KemperSports takes over Wilderness Ridge GC


A family-owned golf property in Nebraska’s capital city has put its future – its immediate future, at least – into the hands of KemperSports.

The Northbrook, Illinois-based management firm has assumed control of Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, the featured attraction of a 440-acre community developed by the late Jerry Schleich. Tom Schleich, a principal of the entity that owns Wilderness Ridge, was won over by what he called KemperSports’ “reputation, commitment to excellence and focus in providing exceptional guest experience.”

The club, which features a 27-hole golf complex, serves as the home of the University of Nebraska’s golf teams. “Wilderness Ridge has a reputation of being one of the best golf courses and dining experiences in the Lincoln market,” said Steve Skinner, KemperSports’ CEO. Those assets will be featured in KemperSports’ marketing pitch, as one of its primary tasks will be to pad the club’s membership rolls.

KemperSports manages one other golf property in Nebraska, The Prairie Club in Valentine.

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