Kem­per­Sports Ex­pands Pres­ence in Pa­cific North­west

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Kem­per­sports an­nounced re­cently it has been se­lected by Pierce County, Wash­ing­ton, to man­age Lake Spanaway and Ft. Steila­coom golf cour­ses. The two cour­ses will be added to Kem­per­Sports’ growing port­fo­lio in the Pa­cific North­west that in­cludes site of the 2015 U.S. Open Cham­pi­onship, Cham­bers Bay – which is also owned by Pierce County. Lo­cated in Ta­coma, Wash., Lake Spanaway has re­mained a mu­nic­i­pal gem since open­ing in 1967. The classic Pa­cific North­west golf course is tree-lined with ma­ture Dou­glas fir trees with chal­leng­ing bunkers and large and sub­tle greens. The 7,014-yard golf course has a long his­tory as a cham­pi­onship venue, in­clud­ing the 1997 Pa­cific North­west Men’s Am­a­teur Pub­lic Links Cham­pi­onship, 1998 Pa­cific North­west Women’s Am­a­teur Pub­lic Links Cham­pi­onship, 2003 USGA Mid-am­a­teur Qual­i­fier, 2004 Wash­ing­ton State Golf As­so­ci­a­tion Men’s Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship, 2016 Puget Sound Am­a­teur (along­side Cham­bers Bay) and the 2016 Se­nior Puget Sound Am­a­teur. In ad­di­tion to the golf course, Lake Spanaway fea­tures a 3,500-sq.-ft. club­house with pro shop and full-ser­vice restau­rant and bar. Lo­cated just down the street from Cham­bers Bay in Lake­wood, Wash., Ft. Steila­coom golf course serves as a pop­u­lar begin­ner and ju­nior golf venue since open­ing in 1951. The 9-hole, par-34 golf course en­gages the lo­cal com­mu­nity with ro­bust ju­nior player de­vel­op­ment pro­gram­ming as well as Foot­golf leagues for non-golfers. “Given their track record at Cham­bers Bay, Kem­per­Sports has proven to be a trusted part­ner for Pierce County,” said county ex­ec­u­tive Bruce Dam­meier. “We look for­ward to ex­pand­ing our part­ner­ship with Kem­per­Sports and look for­ward to a bright fu­ture for our golf fa­cil­i­ties.” Kem­per­Sports will be tasked with im­ple­ment­ing proven sales and mar­ket­ing ini­tia­tives to en­gage with lo­cal golfers to en­sure that the golf cour­ses re­main a pos­i­tive hub for the com­mu­nity. Kem­per­Sports will also in­tro­duce True­Ser­vice – the com­pany’s pro­pri­etary cus­tomer ser­vice train­ing pro­gram that is built to de­liver unique guest in­ter­ac­tions through gen­uine and friendly ser­vice. “We have en­joyed a tremen­dous re­la­tion­ship with Pierce County over the last decade as we helped to build and launch Cham­bers Bay,” said Kem­per­sports CEO Steve Skin­ner. “We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing that re­la­tion­ship and ex­pand­ing our work in Pierce County to in­clude Lake Spanaway and Ft. Steila­coom.” In ad­di­tion the man­ag­ing the other two golf cour­ses in the Pierce County port­fo­lio, the county has ex­tended its agree­ment with Kem­per­sports for the con­tin­ued man­age­ment of Cham­bers Bay. Cham­bers Bay will con­tinue its cham­pi­onship legacy by host­ing the 2019 U.S. Am­a­teur Four-Ball Cham­pi­onship.

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