At the recent New England Golf Course Owners Association Annual Meeting at Andover Country Club, Walt Lankau had the pleasure of announcing our 2019 NEGCOA Course of the Year
was GreatHorse of Hampden, MA. Bryan Smithwick (General Manager), Billy Downes (Head Golf Professional) and a large number of key staff were on-hand to receive the award on behalf of Guy Antonacci (President) and the Antonacci family. We have since learned that GreatHorse has advanced to be one of the 4 Regional Finalist being considered for the NGCOA National Course of the Year. We wish them all the best and hope the judges lean their way!
The award recognizes four key components of the facility's operation including:
- Exceptional Quality of the Course
- Exceptional Quality of Ownership and Management
- Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
- Significant Contributions to the Game.
The NGCOA will be putting together a video for GreatHorse (and the other 3 finalists) -- similar to this one done for Manchester CC last year. We will see it in San Diego at the Golf Business Conference Awards Gala in February!
In recent years, Manchester Country Club, Miacomet Golf Course, Atkinson Resort and Country Club, and TPC Boston all made it to the Final 4 for the national award. In 2015, our chapter winner was Atkinson Resort and Country Club and they went on to win the NGCOA's 2015 National Golf Course of the Year Award! Here's the video, created by the NGCOA.
What does an application look like from a National Winner?? You can see a copy of Atkinson Resort and Country Club's application by clicking here. It is important to tell your story. What makes your facility or your ownership stand out from others? Do not hold back - tell us what makes you special. Remember you don't necessarily have to be a powerhouse. Include great photos to help sell yourself.
To apply for this award, a course must be a member of the NEGCOA (an application link is located on our membership page). Past winners must wait 7 years before applying again. Not currently a member? Consider joining today!
COY Applications for the 2020 Award will be due Friday, August 23, 2019. The winner will be notified in October and announced at our Annual Meeting in November. Applications must be provided in electronic form - and emailed to Elaine Gebhardt - firstname.lastname@example.org.