Steve Skinner from KemperSports

Our guest this episode on The Chicago Golf Report podcast is Steve Skinner, the Chief Executive Officer of KemperSports. With a dozen facilities in the Chicagoland area, KemperSports’ team is made up of more than 6,000 staffers across 26 states. The company powers over 140 golf courses, private clubs, sports venues and destination resorts nationwide, including more top 100 U.S. public and resort courses as rated by GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest and Golfweek than any other management company.

In this conversation with Steve we discuss:

  • What the future holds for Winnetka Golf Club
  • How KemperSports manages over 140 golf courses
  • The secret to making Deerpath Golf Course a popular destination for golfers and even non-golfers
  • What he learned from managing golf courses and facilities during the pandemic
  • Why Harborside International has become a leading facility in the City of Chicago for outings and events
  • How the Western Golf Association and Illinois PGA are becoming involved in the future of Canal Shores
  • What younger golfers value most when playing golf
  • How The Lido, C.B. Macdonald’s long lost gem, will be restored in the sand dunes of central Wisconsin at Sand Valley
  • Why Bandon Dunes’ popularity surprised even its development team
  • How he transitioned from working as a lawyer into the golf business
  • What it was like to be a part of board meetings with Michael Jordan



Walter Lis

Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report. Launched in 2010, Chicago Golf Report is the most visited website on Chicago golf and is one of the top ten most popular local golf websites in the country. We are a digital-only news and information resource covering everything golf in Chicago and its suburbs, providing the latest news about local golf facilities, golf events, golf instruction and even golf business.

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