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Sand Valley Taps Michael Carbiener as General Manager


20-Year Industry Veteran Returns to the Midwest to Join Team and Oversee Operations for Sand Valley

NEKOOSA, Wisconsin, March 11, 2020 — Sand Valley, a premier golf destination developed by the Keiser family, is pleased to announce that Michael Carbiener has joined the team as general manager. In this role, Carbiener will oversee all resort operations for the growing Midwest destination.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Carbiener brings more than 20 years of experience in the golf and resort industry to his new role at Sand Valley. Most recently, he served as general manager of Secession Golf Club, a private, member-owned club in Beaufort, South Carolina, with more than 800 members and a walking only 18-hole facility. Prior to that, Carbiener served as the general manager of Oswego Lake Country Club in Portland, Oregon.

Carbiener’s career also spans 12 years with KemperSports, including four years as the assistant general manager for Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, a Dream Golf property owned by the Keiser family. During his time with KemperSports, he served as general manager of Independence Golf Club (Midlothian, Virginia) and Holly Hills Country Club (Ijamsville, Maryland) and played a role in some of the most successful property teams in the company’s portfolio. Carbiener was credited with three “Facility of the Year” awards from KemperSports across two properties in 2001, 2002 and 2010.

“Michael brings a unique background and experience to our team at Sand Valley,” said Michael Keiser, managing partner of Sand Valley. “His reputation, experience and passion for customer service make him a great fit for the position and for the memorable experience that we deliver for our guests. We look forward to working with Michael as we prepare for the 2020 golf season.”

Carbiener is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a bachelor’s degree in restaurant, hotel and institutional management.


About Sand Valley

Sand Valley sits on more than 1,700 acres of land in the tumbling prehistoric sand dunes of central Wisconsin. Developed by the Keiser family, Sand Valley delivers golf as it was meant to be where players walk and the courses play firm and fast. The golf experience features three distinct, award-winning designs that are extremely fun to play: Sand Valley, an 18-hole design by Coore & Crenshaw, Mammoth Dunes, an 18-hole design by David McLay Kidd, and The Sandbox, a 17-hole, par-3 course by Coore & Crenshaw. The resort gives guests a flavor of the region through farm-to-table culinary experiences, outdoor adventures like fat-tire biking, hiking and fishing and world-class tennis with 15 grass tennis courts on property. Sand Valley showcases massive, exposed sand dunes and views that help guests reconnect with the raw beauty and serenity of the outdoors. For more information, visit sandvalley.com.

About KemperSports

Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns, leases and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S. and Caribbean. The company manages an award-winning portfolio including nationally-ranked courses, private clubs, municipal courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF magazineStreamsong ResortThe Glen ClubDesert Willow Golf ResortChambers Bay, host of the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit https://www.kempersports.com/.

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