Desert Willow Golf Resort Firecliff Course (Palm Desert, California)
  • T No. 144 – The Glen Club (Glenview, Illinois)

Golfers' Choice Awards by GolfPass

Released: January 2021

  • Golfers’ Choices: Top 50 U.S. Courses
    • The Wilderness at Lake Jackson (Lake Jackson, Texas)
    • Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)
  • Golfers’ Choices: Best of State Golf Courses
    • California - Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort (Firecliff); The Links at Bodega Harbour
    • Florida - Streamsong Black; Streamsong Red
    • Illinois - Harborside International Golf Center (Port); Harborside International Golf Center (Starboard); Cantigny Golf
    • Kansas - Sand Creek Station
    • Maryland - Whiskey Creek Golf Club; Links at Perry Cabin
    • Minnesota - The Jewel Golf Club
    • Mississippi - Tunica National Golf & Tennis; Old Waverly; Mossy Oak
    • Missouri - Mountain Top Course; Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course; Top of the Rock Golf Course; Ozarks National; Shoal Creek Golf Course; Payne’s Valley
    • Nebraska - Wilderness Ridge Golf Club
    • New Jersey - Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West
    • New York - Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course
    • Oregon - Sheep Ranch; Bandon Dunes
    • Texas - The Wilderness at Lake Jackson
    • Virginia - Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Gold Course)
    • Washington - Chambers Bay
    • Wisconsin - Sand Valley; Mammoth Dunes
  • Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Most Improved Golf Courses
    • Buffalo Creek Golf Club (Rockwall, Texas)
    • Chambers Bay (University Place, Washington)
  • Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Golf Course Values in the U.S.
    • The Wilderness at Lake Jackson (Lake Jackson, Texas)
  • Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Golf Courses for Pace of Play
    • Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)
  • Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 U.S. Golf Courses for Course Conditions
    • Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)
  • Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Course Layouts
    • The Wilderness at Lake Jackson (Lake Jackson, Texas)
  • Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Golf Courses for Off-Course Amenities
    • Streamsong Resort (Streamsong, Florida)
  • Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Short Golf Courses
    • Mountain Top at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister, Missouri)
    • Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister, Missouri)

Golf Range Association of America - Best Public, Best Private, Top Teaching Professionals

Released: December 2020

  • Top 50 Public Ranges
    • Black Gold Golf Club (Yorba Linda, California)
    • Bolingbrook Golf Club (Bolingbrook, Illinois)
    • Cantigny Golf Club (Wheaton, Illinois)
    • Chambers Bay (University Place, Washington)
    • Colwood Golf Center (Portland, Oregon)
    • Desert Willow Golf Resort (Palm Desert, California)
    • Forest Creek Golf Club (Round Rock, Texas)
    • Galloping Hill Golf Course (Kenilworth, New Jersey)
    • Harborside International Golf Center (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Top 50 Private Ranges
    • The Country Club at St. Albans (St. Albans, Missouri)
  • Top Range Renovations
    • Forest Creek Golf Club (Round Rock, Texas)
  • Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals
    • Jeff Lyle, Forest Creek Golf Club (Round Rock, Texas)
    • Ryan Young, Chambers Bay Academy (University Place, Washington)

LINKS Magazine's Best You Can Play by Big Name Architects

Released: November 2020

  • Bandon Dunes, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – Bandon, Oregon, designed by David McLay Kidd
  • Bandon Trails, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – Bandon, Oregon, designed by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
  • Chambers Bay Golf Course — Tacoma, Washington, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
  • Mammoth Dunes, Sand Valley Golf Resort – Nekoosa, Wisconsin, designed by David McLay Kidd
  • Mossy Oak Golf Club – West Point, Mississippi, designed by Gil Hanse
  • Old Macdonald, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – Bandon, Oregon, designed by Tom Doak
  • Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – Bandon, Oregon, designed by Tom Doak
  • Rock Spring Golf Club – West Orange, New Jersey, designed by Seth Raynor
  • Streamsong Black, Streamsong Resort – Streamsong, Florida, designed by Gil Hanse

GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the U.S. 2020-21

Released: November 2020

  • No. 19 – Pacific Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 38 – Bandon Trails (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 44 – Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 66 – Old Macdonald (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 77 – Streamsong Red (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 80 – Sheep Ranch (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 91 – Sand Valley (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • No. 95 – Streamsong Blue (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 96 – Mammoth Dunes (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)

GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the U.S. broken down by state 2020-21

Released: November 2020

  • Florida – No. 77 – Streamsong Red; No. 95 – Streamsong Blue
  • Oregon – No. 19 – Pacific Dunes; No. 38 – Bandon Trails; No. 44 – Bandon Dunes; No. 66 – Old Macdonald; No. 80 – Sheep Ranch
  • Wisconsin – No. 91 – Sand Valley; No. 96 – Mammoth Dunes

Golfweek’s Best 2020: Top 50 Casino Courses

Released: November 2020

  • No. 38 – Sequoyah National Golf Club (Whittier, North Carolina)
  • No. 39 – Thornberry Creek at Oneida Champions Course (Oneida, Wisconsin)

Golfweek’s Best 2020: Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play

Released: August 2020

  • No. 2 – Pacific Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 4 – Old Macdonald (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 6 – Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 10 – Bandon Trails (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 13 – Mammoth Dunes (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • No. 14 – Sand Valley (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • No. 16 – Streamsong Red (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 19 – Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 23 – Streamsong Blue (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 24 – Chambers Bay (University Place, Washington)
  • No. 39 – Mossy Oak (West Point, Mississippi)
  • No. 61 – Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Williamsburg, Virginia)
  • No. 65 – Old Waverly (West Point, Mississippi)

Golfweek’s Best 2020: Top 200 Modern Courses

Released: July 2020

  • No. 2 – Pacific Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 5 – Old Macdonald (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 9 – Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 15 – Bandon Trails (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 30 – Mammoth Dunes (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • No. 32 – Sand Valley (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • No. 39 – Streamsong Red (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 45 – The Dunes Club (New Buffalo, Michigan)
  • No. 46 – Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 57 – Streamsong Blue (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 59 – Chambers Bay (University Place, Washington)
  • No. 110 – Mossy Oak (West Point, Mississippi)
  • No. 177 – Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Williamsburg, Virginia)
  • No. 187 – Old Waverly (West Point, Mississippi)

Golfweek’s Best 2020: Best Courses You Can Play by State

Released: July 2020

  • California – No. 20 – Desert Willow (Firecliff)
  • Florida – No. 2 – Streamsong Red; No. 3 – Streamsong Black; No. 4 – Streamsong Blue
  • Illinois – No. 8 – The Glen Club; No. 14 – Cantigny Golf; No. 15 – Starboard at Harborside International Golf Center
  • Kansas – No. 4 – Sand Creek Station
  • Maryland – No. 4 – Links at Perry Cabin; No. 7 – Whiskey Creek Golf Club
  • Mississippi – No. 2 – Mossy Oak Golf Club; No. 3 – Old Waverly Golf Club
  • Missouri – No. 1 – Ozarks National at Big Cedar Lodge; No. 2 – Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course at Big Cedar Lodge; No. 10 – Shoal Creek Golf Club
  • New Jersey – No. 13 – Heron Glen Golf Course; No. 15 – Galloping Hill Golf Course
  • New York – No. 15 – Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course
  • Oregon – No. 1 – Pacific Dunes; No. 2 –Old Macdonald; No. 3 – Bandon Dunes; No. 4 –Bandon Trails
  • Virginia – No. 3 – Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club
  • Washington – No. 2 – Chambers Bay
  • Wisconsin – No. 2 – Mammoth Dunes; No. 3 – Sand Valley

Golf Digest - The Best Coore and Crenshaw Golf Courses

Released: April 2020

  • No 7 – Bandon Trails (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 8 – Sand Valley (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • No. 9 – Streamsong Red (Streamsong, Florida)
  • Notable Mentions – Ozarks National at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister, Missouri) and Bandon Preserve (Bandon, Oregon)

