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KemperSports Practice Facilities and Teaching Professionals Ranked Among Nation’s Best

Twelve (12) KemperSports-managed and -supported golf properties and two KemperSports staffers have been recognized with 2022 Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) Awards for their contributions to growing the game of golf.

In addition, Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest, Ill. was one of four golf facilities nationwide to receive GRAA’s “Top Range Renovation Award” for the addition of The Lawn, a new 30,000-square foot putting and chipping experience that opened in July 2022.

The KemperSports practice facilities and staffers featured on the GRAA’s lists are:

Top 50 Public Ranges (see full list)

  • Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon, Ore.)
  • Big Cedar Lodge (Ridgedale, Mo.)
  • Black Gold Golf Club (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
  • Bolingbrook Golf Club (Bolingbrook, Ill.)
  • Cantigny Golf (Wheaton, Ill.)
  • Chambers Bay (University Place, Wash.)
  • Colwood Golf Center (Portland, Ore.)
  • Deerpath Golf Course (Lake Forest, Ill.)
  • Desert Willow Golf Resort (Palm Desert, Calif.)
  • Galloping Hill Golf Course (Kenilworth, N.J.)
  • Harborside International Golf Center (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Paradise Valley Golf Course (Fairfield, Calif.)
Harborside International Golf Center
Bolingbrook Golf Club
Desert Willow Golf Resort
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Colwood Golf Center

Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals (see full list)

  • Jake Bader, Colwood Golf Center 
  • Ryan Young, Chambers Bay
Jake Bader – Director of Instruction (Colwood Golf Center)
Ryan Young – Director of Instruction (Chambers Bay)

Top Range Renovations (see full list)

  • Deerpath Golf Course
The Lawn at Deerpath Golf Course is a 30,000-square foot putting and chipping experience that will serve to introduce new players to the game while helping more experienced players perfect their short game and features an 18-hole putting course and three-hole chipping course that is surrounded by a 15-foot chipping fairway surface and synthetic practice tee stations

Every year, the GRAA honors the top 50 ranges and practice facilities that cater to the public golfer, the private facilities that serve an exclusive membership, and those that offer a stand-alone experience. Criteria for the top 50 looks at each facility’s amenities and services, technology integration, clinics and workshops, revenue and more. A separate ranking list also recognizes the top 100 teachers who have proven themselves through their dedication to growing the game throughout the year.

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