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A Guide to Running a

Successful Golf Outing

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Congratulations! About the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association The Michigan Golf Course Owners Association is proud to present you with this handy guide to a successful golf outing. The MGCOA is a non-profit trade association which is “The Voice of Michigan’s Golf Business.” Golf course owners/ operators who belong to the Association truly care about the golf industry and its future in Michigan. To receive a complete listing of all the MGCOA members, including city and telephone number, contact the association office and please consider an MGCOA member when planning your next outing. Michigan golf Course Owners Association 603 South Washington Ave., Suite 303 Lansing, MI 48933 TOLL-FREE: 800-860-8575 PH: (517) 482-4312 FAX: (517) 267-8984 www.mgcoa.org mgcoa@mgcoa.org

Your organization put you in charge of a golf outing because you’re either a veteran of these events, or you missed the last meeting when they selected a committee chair. Lucky for you, the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association has put together this handy guide to help you in your newfound task. The purpose of this guide is to help you: • Raise funds • Assure participants have an enjoyable experience • Make life easier for you and the golf course operator


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Contents Planning an Outing–7 Key Steps..... 4–17 Answers to Commonly Asked Questions.............................. 18–20 How to Raise MONEY, MONEY, MONEY................25-30 About the MGCOA.................................. 31 Testimonials........................................... 33 MGCOA Members.............................34-36

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Planning Step 1 Pre-Planning Prepare a Preliminary Budget Since the purpose of most golf outings is to raise funds, you need to have a budget. Below are some of the factors you need to consider as you draft a preliminary budget. This will be a useful staring point for your discussions about costs and packages with golf courses. Revenue:

Expenses:

• Golfers • Hole sponsors • Major Sponsor • Mulligans • Raffle • Auction

• Green fees & carts • Food & beverage service • Alcohol & beverage cart • Printed material: program, postage, signs etc. • Trophies/contest prizes • Goodie bag • Non-donated raffle prizes • Photographer • P.A. System

Determining the Time & Place Since the space for golf outings is in high demand, many organizations book their event 9-12 months prior to the event.Therefore, before you contact a course for availability of dates, your organization should select several different dates.

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Format For larger outings, most golf courses will encourage you to play a scramble format. A scramble is when a foursome acts as a team to shoot the best score. Everyone hits their ball off the tee, then as a team, they select the ball in the best position and each player hits a shot from there. The team continues to do this until they finish the hole. The advantage of a scramble format is that it allows players of all different skill levels to enjoy the outing while contributing to the team score.

because all players start and finish at the same time. Because each foursome starts from different holes, this restricts the number of non-outing golfers a course can accommodate. Most facilities have a minimum number of golfers for shot-gun starts. Some courses may also have restrictions on the starting time for shot-guns. Once you and your committee have a rough budget, selected a range of dates, and agreed on a format, it’s time to select a course.

Additionally, for larger groups, a shot-gun start is most popular

Step 2 Selecting a Course

To have a successful outing, you need to compare and select the course that fits your organization’s needs and style. In addition to availability of dates and the outing format, below are some critical factors you should consider.

Food Service Availability & Cost Whether it’s a continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, or dinner after the event, most successful golf outings include a meal service at some point in the day. Make sure the course you select has adequate accommodations and menu for the size and type of

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group you expect. Many courses can put together a package of golf, cart, and food on a per person basis. When a meal is being served following golf, it is suggested that food service begins when two– thirds of the golfers are in.


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Alcohol Service

Rain/Weather Policy

If you’re interested in beer, wine, and or liquor service, make sure your course has a liquor license. Then determine what costs the course will charge for liquor, tax and service, and options for beverage service such as stationary beverage areas or mobile beverage carts.

Golfers tend to be flexible and will play in almost any weather. Additionally, most outings are scheduled on a rain or shine basis. Generally, once booked, outings are only subject to cancellation if weather conditions become dangerous or if the conditions could cause damage to the course. Therefore, the MGCOA recommends that you inquire about the course’s weather cancellation policy and clarify what responsibilities both you and the course would have in the event of poor weather.

Cancellation Policy You should also be aware that canceling an event after you booked it might cost you money. You need to understand, to the golf course owner/operator, golf is more than just a glamorous sport, it’s a business that provides one’s livelihood. When you book an outing with an owner/ operator, the course will turn away other business in order to accommodate your group. That’s why it’s common for there to be non-refundable deposits and a guaranteed number from your group.

