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Golf Range Association of America Recognizes KemperSports Practice Facilities and Teaching Professionals Among the Best in Golf

Ten (10) KemperSports-managed golf facilities and three KemperSports team members have been recognized with 2023 Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) Awards for their contributions to growing the game of golf.

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

Top 50 Public Ranges (see full list)

  • Black Gold Golf Club (Yorba Linda, CA)
  • Bolingbrook Golf Club (Bolingbrook, IL)
  • Cantigny Golf (Wheaton, IL)
  • Chambers Bay (University Place, WA)
  • Colwood Golf Center (Portland, OR)
  • Deerpath Golf Course (Lake Forest, IL)
  • Desert Willow Golf Resort (Palm Desert, CA)
  • Galloping Hill Golf Course (Kenilworth, NJ)
  • Harborside International Golf Club (Chicago, IL)

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

  • Jake Bader, Colwood Golf Center
  • Ryan Young, Chambers Bay

Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals Elite Member Status (see full list)

  • Jim Estes, Blue Mash Golf Course (Laytonsville, MD)

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, programming, community outreach, customer engagement and retention, technology integration, revenue and more. A separate ranking list also recognizes the top 100 teachers who have proven themselves as leaders in inspiring a love for the game in their students, as well as an additional top 100 list of teaching professionals and coaches who have distinguished themselves as the “best of the best” by being named a GRAA Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional more than five times, earning them Elite Member Status.

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