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KemperSports and The Woodlands Course at Whittaker welcome Stephan Kostelecky as general manager

18-year industry veteran joins property staff to oversee facility operations for Southwest Michigan course

NEW BUFFALO, Michigan, Sept. 30, 2020 — The Woodlands Course at Whittaker, a premier daily-fee facility managed by KemperSports, is pleased to announce that Stephan Kostelecky has joined the team as general manager. In this role, Kostelecky will oversee all facility operations for the renown Harbor Country golf destination and event venue. The Woodlands Course at Whittaker has been a favorite Southwest Michigan stop for locals and visitors to the area since its inception in 1996.

Stephan Kostelecky
Stephan Kostelecky

Kostelecky brings almost 20 years of experience in the golf industry to his new role at The Woodlands Course. Most recently, he served as head golf professional and interim general manager at Ames Golf & Country Club in Ames, Iowa. Prior to that, Kostelecky held key leadership positions at other private and public facilities throughout the greater Midwest.

“Stephan brings a unique background and experience to our team at The Woodlands Course,” said owners Richard and Peggy Schulze. “His reputation, experience and passion for customer service make him a great fit for the position and for the memorable experience that we deliver for our guests. We look forward to working with Stephan and KemperSports as we continue to build on our success at The Woodlands Course.”

Kostelecky is a Club Management Association of America (CMAA) Member and holds a Business Administration in Marketing with an emphasis on Professional Golf Management degree from the University of Mississippi.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Schulze family to manage The Woodlands Course under the leadership of Stephen Kostelecky,” said KemperSports Regional Operations Executive Vince Juarez. “We will work with the family to raise the visibility of the facility, maintain exceptional course conditions and improve the customer experience.”

The Woodlands Course at Whittaker is located in the heart of Harbor Country in New Buffalo, Michigan, just minutes from I-94 and less than one hour from Chicago. The 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Ken Killian in 1996, is the centerpiece of the club. The Pavilion hosts up to 300 guests for weddings and other social events with a rustic-chic charm and The Captain’s Pour House offers dining with a view for golfers and visitors to the area. Additional amenities at the facility include a full service practice facility including a driving range, putting and chipping greens.

About The Woodlands Course at Whittaker
The Woodlands Course at Whittaker is set amidst 400 acres of naturally beautiful landscape in the heart of Southwest Michigan’s Harbor Country. The 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ken Killian is carved out of the lush landscape to provide a secluded and memorable golf experience. Wedding parties and other social events of up to 300 are welcomed at the Pavilion. The Captain’s Pour House is set within the renovated 1920’s era farmhouse and offers scenic views and casual dining for the entire family. Over 270 spectacular home sites surrounding the golf course are also available. For more information, visit

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About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. The company’s award-winning portfolio includes 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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