Golf Digest Editors' Choice Awards - Best Golf Resorts in the Americas

Released: March 2020

  • Florida - Streamsong Resort
  • Mid-Atlantic – Colonial Williamsburg
  • Midwest – Sand Valley
  • Pacific Northwest – Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
  • Rockies & Great Plains – Big Cedar Lodge
  • Southeast – Old Waverly Resort

Golf Digest - The 23 Best Summertime Buddies Trip Golf Destinations

Released: February 2020

  • No. 1 – Oregon Coast – Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 5 – Sand Valley (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • No. 15 – Tampa – Streamsong Resort (Streamsong, Florida)

National Golf Course Owners Association Awards

Released: January 2020

  • South Region Course of the Year – Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)
  • Player Development Award – Wilderness Ridge Golf Club (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Golfweek’s Best 2020: Top 200 Resort Courses

Released: January 2020

  • No. 2 – Pacific Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 5 – Old Macdonald (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 6 –Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 9 – Bandon Trails (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 12 – Mammoth Dunes (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • No. 13 – Sand Valley (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
  • No. 14 – Streamsong Red (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 15 – Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 20 – Streamsong Blue (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 27 – Mossy Oak (West Point, Mississippi)
  • No. 44 – Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Williamsburg, Virginia)
  • No. 50 – Old Waverly (West Point, Mississippi)
  • No. 68 – Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister, Missouri)
  • No. 140 – Firecliff at Desert Willow Golf Resort (Palm Desert, California)

GOLF Magazine’s 2020-2021 Ranking of the Top 100 Courses in the World

Released: November 2019

  • No. 24 – Pacific Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 80 – Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 87 – Bandon Trails (Bandon, Oregon)

GOLF Magazine's Inaugural Top 100 Resorts in North America

Released: September 2019

  • Families Category
    • Big Cedar Lodge (Ridgedale, Missouri)
    • Colonial Williamsburg Resort/Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Williamsburg Virginia)
    • The Retreat, Links & Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch (Seneca, Oregon) - KemperLesnik client
  • Buddies Category
    • Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon, Oregon)
    • Sand Valley (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
    • Streamsong Resort (Streamsong, Florida)
  • Luxury Category
    • Primland Resort (Meadows of Dan, Virginia) - KemperLesnik client

Golf Digest's Best Courses in Every State

Released: June 2019

  • Florida – No. 4 – Streamsong Red; No. 7 – Streamsong Blue; No. 9 – Streamsong Black
  • Maryland – No. 10 – Whiskey Creek Golf Club
  • Missouri – No. 6 – Country Club of St. Albans (Lewis & Clark); No. 8 – Country Club of St. Albans (Tavern Creek)
  • Oregon – No. 1 – Pacific Dunes; No. 2 – Bandon Dunes; No. 3 – Old Macdonald; No. 4 – Bandon Trails
  • Virginia – No. 8 – Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Gold Course)
  • Washington – No. 2 – Chambers Bay
  • Wisconsin – No. 5 – Sand Valley; No. 6 – Mammoth Dunes

Annual National Golf Foundation (NGF) Loyalty Awards

Released: May 2019

  • More than $70 category
    • Winner – Heron Glen Golf Course – Ringoes, New Jersey
    • Top-5 overall – The Jewel Golf Club – Lake City, Minnesota
    • Top-5 overall – Golden Horseshoe Golf Club – Williamsburg, Virginia
    • Top-5 overall – Desert Willow Golf Resort – Palm Desert, California
    • Top-5 overall – Butterfield Trail Golf Club – El Paso, Texas
  • Less than $70 category
    • Winner – Sand Creek Station Golf Club – Newton, Kansas
    • Top-5 overall – Skyway Golf Course – Jersey City, New Jersey

Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest Public Courses

Released: May 2019

  • No. 2 – Pacific Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 7 – Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 10 – Bandon Trails (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 12 – Old Macdonald (Bandon, Oregon)
  • No. 18 – Sand Valley (Rome, Wisconsin)
  • No. 19 – Streamsong Red (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 21 – Chambers Bay – (University Place, Washington)
  • No. 24 – Streamsong Blue (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 27 – Mammoth Dunes – (Rome, Wisconsin)
  • No. 32 – Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)
  • No. 67 c Golden Horseshoe – Gold Course (Williamsburg, Virginia)