KemperSports is at the Forefront of Changing Private Club Dynamics

The last several years have brought dramatic changes to the private club industry, and KemperSports has remained at the forefront of the business – owning and managing some of the best private clubs in the country.  KemperSports has a proven track record of yielding results for its private club clients, in all aspects of private club operations, including: new membership sales and marketing; club programming and customer service to ensure member satisfaction; expense management; and outside revenue generation.  In recognition of its outstanding work on behalf of its private club facilities, KemperSports has been named Boardroom Magazine’s “Club Management Company of the Year” three out of the last four years.

New members are the lifeblood of today’s private clubs, and KemperSports has proven adept at recognizing and meeting the changing demands of today’s private club member.  KemperSports’ strategy for membership growth begins with exceeding the expectations of  current members and their families, as we know that membership referrals are the clearest path to growth.  Additionally, KemperSport’s experience in brand-building, marketing, and sales strategically targets and acquires right new members who will take advantage of club offerings and add value to the overall membership.

In addition to helping meet the specific needs of every private club in its portfolio, KemperSports also developed KemperCollection, the foundation for the company’s innovative approach to private club management and marketing.  KemperCollection is a network of private clubs in the KemperSports portfolio and adds value for all members by providing the exclusive privilege of playing at other KemperCollection clubs for a special reciprocal rate and offering exclusive opportunities at KemperSports’ destination resorts.

Among its work in developing successful private clubs, Hawthorn Woods in suburban Chicago stands out as a great success story for the company.  Hawthorn Woods came to be through a partnership between KemperSports and  luxury home and residential community developer Toll Brothers.  Toll Brothers was developing a community of 600 luxury homes in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and sought to create an upscale private club as the centerpiece of the development.  Given the company’s successful track record of developing private clubs and its deep roots in Chicagoland, KemperSports was the ideal partner for such a project.

With the initial goal of driving real estate sales, KemperSports immediately focused on creating a modern private club experience that would serve as the center of the community, connecting families throughout the development and serving as the vibrant hub of the development.  After diligently researching  market and customer needs, KemperSports identified that prospective members were looking for more than just great golf, they wanted a club where they would be able to connect in a new way with their neighbors, build lifelong relationships, raise kids together, and enjoy themselves through social activities and sports.

With this target market in mind, KemperSports built Hawthorn Woods with a specific target of providing  “More for Today’s Active Families,” which includes a multi-use clubhouse with casual and formal spaces, a Junior Olympic sized swimming pool with a vibrant social atmosphere, state of the art tennis courts and paddle tennis facilities, and a fitness center to rival any gym membership. As the centerpiece to the whole experience, KemperSports collaborated with Arnold Palmer Designs to build a best in class championship golf course that is now renowned throughout the area.   In addition to the infrastructure, KemperSports created a plan to deliver comprehensive programming for the entire family, which includes a full calendar of adult and family social events.

Today, over 10 years since its inception, Hawthorn Woods is a thriving club that serves as a community hub and a social outlet for active families. Member satisfaction as the club has never been higher and members are particularly pleased with the club’s diverse programming, events, camaraderie, and multitude of activities.  The golf course has matured nicely as well, with some of the best greens in the area and a course that has hosted several Illinois Open Championships, the most prestigious event on the Illinois PGA calendar.

Hawthorn Woods is but one example of KemperSports implementing its operational expertise and brand-building vision to stimulate private club success.  Other notable private clubs in the KemperSports portfolio include:

  • The Glen Club, in Glenview, IL
  • Royal Melbourne Country Club, in Long Grove, IL
  • Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel, CA
  • San Jose Country Club in San Jose, CA
  • Greeley Country Club in Greeley, CO
  • The Club at Grandezza in Estero, FL
  • The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, MO
  • The Governors Club in Brentwood, TN


KemperSports utilizes its management expertise and distinct vision to drive results at each private club under management.  Understanding the complexity of the modern private club market is just the beginning, in order to truly drive success – KemperSports takes a customized approach to each individual facility, understanding the unique market and the value proposition to current and prospective members.  This approach enables KemperSports to confidently drive results across the ever-evolving private club landscape.

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