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KemperSports to Manage Full Resort Operations at Dismal River Club

One-of-a-kind private destination resort features two award-winning golf courses, 80 lodging rooms, adventurous outdoor excursions and a variety of dining options

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – KemperSports, a leading golf, sports, entertainment and hospitality company, has been selected by Joel Jacobs and 93 Capital Group to manage full resort operations at Dismal River Club in Mullen, Nebraska. Leveraging its vast experience in managing and marketing some of the country’s top private clubs and destination resorts, KemperSports will focus on strengthening Dismal River’s reputation as one of the Midwest’s most premier private destination clubs while enhancing the member and guest experience through a continued commitment to delivering unrivaled service and unique offerings.

“Dismal River is an incredibly special destination in the Sandhills,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “The two courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak are very highly regarded and the club amenities are first class. We are excited to work with Joel Jacobs to carry out his vision and elevate the member and guest experience.”

Nestled among the Sandhills of western Nebraska, Dismal River has attracted fervent golfers from all over the world since the opening of its Jack Nicklaus-designed White Course in 2006. The complementary Tom Doak layout (Red Course) opened to critical acclaim in 2013. In 2017, proud Mullen native Joel Jacobs took the helm of the club and expanded its offerings to include 80 rooms, 17 guided hunting and fishing experiences, an array of outdoor excursions such as horseback riding, kayaking and mountain biking, rustic-inspired lodging amenities and several different dining options.

“We are very excited to be working with KemperSports as we continue to develop the property and work towards improving the overall member experience,” said Dismal River Club CEO and Owner Joel Jacobs. “The high-level customer service programming they have built from decades of experience will be a great resource for our club’s unique remote location.”

In addition to the 80 rooms currently on property, Dismal River will be adding 20 more to open later this year, which will be situated in four-bedroom luxury cabins.

To learn more about Dismal River, visit

About KemperSports

KemperSports is a leading sports, entertainment and hospitality company that delivers operational excellence in property and experience management. Headquartered in Chicago with regional offices throughout the U.S., KemperSports manages more than 150 golf courses, private clubs, sports venues, and destination resorts nationwide. It has more golf properties named among the top 100 U.S. public and resort courses as rated by GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest and Golfweek than any other management company. For more information about KemperSports, visit

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About Dismal River Club

Since opening in 2006, Dismal River Club has attracted fervent golfers from across the country and around the globe to the Sandhills of western Nebraska. In 2017, Joel Jacobs, a proud Mullen native, took the helm of the private member club and expanded its offerings to include hunting, fishing, an array of outdoor excursions, lavish lodging amenities and five-star dining, in addition to its two world-class golf courses. The White Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, offers elevated championship tees with magnificent views in every direction and plays over 7,300 yards from the tips. The Red Course was discovered and designed by world-renowned architect Tom Doak and his team at Renaissance Golf Design. The 18th hole delivers breathtaking vistas of the clubhouse, cabins and 400-foot sand dunes overlooking the river itself. To learn more about Dismal River, visit


Media Contacts:

Gehrig Parker, KemperSports | 847-977-3400

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