Golf News for Thursday, May 24, 2012 | Resorts

Oregon's Bandon Dunes Golf Resort honored by golfing magazines

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- KemperSports, a leading golf course management company, is proud to announce that Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, located in Bandon, Ore., was recently named the No. 1 golf resort in North America by both Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Golf Digest published its list of "75 Best Golf Resorts in North America" in the November 2011 issue, while GOLF Magazine's list of "Premier Golf Resorts for 2012-2013" was revealed in its March 2012 issue.

"We congratulate owner Mike Keiser, General Manager Hank Hickox and our entire staff at Bandon Dunes for this terrific achievement. KemperSports is proud and honored to manage Bandon Dunes Golf Resort," said Josh Lesnik, president of KemperSports. "To have a hand in what makes Bandon Dunes so special is a true testament to our company's dedication to providing the best service in the industry."

Golf Digest's "75 Best Golf Resorts in North America" list was produced by surveying the Golf Digest course-rating panelists, a group of more than 1,000 avid players throughout the United States and Canada. GOLF Magazine's "Premier Golf Resorts" list was produced based on more than 7,000 public online votes via Both the panelists and public voters were asked to consider a number of resort elements including golf, lodging, food & beverage and customer service.

"It is a tremendous honor to have received this award from two of the most influential golf publications," said Hank Hickox, general manager of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and vice president of KemperSports. "This is a reflection of our genuine, helpful and friendly staff and caddies who deliver a world-class golf experience for our guests."

Managed by KemperSports since opening in 1999, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort features four 18-hole golf courses, a new 13-hole par 3 golf course, a practice center, accommodations for 186 rooms and dining facilities. All four 18-hole courses at Bandon Dunes have also recently been named to Golfweek's list of the 2012 Best Modern Courses for the second consecutive year, and continually appear in GOLF Magazine's list of the top 100 courses in the U.S. The 18-hole golf courses at Bandon Dunes include Bandon Dunes, designed by David McLay Kidd, Pacific Dunes by Tom Doak, Bandon Trails by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and Old Macdonald, designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina. The fifth course, Bandon Preserve, a 13-hole par 3 layout also designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, just recently opened on May 1.

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Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events, including nationally ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, The Glen Club, Desert Willow Golf Resort and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, visit

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