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The Wilderness Golf Course selected as No. 1 public course in Texas

Property tops Golf Advisor's Golfers' Choice state list, ranks 40th nationwide

Lake Jackson, Texas – February 3, 2020 – The Wilderness at Lake Jackson continues to be recognized for its excellence as one of the best courses to play in the region. This year, the KemperSports-managed property was honored by the Golf Advisor-Golfers' Choice list as a top-rated course open to the public, ranking #1 in Texas and #40 in the United States.

“The City of Lake Jackson couldn’t be more proud of the facility and the staff who work so hard to make the Wilderness Golf Course one of the best in the state!” said Jeremy Bubnick, Director of Parks & Recreation City of Lake Jackson. “The Wilderness at Lake Jackson is an outstanding facility and the citizens of Lake Jackson are so fortunate to have this beautiful gem in their backyard. We strive to be and believe that we are the best public course in Texas, so we are honored that others agree.”

According to one Golf Advisor community member, “This course is a gem. Great layout, nice big greens, which roll very consistent and the scenery is fantastic. You truly are in the wilderness."

Golf Advisor is the leading source of golf course ratings and reviews by golfers. The annual Golf Advisor Golfers' Choice lists are compiled by analyzing the ratings and reviews submitted by members of its review community throughout the year. A total of 352 Texas golf courses were reviewed in 2019 with over 8,000 reviews. For a complete list of the Golfer’s Choice Awards, visit:“The Wilderness team is very honored to be recognized by our golfers as being among the best in the state and in the country,” said General Manager Doug Borow. “We are dedicated to providing the best playing conditions along with an exceptional experience on and off the golf course.”

The Wilderness at Lake Jackson made national news during Hurricane Harvey’s flood when the team, in an attempt to save the maintenance equipment and cart fleet, strategically placed each vehicle around a putting green on the highest point of the property. The teams forward-thinking accelerated the clean-up and recovery of the golf course quickly achieving the conditions its customers come to expect while saving the golf course almost $1 million in maintenance equipment.

The Wilderness Golf Course has established itself as an award-winning championship golf course. It has received numerous accolades from Golf Advisor including being ranked as #5 on the Top Courses in Texas in 2018, as well as one of the Top 25 Courses in Texas for three consecutive years (‘15-‘17), Top U.S. Courses to Play in 2016, and Top U.S. Course for Staff Friendliness, Course Conditions and Design & Architecture in 2015.

The Wilderness Golf Club is one of the top courses to play in Texas, recognized for its prestige condition and layout. The Wilderness at Lake Jackson transcends time and delivers guests back to the days when early settlers traveled from town to town in search of the next golden nugget. The rustic, western-themed clubhouse is completed with a manicured property featuring 18 holes of naturally rolling terrain nestled in the wetlands area of Lake Jackson. The Wilderness is the place to spend the day, or the weekend for the golf enthusiast from across the state. With the small-town atmosphere and the big city accommodations, The Lake Jackson Wilderness continues to be a “must play” experience.
For more information on The Wilderness Golf Course visit call 979-297.4653.

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

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Ani Carrillo
Regional Sales and Marketing Director
The Wilderness Golf Course
832.745.3726 office