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KemperSports appoints Chris Stewart as general manager of Royal Melbourne Country Club

NORTHBROOK, Illinois, April 8, 2022 KemperSports is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Stewart as the general manager of Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove, Ill. Stewart will lead the club in delivering a best-in-class member experience and oversee its business, food and beverage, golf and recreation operations.

“Chris brings more than 20 years of private club experience to Royal Melbourne and believes in delivering unique, personalized experiences that blend past tradition with modern expectations,” said KemperSports Executive Vice President of Operations Mark Freemott. “He is committed to helping both current and future members find their path of enjoyment within the club, making him an excellent fit for Royal Melbourne.”

Stewart’s extensive experience includes roles with corporate-owned clubs, single-owner facilities, developer-owned and member-owned clubs working as a general manager, regional manager and corporate director of strategic development. He most recently served as general manager of the River Club of Mequon in Wisconsin for the past two years. Prior to that, Stewart was the general manager of Eldorado Country Club in McKinney, Texas while also overseeing other private clubs in Dallas, Houston and Austin. He’s a Certified Club Manager (CCM) through the Club Manager’s Association of America (CMMA).

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About Royal Melbourne Country Club
Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove, IL combines understated elegance with a contemporary attitude. Distinguished by its diverse membership, phenomenal golf experience, fun recreational activities and year-round social events, the club serves as a chosen venue for weddings, special occasions and more. Carved into the surroundings of wetlands, ponds, prairies and trees, the 18-hole, par 72 course combines the beauty of sport with the beauty of nature. Members not only experience the challenge of the game in the way it was meant to be played, but they also get to do so in a lushly landscaped atmosphere inhabited by several forms of local wildlife. Royal Melbourne Country Club features a host of other amenities, including tennis, junior activities, aquatics, dining and a 42,000 square foot Australia-inspired, Victorian clubhouse. For more information, visit

About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns, leases and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S. and Caribbean. The company manages an award-winning portfolio including nationally-ranked courses, private clubs, municipal courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine; Streamsong Resort; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; Chambers Bay, host of the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit Join the KemperSports social media conversation at FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

Media contact:
Megan Godfrey, KemperSports | 312-888-2119