Golf News for Friday, February 8, 2013 | Business

KemperSports to manage Chicago's Harborside International Golf Center

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- KemperSports, the most trusted name in golf, announced it has been selected by the Illinois International Port District to provide golf course management, marketing and agronomy services for Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Chicago, Harborside features two award-winning 18-hole golf courses (Port and Starboard), and a 24,000 square-foot clubhouse that includes a Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant, Pier 37. The Starboard course has been named to Golfweek's Top 50 "Best Municipal Courses" in the U.S. list for 2011-2012 and both courses are ranked in the publication's "Best Courses You Can Play" in Illinois.

"KemperSports has extensive experience in managing and promoting a number of the top public and private golf courses in the Chicagoland area, and its management team shares our vision for providing exceptional service and top course conditioning for all guests," said Michael Forde, chairman of the Illinois International Port District.

KemperSports will introduce a number of new marketing programs, tournaments and special events in 2013 to build on the facility's success and make Harborside a frequent destination for Chicago golfers. KemperSports also plans to expand player development and teaching programs at the facility as Harborside features one of the best driving range facilities in the U.S., an expansive 57-acre practice facility with bent grass tees, target greens and multiple short game areas.

"With two great golf courses located just minutes from the Chicago Loop, Harborside is a premier golf facility," said Steve Skinner, chief executive officer of KemperSports. "We plan to introduce a variety of new programming at Harborside to cater to the residents of Chicago and surrounding areas. We look forward to elevating the service, playing conditions and guest experience at the property to make Harborside a must-play for Chicago golfers and visitors to the city."

Harborside International Golf Center was designed by well-known Chicago-based golf course architect Dick Nugent. The development has been recognized for its positive environmental transformation as Nugent converted 500-acres of a former landfill into two, highly-regarded links style layouts.

Harborside's Port course, a par-72 layout measuring 7,164 yards from the tournament tees, played host to SBC Senior Open in 2002, an annual event on The Champions Tour schedule from 1989-2002. The Starboard course is also a par-72 course and reaches 7,166 yards from the tournament tees. The facility hosts a number of amateur tournaments each season and this year, Harborside will welcome the Chicago Golfweek Amateur Tour as it hosts The Chicago Classic in August, the tour's second major of the season.

For more information about Harborside International Golf Center, please visit http://www.harborsideinternational.com/.

About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. The company's award-winning portfolio includes nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; Harbor Shores, site of the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid; and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit http://www.kempersports.com.

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Megan Godfrey
KemperLesnik
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