The MGCOA reminds you that state laws do not allow golfers to bring their own alcoholic beverages on courses with a liquor license. Most courses do not allow coolers to be brought on the premises either. Additionally, the golf course has an obligation to monitor and control the responsible service and consumption of alcohol. Consumption by individuals under 21 years of age is prohibited by law.

If something does go wrong and you must cancel, or if you thought you were going to have 120 golfers and you’re only going to have 70 (or vice versa), it is important that you notify the course as soon as possible. This may allow the course to minimize any unnecessary expense to both parties. If this is the first outing that your group is scheduling, the MGCOA suggests that you be both conservative and accurate in your estimate.

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Deadlines, Guarantees & Payment Usually a guarantee must be given prior to the event. Keep this in mind when setting your deadline for participants. Try to collect as much registration money as possible before the day of the event to discourage no-shows. Some courses also require a non-refundable deposit for large groups.

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Etiquette & Dress Code Consider the dress code of the participants. Some courses don’t allow shorts or tank tops. Also, consider the experience of the participants. If many who will be playing are not “golfers” you might want to include a brief list of golf etiquette in the welcome packets, i.e. replace divots, keep pace with the group in front of you, etc. Send out an e-mail “know before you go” to all registered attendees including directions to the course, dress code & schedule for the day. Help your attendees come prepared for a great day.

When looking for prizes for winners, consider purchasing gift certificates from the host course’s pro shop. That way the winners can get their prize that same day and choose exactly what they want.

Sign Policy Most courses have restrictions on placement of signs. Large stakes pounded into the ground damage the turf. Taping or stapling your signs over the course may damage their property. Many golf courses will be able to help you find a vendor for your sponsorships signs that will meet their specifications. Respect the property of others and follow their sign policy.

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Step 3 Finalize Your Budget Now, after you know how much everything will cost at the course, you can finalize your budget. By the way - you may be able to get corporate underwriters to cover some or all of these costs through sponsorships of things like Registration, Trophies, Beverage Cart, etc.

Once you book the event with the golf course, it is common for you to be financially obligated by nonrefundable deposits, guarantees, or prepayments. Keep your cash flow positive by having your golfers prepay. Set up a registration page on your website that accepts credit card payment and make sure all golfers know to prepay when registering, not at the door.

Step 4 Sales & Communication Printed Material A successful sales effort may require the following printed materials: registration form, save-the-date postcard, letters seeking sponsorship, program with rules and agenda for the day of the event, organization banner or sign, signs for the hole sponsors, name badges, etc.

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Registration Form Getting this information up-front will make your life easier. Several days before the event you will normally be required to provide the course with a “players list” to identify the foursomes or pairings for the carts and competition.

Your registration form should include an RSVP deadline based on the one provided by the course with your guarantee. Also, the RSVP should include request for payment. Provide space on the form for golfers to list the names of their foursome or others they will be playing with. This form should also be available online with an option to pay with a credit card.

Send a confirmation (“know before you go”) to remind them of the event, including an agenda of activities. Include information about driving range, food, map, etc.

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Organization Banner and/or Signage

Event Program or Welcome Letter

You need to prominently display who you are at the event. Also, your sponsors will be looking for obvious recognition at their sponsored hole(s).

You should have a “welcome letter” on the day of the event. An outline of the day’s activities will reduce your headache from having to answer the same question 100 times. Include rules, agenda, and the following items:

Give Them Something to Remember You want your players to remember you long after the round of golf is over. Give them something that lasts, something to take with them, like a photo of their team, a calendar, paperweight, clock, etc. Be creative. You want them to come back and play in your event next year.

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Step 5 Volunteers Unless you’re super human, you’re going to want and need help. In addition to assistance in your sales effort, you will need help on the day of the event.

Contests Often two volunteers are needed to be witnesses at any game hole that provides a substantial prize and is insured (see pages 24-25).

Registration Don’t assume the course will “check-in” your group. Often the course will prepare name cards for carts if you provide them with a pairing sheet. However, it is a good idea to have two members of your staff do the checking of registrants - to collect money, sell raffle tickets and mulligans, hand out welcome packets, etc.

Event Tasks There are several areas where you will need help such as: stuffing the “goodie bags”, running the contest holes, and selling raffle tickets/mulligans. Be considerate of your volunteers! Make sure to bring plenty of sun block, insect repellent, “fanny packs” and change for those handling money, refreshments, etc.

