KemperSports adds Diamante Country Club

The only private membership club in the central Arkansas residential community of Hot Springs Village has selected KemperSports to manage its club.

Diamante Country Club opened in 1995 and ranks as one of the top golf courses in the state, including recently being ranked by Golf Digest as the No. 3 best course in Arkansas.

“We are thrilled to partner with Kemper to manage Diamante Country Club,” said Board President Rich Van Leeuwen. “We chose KemperSports for their significant private club experience.”

High fives: 5 thoughts on the PGA show

Here we are, already into the new year.  With a strong economy and jobs' story, there is great hope that golf will find a solid place in this year of plenty.  This is a special time of year for many in this business: for the sun belt clubs, the true season has begun.  For the next three months golfers from the north will be swinging, eating, and drinking at courses in California, Arizona, and Florida.  It is the "holiday" season for these areas, as they become the oasis' of golf.  This is also a special time because the annual PGA Show is set to happen next week.  It is a grand tim

Barton Tuck turns over management of Wingfield to his son

After more than 30 years in the golf business, Barton Tuck is taking a breather.

Just days into 2018, Tuck appointed his son, Noel, as the president and chief executive officer of Wingfield Golf Management Services. Noel has long been groomed for the job, as he’s worked with his father for many years, including a decade with the family’s first golf company, GolfSouth, which owned and operated 30-some properties in the Southeast, predominantly in coastal states from New Jersey to Florida.

Morningstar thinks small to ensure success

Matthew Galvin believes that small can be beautiful.

Over the years, Galvin has had a hand in buying, selling, operating and advising scores of golf properties, among them some of America’s best-known venues. But today, his Morningstar Golf & Hospitality has only two courses in its portfolio, and it has a full management contract at just one of them.

“Our goal is to have no more than four or five projects at a time,” said Galvin, who has more than a quarter-century’s worth of experience in the golf business. “With that number, we can be hands-on with each project.”


A year is about to end.....another to begin.  With this last highfives post for the year, I say a sincere thank you once again to you for taking the time to read my words.  For almost 7 years now you, and the great people at Golf Inc.

Development, Redevelopment of the Year nominations open

The deadline for Golf Inc.’s annual Development of the Year and Redevelopment of the Year competitions is one month away. 

The yearly awards recognize the daily fee/resort courses and private clubs with the best new golf courses and the most outstanding redeveloped golf properties in the past year.  

The Redevelopment of the Year category, added in 2017, includes existing courses that have been transformed into something different, either through reconfiguring an existing course or adding new features such as housing or lodging.


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