Golf News for Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Courses

Tennessee's Country Club of Bristol to be managed by KemperSports

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The Country Club of Bristol in Bristol, Tenn., announced the selected of Northbrook. Ill.-based KemperSports for management services. The 120-year-old semi-private club is the oldest in the state and includes a recently-renovated 18-hole golf course. The club, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is considered the birthplace of organized golf in the state.

KemperSports will oversee all golf and club operations with a focus on enhancing the member and guest experience at the historic club.

Established in 1894 as a private club, the golf course in its current setting was constructed in 1958 by A.G. McKay and redesigned in 1999, by the Mark McCumber design group. The Club is located 110 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tenn., along the Virginia border.

In addition to golf, the family-friendly club includes both indoor and outdoor tennis courts, outdoor sand volleyball court and basketball/multipurpose court. The Family Fitness Center, which opened in 2008, includes cardio, fitness and cross training equipment as well as an aerobics exercise room. The Clubs' junior Olympic-sized pool offers a heated zero edge pool with water slide and lazy river.

"As Country Club of Bristol prepares to celebrate its' 120th anniversary, we are excited to be working with them to take the property to the next level," said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner.

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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

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