Photographer Whether you hire a photographer, or have an “expert” on your staff, it is customary for them to be stationary at one of the contest holes or travel with the course ranger to capture pictures. A word of caution - when taking pictures, have a system to identify the golfers. It is amazing how all foursomes begin to look alike!

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Post Golf Set-Up If you’re having cocktails and food service after golf, you’ll need to have help setting up the banquet room. Start your food service when two thirds of golfers are in to speed up the event. Have appetizers ready when the first of the golfers return to the clubhouse. They will be hungry and thirsty. Have your trophies and/or prizes displayed. This is also a good time to display photos from the day. The MGCOA recommends you have your award ceremony scripted to ensure you mention all sponsors and suppliers for the day, including thanking the golf course staff and service personnel. And, don’t forget to mention the purpose for the outing and thank the organizers on behalf of the event. Awards and prizes can be handed out during or after the event or food service.

Step 6 Awards & Prizes Use your prizes wisely.

After a full day of golf and being in the sun, the one thing golfers all agree on is they don’t want to hear long speeches, or sit through poorly organized prize drawings. Therefore, be organized and brief as you announce winners of the competition and game holes, award prizes, and thank your sponsors. Remember that after 15 minutes, the attention span of your golfers is gone.

TIP! Use your best prizes in

raffle drawings that bring in revenue rather than awards to team winners or those hitting the longest drive, closest to the pin, etc. These skilled (or lucky) golfers deserve appropriate recognition and mementos, but not revenue– producing prizes. Instead of quality, try quantity and send everyone home with something.

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Photography Documenting your event will ensure your participants remember your outing for years to come. We recommend that you take many pictures, even videotape if available. • •

Team Photos: Choose a tee box where you can set up a tri-pod and still photographer. Photograph each team and then display the photos for all to see. Give the photos away as a gift at the award dinner (or sell them as another fund raiser). If you frame the photo, be sure your tournament’s name or company name is on it so they will remember you.

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Action Photos: Have a photographer drive around the course during the outing in a golf cart and take photos of the golfers on the course. Take some unique photos, golfers looking for balls under trees, etc. Display these for some extra laughs.

Individual Photos: Photos of the golfer in action are great giveaways with the group photo.

Video: Take footage of all the golfers throughout the event and put together a collage to show or sell. You can also put this on your website.

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Step 7 Wrap-Up & Follow-Up

Successful organizers keep working even after the event is over. Here is the list of things that will ensure your successful event this year and for years to come. • Balance the Budget: Make sure you determine how much money you made on the event. • Determine Money Raised for Charity: Make it known your outing was successful in raising the money it set out to raise. • Pay all the Bills: Make sure you pay all of the bills in a timely manner.

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• Committee Recap: About 2 weeks after your event, have the committee discuss the things that went well and what needs improvement for next year. • Send “thank you” notes: Show your appreciation to golfers, sponsors and volunteers. • Create or update your database Keep track of everyone!


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Questions Frequently Asked Questions Why can’t we bring our own food? Just like any food service operation, there are certain health department guidelines that must be followed. Check with your chosen course for their policy. Those who do not have food service accommodations may suggest a caterer for you.

How long will the event take? The golf portion will vary, but a rule of thumb is 5 hours for shot-gun starts, and for scheduled tee times, 5 hours plus the time it took to get your golfers started on the course. If there is a program and food service afterwards, check with the individual course to see their typical turn-around time.

What about third party liability insurance? With today’s litigious society, and depending on the makeup of your group, you might consider purchasing liability insurance.

What happens if we have a lot of no-shows? In most cases, you must pay for the guaranteed number that you gave the course. Refer to page 9 for more information.

What about spectators? Visitors are usually prohibited from driving around the course. Doing so could be dangerous, especially when they don’t know their way around the course. Course rangers will normally assist in moving key volunteers or VIPs around the course.

What can we do with non-golfers? Set up card games and board games in the club house with contests and prizes.

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What do I need to know about minors? Liquor control is the #1 concern on the golf course owner/operator’s mind when mentioning minors. If you’re inviting a younger crowd, keep in mind that your outing can’t change state law - consumption of alcohol by someone less than 21 years of age is against the law. Other things to consider are pace of play, golf etiquette, and carts. Some younger players may have the skill for golf, however, others may not know about golf etiquettes and their inexperience could slow up the play. Also, because of liability issues, most courses require a valid driver’s license in order to drive a cart.

