It is that time of year to begin working on your nominations for the NGCOA New England Chapter Course of the Year Award for 2019. Take this opportunity to gain significant promotions if your course earns the award- Recognition within New England, Recognition within the Northeast, and possible National Recognition. That's is the kind of publicity everyone wants for their club. Watch your social media explode as members brag about the award. Note, your facility MUST be a member of the NEGCOA to apply (click here for an application form) or click on this link to join online and consider applying next year.
The award recognizes four key components of your operation including:
- Exceptional Quality of the Course
- Exceptional Quality of Ownership and Management
- Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
- Significant Contributions to the Game.
In 2018, New England Golf Course Owners Association Course of the Year was Manchester Country Club of Bedford, NH. The announcement was made at the 2017 Annual Meeting held at Atkinson Resort and Country Club. Todd McKittrick, PGA Head Professional, Joelle Creamer and a number of key staffers were on-hand to receive the award on behalf of Brian Kelley (General Manager).
Courses are judged on four key areas including:
Exceptional Quality of the Course,
Exceptional Quality of Ownership and Management,
Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community,
Significant Contributions to the Game.
Chapter winners are submitted for National Award consideration. Manchester Country Club went on to become the Northeast Regional Course of the Year. And then made it to one of four finalists vying for National Course of the Year. Unfortunately, that's where the award progression ended as they lost to Atlantic Dunes by David Love III (Hilton Head, SC). The winner, and final four, were recognized at the Awards Gala at the Golf Business Conference held in San Antonio on February 8th. Congratulations to Manchester Country Club!!! To learn more about the great job being done at Manchester, take a look at their final four video below.
In recent years, 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 2019 Award has been extended and are now due Friday, September 28, 2018. 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.