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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – GreatLIFE Kansas City proudly announces the hiring of one of the premiere names in the golf industry, Chuck Dunbar, as the Senior Vice President of Operations. Dunbar will join the GreatLIFE team after a 20-year
career with Pebble Beach Company, including 16 years as the Head PGA Golf Professional at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links. Most recently, Dunbar served as the General Manager at Nicklaus Club-Monterey.
“I am thrilled to become part of the GreatLIFE team.” Dunbar said. “It has such a wonderful mission statement and are committed to providing a great product at a great value to the greater Kansas City area. I’m honored to be part of such a fine
As Senior VP of Operations, Chuck will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of all of the GreatLIFE KC properties and will bring his wealth of experience and knowledge to improving and re-energizing each individual club.
For the past 25 years, Chuck has dedicated his professional career to escalating guest service and will maintain that dedication as GreatLIFE continues to improve the overall experience for every member.
GreatLIFE KC is a locally owned family business with the mission “to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness, and healthy lifestyles.” Additionally, GreatLIFE’s charitable arm The GreatLIFE Cares Foundation works to “Provide support & leadership for programs and efforts benefitting children, families and organizations involving golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles.” Nowhere is this more clearly demonstrated than at Drumm Farm Center for Children, a beneficiary of GreatLIFE’s Drumm Farm Golf Club, where over $150,000 has been raised for the center.
Additionally, GreatLIFE and the GreatLIFE Cares Foundation are set to host the largest Kansas City charity golf event on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, during the Great American Eclipse at what is now 20 GreatLIFE area golf properties. In conjunction with GreatLIFE’s official partner the Kansas City Royals, the historic event is expected to host more than 3,000 golfers and raise funds for various Royals Charities.
Members and Patrons from the community are invited to contact our corporate sales office at (913) 802-GLKC for more information regarding Memberships, The Solar Eclipse Charity Classic, Tournaments, Weddings, Corporate Events, Corporate Partnerships, or any other aspect of GreatLIFE.
GreatLIFE is now ranked in the Top 10 of the Largest Management Companies in the World! Below is from the most recent issue of Golf Inc Magazine.
From 2016 to 2017, we grew by 28.5 clubs and we aren’t stopping any time soon. Thank you to all of our loyal GreatLIFE members for helping us get to where we are today!
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Doug Albers and GreatLifeKC were recently included in a Kansas City Star article. Click the below image to view the article in its entirety:
Grab your sweetheart and join us at Blue Springs Golf Club on May 26th for a Couples Twilight Golf Event!
In a recent Tee Times Magazine, writer Alan Hoskins discussed the newest acquisitions to the GreatLife KC family, and spoke with Doug Albers about the new additions, read on for more information!
Private club Blue Springs was in danger of being used for land development of residential properties, and with the public unaware of the quality of the club and course, (due to its private nature,) GreatLife KC found it a perfect addition to the list of clubs that continues to grow. By purchasing the course and keeping it functioning, they have kept the security of a club that might otherwise have been forced out of the community by the value of its land. Blue Springs is soon to be getting a brand new fitness center, either in the current clubhouse or in a new facility on the grounds.
Hillcrest is one of the most historic courses in the Kansas City area, being the second oldest course in Kansas City, and designed by Donald Ross, who is a well known architect, and master of excellence in the game. Plans for Hillcrest after the making the agreement include reopening the swimming pool, as well as adding health and wellness amenities in the future.
Prairie Highlands, with its traditionally European style of links course, was also a natural addition to the team. It is a well respected course, with player-friendly greens, and beautiful mounds and rolling tundra landscapes that reminisce with the roots of the game. A fitness center and other amenities are also slated for the near future of Prairie Highlands, as well.
When interviewed, co-owner of GreatLife KC Doug Albers said: “we want to give members the feeling of belonging to their own primary golf club where they also have the ability to have an extended family of other courses to play. So, while you belong to the one golf club where you joined – you actually belong to 18.” Which is a key to the success of GreatLife KC. Membership levels vary, based on your needs, but membership to one gets you access to many other clubs, giving you an incredible amount of variety not just in courses to play, but also amenities that appeal to the whole family.
This means that golf can be the focal point, but fitness, recreations, family bonding, and social activities are also inherently part of the package. “A big part of the the business for us is fitness,” said GreatLife founder Rick Farrant. “Many of our members are not golfers, but once they get in the gym and look out over the golf course, they often start exploring the idea of taking up the game. We also want our members to feel like we’re glad we’re here, that their primary club is their own club, and provide a family atmosphere.” This not just provides ample amenities and features for members, but also helps to breed new enthusiasts of the sport, proving that the growth potential of the game is still there.
Yordano Ventura was a Dominican pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. Born in Samaná, Dominican Republic, he got his start as a prospect at just 16 years old. He was full of life, and his passion for the game and his obvious joy in playing it quickly made him a fan favorite. He was twice-named to the All-Star Futures Game, and helped the Royals win the World Series for the first time in 29 years. He had explosive fastballs, an even more explosive temper, and his promising career ended abruptly when he died in a car crash in his native country at the age of just 25 years old.
He began his career with the Royals, signing as a free agent and training at the KC Royal’s academy for a year and a half. After a few years in the minor leagues, he came back to the Royals after they promoted him to the major league in 2013. His fastball topped out at an incredible 102 miles per hour. He racked up 39 career wins (including playoffs), and had the most innings pitched for the Royals since 2013.
Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. “He was so young and talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with.”
He was also known for frequently visiting Kansas City-area pediatric cancer wards to spend time with the children and give away memorabilia. It is in his memory that the Kansas City Royals, in their partnership with GreatLife KC, sent Doug Albers on a mission during his recent trip to the Dominican Republic. Doug brought Royals gear, in the form of official t-shirts and youth Royals caps, to the children and young baseball players of the Dominican Republic, in honor of the memory of Yordano Ventura.
They also visited Estadio Francisco A Micheli, the stadium that is the home of the Toros, the team fellow Kansas City Royals alum Edison Volquez played with before leaving the DR to play MLB. Volquez also participated the season and game that defeated the Mets to win the Royals the World Series.
It is always a tragedy to see a promising career cut short, and a young, joyful life ended abruptly. It was an honor and a privilege for Doug Albers, and GreatLife KC to pair up with the Royals to use the memory or Yordano Ventura to help inspire a new generation of Dominican children to dream big and play hard.