What about signs on the course? Before you order any signs, plan to pound stakes into the ground, or plan to staple your signs on the course, check with your course to determine their policy. Sign frames with wire posts are commonly used by outings and cause very minimal damage to the greens.

How does hole-in-one insurance work? It’s really very simple. The outing decides on a prize, like a car, and purchases Hole-In-One insurance based on the value of the car, difficulty of the hole, and other factors. If someone does get a Hole-In-One, the insurance policy pays them, not you. Two volunteers are required by most companies to witness all shots. Refer to your chosen course for reputable insurance companies, car dealerships, Hole-In One prize ideas, etc. Local automobile dealers may provide the insurance for the opportunity to advertise their product on the course - give them a call.

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Are there rules for a golf scramble? You should state a set of rules in your printed material, especially if you’re planning to give away valuable prizes. The following is a standard set of rules for an 18-hole, shot-gun start, four-person golf scramble:

*Sample Scramble Rules Each team member tees off, men from the middle tee and women from the forward tee. The team decides which tee shot is in the best position and each team member places the ball within 12 inches of the best ball, but no closer to the hole. If the selected shot is in a bunker or water hazard, all shots must be played from the bunker or water hazard. Also, if the selected shot is off the green, all shots must be played from off the green. This process continues after each shot until the hole is complete. Each team member’s tee shot must be used at least three times (not applying this rule may speed up play!). Your scorecard must indicate where each player’s three tee shots were used. One score is recorded for the team while moving to the next hole. Your scorecard must indicate where your team used mulligans (coupon for an extra shot). Mulligans must be turned in with the scorecard. (Limit of four mulligans per foursome). The scorecard indicating the team’s correct score must be submitted to the score keeper immediately upon completion of the 18 hole round in order to be eligible for prizes. In the case of ties, the winning teams will be determined by comparing the most difficult to the least difficult hole, rated by men’s handicap, until the tie is broken. *Check with your chosen course for rules on other scramble or format variations.

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More Fun and Games Marshmallow Long Drive Challenge

This is a creative spin from the normal Longest Drive challenge. Pick any club and see who can get the most distance hitting a marshmallow instead of a golf ball. You can also use a whiffle ball.

Speed Hole

Teams are timed from tee off to hole out, usually on a par 3. The fastest time wins, and this team is announced at the conclusion of the tournament.

Dunk Tank Hole

A dunk tank is placed at a location where space is available, and it’s not in the swing path – usually on a par 5. The object is to dunk someone by throwing softballs at the target. If you manage to do so with your throw (or 2-3), you are allowed to tee off from the front tees. The higher cost of this on-course game recoups in the amount it’s talked about afterwards by your players.

Longest Drive, Opposite Hand

On a par 5, players are given a left-handed driver (lefties get a right-handed driver) – you can usually borrow demo drivers fro the Pro Shop. After the group has hit their normal tee shot, tee them up and take a swing from the other side of the ball. The furthest out, wins.

Closest-to-the-Pin… for Wine!

Every foursome competes against itself. The winner of the group gets a voucher for a bottle of wine to be picked up at the end of the day. Have a local winery donate the wine as advertisement for their product.

Random Club Challenge

On the tee box, make everyone reach into a bag and pull out a slip of paper. That paper tells them the name of the club they must tee off with… and then play out the entire hole with only that club. Whatever on-course contest or games you choose to host, remember to be creative and have fun! Everyone loves winning prizes and a bit of friendly competition, so give your golfers a memorable and unique experience out on the course, and they’ll repay you by donating more & talking about your event during and after the outing day!


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Money Ways To Raise $$$$$ In addition to golfers, there are many other ways to increase revenue at your golf outing. You have the best source for ideas at your fingertips the management of your chosen course. Have the course suggest the best holes for your games. Also, some courses may have information on Hole-In-One insurance, car dealerships, etc.

Hole Sponsorships

Corporate Sponsors

Perhaps the easiest way to raise money is to sell hole sponsorships - either one for each hole, or two (one sign for the tee, one for the green). Companies can also sponsor the practice green, driving range, etc. Remember to thank all sponsors with appropriate signs and mention them in your program. Separate competing companies; in other words, don’t put Coke and Pepsi on the same hole!

The best way to sell a corporate sponsorship is to have them underwrite a portion of your event. For example, the cocktail hour is sponsored by Company A, today’s dinner is brought to you courtesy of Company B, Hole-In-One Contest sponsored by Company C, etc.

Raffle Tickets This is where you want to offer your most valuable prizes. Use your raffle to make money. Put your best prizes into the raffle - not as gifts to the winners of your skill competitions. Have someone selling raffle tickets all day - during registration, at the turn in the course, at the cocktail reception, etc. Prominently display the prizes and/or explain them in your printed material, signage, etc.

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Mulligans A mulligan, to put it simply, is a stroke that is replayed from the spot of the previous stroke, an extra shot. This is an example of a mulligan ticket which was sold for $5.00. Generally, it is a good idea to limit one mulligan per person, per 18 holes, otherwise play will be slowed. Depending on your group, the price of the mulligan can be raised or lowered.

Gambling Hole

Auctions

Draw a 10 foot circle around a pin on a par 3 hole approximately 150 yards. A volunteer stands on the tee box and offers the golfers the opportunity to double their money by hitting the ball inside the circle. They put up $5, $10, or $20. If they hit the ball in the circle they double their money. If they don’t, you keep the money.

Whether it be a traditional auction, or silent, this is an excellent opportunity to raise money from donated or purchased prizes. A silent auction is done totally on paper, usually with the prize prominently displayed, and could be held during your cocktail reception. Be aware that a verbal auction takes more time and organization. Ask the golf course to donate rounds as prizes.

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Celebrity Shoot-Outs An exciting way to increase revenue is to invite a celebrity to play in your outing. Perhaps you could incorporate them into your award program as well. Charge $20 to have the celebrity or maybe a golf pro at a par 3 take an extra shot for the team.


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Beat The Pro or Buy The Pro Have a golf pro stand on a tee box and give each golfer the opportunity to drive the ball farther than the Pro. The golfer puts up $5, $10, or $20. If they beat the Pro they double their money; if they don’t, you keep the money. Or let the Pro take your shot for a fee (doesn’t count for contests though).

Putting Contest Before or after the golf tournament, have a putting contest on the practice green. $5 gives a golfer 3 chances to putt a ball into a hole 10 feet away to get them in the finals to win a prize. During the finals, all qualifiers putt for a great prize. You keep the cash.

Skins Willing golfers put $20 (more or less) in the pot at the beginning of the tournament. The team with the lowest score on a hole (where there are no ties on that hole) wins the pot. Have a percentage of the pot earmarked for your outing group or charity.

String Sale Similar to mulligan sales, you can sell string. The player can buy 5 feet of string for $5. They can use the string to move their ball closer to the hole or out of a hazard (one string, one move).

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Pot of Gold

This is a twist on a 50/50 raffle that is fun for all participants at your outing. Sell raffle tickets for $10 each. Have the person write their name on the back of the ticket and put it into container, Pot of Gold. After your meal (or during), pull 10 tickets from the Pot of Gold, one at a time and each person whose ticket was pulled will sit in a provided chair in front of the room. Now you have 10 people with the chance to win half of the money collected. You empty the Pot of Gold container, and put the 10 tickets back into the Pot of Gold. Each person “owns” their seat and can sell it to any other person at the outing, any time while they remain in their chair. You now pull one ticket at a time. The name on the ticket you pull is out of the competition, so you only have nine people left. After each ticket is pulled you ask if anyone wants to sell their seat, or if anyone wants to buy a seat.

If you have no takers, you pull another ticket and that person is eliminated. You continue this until you have 2 tickets left. Keep in mind that as the pool of potential winners gets smaller, the chance of someone offering to buy a seat becomes more appealing. With the amount of money on the line, let’s say the Pot of Gold is worth $500, a seat could sell for $50, $100 or even $200 depending on the odds and the person selling their seat keeps the money. If you bought the seat for $10 and sell it for $100, you have made a good deal and the person who bought the ticket now sits in your seat with the chance to win a lot of money. In order to prevent several participants from splitting the Pot of Gold you might want to add the clause that it cannot be split until there are only 2 people left. This will only take between 20 and 45 minutes to complete and is a lot fun for the whole group.

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At the heart of the great game of golf are great golf courses. After all, what would the game of golf be without the playing field — golf courses? People with vision, drive, determination and a love of the game build golfs playing fields. Golf course owners — whether they are a part of a corporate structure, operating many courses or a family business operating one course — are the heart of golf in Michigan.

Hosting a golf outing can be an excellent way to treat friends, business colleagues or customers to a day of fun, relaxation and to the extent you wish, competition. Charities have also found that a golf outing is a great way to raise funds. The charity benefits and their guests have a great time.

Belvedere Golf Club, Charlevoix 2016 MGCOA Golf Course of the Year

When planning your outing, please consider one the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association’s members listed in the back of this handbook, by county. Support those courses that support the growth and development of the industry through their dedication and effort.

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Testimonials Partnerships “The Ryan Dobry Diabetes Charity always looks forward to returning to Elmbrook Golf Course year after year!! As a radio announcer in Traverse City for 33 years I have attended many golf tournaments over the years but when it comes to my diabetes charity golf outing we are returning for the 14th year in a row to Elmbrook! They continue to provide not only a wonderful golf course but the entire staff consistently goes out of their way to make sure our event is a success. “  Ryan Dobry-Hunt Radio Announcer  Sunny Country Traverse City, Michigan Type 1 Diabetic (38 years)

“We provide a copy of the guide to the committee of every outing we host. Every committee

has learned from the information in the Guide and each has been thankful to have it. This year is the Silver Anniversary of the O’Mercy Classic, a fundraising outing for improvements to our local hospital. They have generated nearly a million dollars over the past 24 years. Each year there are new people joining their committee and those people are given a copy of the Guide to help bring them up to speed on what we are doing. They have found it invaluable.” Bob Koutnik Fox Run Country Club Grayling

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“All of our new outing directors are given this Guide to a Successful Golf Outing as well as to any inquiries we field for golf outing. It is an invaluable tool for golf outing directors in outing on a successful event.”

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Please consider these MGCOA member courses when arranging your next golf outing! Allegan

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Hampshire Country Club - Dowagiac Indian Lake Hills Golf Course - Eau Claire Spruce Ridge Golf Club & Resort - Dowagiac

Cheshire Hills Golf Course - Allegan Clearbrook Golf Club & Restaurant - Saugatuck Lake Monterey Golf Course - Hopkins Lynx Golf Course - Otsego

Charlevoix

Antrim

A-GA-Ming Golf Course - Kewadin Antrim Dells Golf Club - Ellsworth Cedar River Golf Course - Bellaire Grandview Golf Club – Bellaire Schuss Mountain Golf Course - Bellaire Shanty Creek Resort - Bellaire Sundance Golf Club - Kewadin The Legend Golf Course - Bellaire The Summit Golf Course - Bellaire

Cheboygan Indian River Golf Club - Indian River

Clare

Arenac Huron Breeze country Club - Au Gres Singing Bridge Golf - Tawas City

Eagle Eye Golf Course - Bath Hawk Hollow Golf Course - Bath The Emerald at Maple Creek - St. Johns Timber Ridge Golf Club - East Lansing The Falcon Golf Course - Bath Twin Oaks Golf Course - St. Johns Woodside Golf Course - Lansing

Hastings Country Club - Hastings Mullenhurst Golf Course - Delton

Bay Maple Leaf Golf Course - Linwood Sandy Ridge Golf Course - Midland

Crawford Forest Dunes Golf Club - Roscommon Fox Run Country Club - Grayling

Benzie Champion Hill Golf Club - Beulah Crystal Downs Country Club - Frankfort Crystal Mountain Resort/Betsie Valley - Thompsonville Crystal Mountain Resort/Mountain Ridge - Thompsonville Pinecroft Golf Course - Beulah

Emmet

Berrien

Berrien Hills Country Club - Benton Harbor Brookwood Golf Course - Buchanan Golf Club of Harbor Shores - Benton Harbor Lake Michigan Hills - Benton Harbor Lost Dunes - Berrien

Calhoun

Devil’s Knob - Harrison Eagle Glen Golf Club - Farwell Firefly Golf Links - Clare Snow Snake Ski & Golf - Harrison

Clinton

Barry

Alpine Course - Boyne Falls Belvedere Golf Club - Charlevoix Boyne U S A Resorts - Boyne Falls Monument at Boyne Mountain - Boyne Falls

Bedford Valley Golf Course - Battle Creek Cedar Creek Golf Club - Battle Creek Cedar Farms Golf Club - Battle Creek Riverside Country Club - Battle Creek Stotin Brae - Augusta The Medalist Golf Club - Marshall Tomac Woods Golf Course - Albion

Arthur Hills at Boyne Highland - Harbor Springs Bay Harbor Golf Club - Bay Harbor Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club - Harbor Springs Beaver Island Golf Course - St. James Country Club of Boyne - Harbor Springs Crooked Tree Golf Club - Petoskey Donald Ross Memorial Course - Harbor Springs Heather Golf Course - Harbor Springs Hidden River Golf and Casting - Brutus Moor Course at Boyne Mountain - Harbor Springs The Inn at Bay Harbour Golf and Resort - Boyne Falls Walloon Lake Country Club - Petoskey

Genesee Captains Club At Woodfield - Grand Blanc Coyote Preserve Golf Club - Fenton Fenton Farms Golf Club - Fenton

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Grand Traverse

The Rogue Golf Club - Sparta Thornapple Pointe Golf Club - Grand Rapids Tyler Creek Golf Course & Campground - Grosse Point Farms

Elmbrook Golf Course - Traverse City Grand Traverse Reort and Spa - Acme Interlochen Golf Course - Interlochen Lockenheath Golf Club - Williamsburg The Kingsley Club - Kingsley

Lapeer Washakie Recreation Area - North Branch

Gratiot

Leelanau

Eagle Brook Golf Club - Middleton

Ingham

Branson Bay Golf Course - Mason Brookshire Golf Club - Williamston Chisholm Hills Golf Course - Lansing College Fields Golf Club - Okemos Eldorado Golf Course - Mason Forest Akers Golf Course - East Lansing Indian Hills Golf Course - Okemos Meridian Sun Golf Club - Haslett Oak Lane Golf Course - Webberville Royal Scot Golf Course - Lansing

Leland Country Club - Leland Manitou Passage Golf Club - Cedar Northport Creek Golf Course - Northport Sugar Loaf Golf Course - Cedar

Lenawee Raisin Valley Golf Club - Tecumseh

Livingston

George Young Recreation Complex - Caspian

Isabella

Mackinac

The Jewel Golf Course - Mackinac Island

Iosco Red Hawk Golf Club - East Tawas Wicker Hills Golf Club - Hale

Iron

Bucks Run Golf Club - Mt. Pleasant Maple Creek Golf Club - Shepherd Pohlcat Golf Club - Mt. Pleasant Riverwood Golf Course - Mt. Pleasant The Pines Golf Course At Lake Isabella - Lake Isabella

Macomb

Jackson

Chemung Hills Country Club - Howell Faulkwood Shores Golf Course - Howell Hartland Glen Golf Course - Hartland Hawk Meadows at Dama Farms - Howell Hunters Ridge Golf Course - Howell Ironwood Golf Club - Howell Moose Ridge Golf Club - South Lyons Rush Lake Hills Golf Club - Pinckney The Majestic at Lake Walden - Hartland Timber Trace Golf Club - Pinckney Whispering Pines Golf Club - Pinckney

Concord Hills Golf Course - Concord Country Club Of Jackson - Jackson Grande Golf Club - Jackson Hill’s Heart of the Lakes Golf Course - Brooklyn

Cherry Creek Golf Club - Shelby Twp. Cracklewood Golf Club - Macomb Gowanie Golf Club - Mt. Clemens Heather Hills Golf Club - Romeo Maple Lane Golf Club - Sterling Heights Oak Ridge Golf Club - New Haven Sycamore Hills Golf Club - Mt. Clemens Timberwood Golf Club - Ray

Kalamazoo

Manistee

Manistee National Golf & Resort - Manistee

Eastern Hills Golf Course - Kalamazoo Gull Lake View Golf Club - Augusta Indian Run Golf Club - Scotts Red Arrow golf Course - Kalamazoo States Golf Club - Vicksburg Stonehedge at Gull Lake View - Augusta Thornapple Creek Golf Club - Kalamazoo

Marquette Red Fox Run Golf Course - Gwinn

Mason Hemlock Golf Club - Ludington Lincoln Hills Golf Club - Ludington

Kalkaska Grandview Golf Club - Kalkaska Timber Wolf Golf club - Kalkaska

Mecosta St. Ives Golf Club - Stanwood Tullymore Golf Course - Stanwood

Kent

Arrowhead Golf Course - Lowell Boulder Creek Golf Club - Belmont Maple Hill Golf Course - Grandville Saskatoon Golf Club - Alto Scott Lake Country Club - Comstock Park The Falls at Barber Creek - Kent City The Pines Golf Course - Wyoming

Menominee Indian Hills Golf Course, Inc. - Stephenson

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Missaukee

Ottawa

Missaukee Golf Club - Lake City

Gleneagle Golf Club - Hudsonville Grand Haven Golf Club - Grand Haven

Monroe

Presque Isle

Bedford Hills - Temperance Monroe Golf & Country Club - Monroe The Legacy by Arthur Hills - Ottawa Lake Green Meadows Golf Course, Inc. - Monroe

Black Lake Golf Club - Onaway

Roscommon Pineview Highlands Golf Course - Houghton Lake Quest Golf Course - Houghton Lake

Montcalm Brookside Golf Course - Gowen Glenkerry Golf Course - Greenville The Links ay Bowen Lake - Gowen

Saginaw

Thunder Bay Golf Resort - Hillman

Muskegon

Sanilac

Marlette Golf Club - Marlette

Montmorency

Fruitport Country Club - Muskegon Hickory Knoll Golf Course - Montague Muskegon Country Club - Muskegon Old Channel Trail Golf Course - Montague

Shiawassee Dutch Hollow Golf Club - Durand Glenbrier Golf Course - Perry Willow Brook Golf Club - Byron

Oakland

Birmingham Country Club - Birmingham Boulder Pointe Golf Club, Oxford Copper Hills Golf & Country Club - Oxford Highland Hills Golf Course - Highland Lincoln Hills Golf Club - Birmingham Links at Crystal Lake - Pontiac Oakhurst Golf and Country Club - Clarkston Oakland Hills Country Club - Bloomfield Hills Oxford Hills Golf Course - Oxford Pine Trace Golf Club - Rochester Hills Plum Brook Golf Club - Sterling Heights Pontiac Country Club - Waterford Red Run Golf Club - Royal Oak Shepherds Hollow Golf Course - Clarkston Somerset Golf Club - Troy Stonycroft Hills Club - Bloomfield Hills Tanglewood Golf Club - South Lyon The Huntmore Golf Club - Brighton The Myth Golf & Banquets - Oakland Twp Twin Lakes Golf Club - Oakland Walnut Creek Country Club - South Lyons Westwynd Golf Course - Rochester Hills Wyndgate - Rochester Hills

St. Claire

Black River Country Club - Port Huron Holly Meadows Golf Course - Capac Michigan Meadows Golf Course - Casco Willow Ridge golf Club - Fort Gratiot

St. Joseph Island Hills Golf Club - Centreville Pine View Golf Club - Three Rivers Sauganash Golf Club - Three Rivers

Van Buren Beeches Golf Club - South Haven HawksHead Links - South Haven

Washtenaw

Oceana Grand View Golf Course - New Era Thoroughbred Golf Course - Rothbury

Otsego

Apple Mountain Resort - Freeland Crooked Creek Golf Course - Saginaw Swan Valley Golf Course - Saginaw The Fortress - Frankenmuth

Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center - Plymouth Lake Forest Golf Club - Ann Arbor Polo Fields Country Club - Ann Arbor Radrick Farms Golf Club - Ann Arbor Reddeman Farms Golf Club - Chelsea Rustic Glen Golf Club - Saline Salem Hills Golf Course - Northville Stonebridge Golf Club - Ann Arbor

Wayne

Michaywe - The Pines - Gaylord Michaywe - The Lake - Gaylord Rick Smith Signature - Gaylord Rick Smith Tradition - Gaylord Robert Trent Jones Masterpiece - Gaylord The Lake Golf Course - Gaylord The Loon Golf Course - Gaylord The Natural - Gaylord The Ridge Resort - Gaylord Tom Fazio Premier - Gaylord Treetops Resort - Gaylord

Brae Burn Golf Course - Plymouth Coyote Golf Club - New Hudson Detroit Golf Club - Detroit Gateway Golf Club - Romulus Glenhurst Golf Course - Redford Inn at St. Johns - Plymouth Links Gateway Golf Club - Romulus

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El Dorado Golf Course - Cadillac Evergreen Golf Course - Cadillac


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