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Tee time: Membership drive champions top-notch amenities for golfers

Melissa Yerman, military spouse, takes a lesson from Janelle Joslin, head teaching professional at SWGC, during a Lunch and Lesson session at the SWGC driving range March 2. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Melissa Yerman, military spouse, takes a lesson from Janelle Joslin, head teaching professional at SWGC, during a Lunch and Lesson session at the SWGC driving range March 2. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: March 10, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 10, 2016) -- Fort Rucker’s Silver Wings Golf Course is holding its annual membership drive throughout the month of March, and during that time, it’s not only trying to take care of current members, but cater to new ones.

With all courses now fully operational and better than ever, Stan Tanna, SWGC assistant business manager, said the membership drive is the best time of the year to get into the swing of golf for new members, and also the best time to save money for established members, as well.

During the drive, which ends March 31, current members who renew memberships and pay their fees in advance will receive two months free, said Tanna, which can add up to a savings of up to $143. Also, new members who join during the month will receive one month free.

“We want to not only keep or current members, but we want to attract new golfers to come out and check out our facility,” said Tanna. “They will definitely see the value that they’re getting for their buck.

“Our prices are very competitive compared to other venues and, right now, I feel like we’ve got one of the better golf courses in the immediate Wiregrass area,” he said. “We’ve made numerous improvements to the golf course throughout the winter. We’ve redone a lot of the bunkers, removed some trees and our greens are in excellent shape.”

The course is open to the public and boasts a 27-hole facility – three separate 9-hole courses – while most only have 18. It also sports a driving range, practice facility, the Silver Wings clubhouse, a full golf shop, and Divots Restaurant and Grill.

Membership benefits include a free gift, unlimited green fees and advance tee times, a 10-percent discount on all merchandise (excluding Ping, sale, food and beverage items), a 50-percent discount for the driving range, member-only tournaments and discounted tournament fees, Golf Handicap and Information Network handicap, and reduced room fees and food minimums in the Divots Banquet Room.

Additionally, throughout the month, daily drawings will be held for those who sign up, and people can win prizes ranging from golf balls, gloves, shirts, hats, drivers or even a set of clubs, said Tanna, adding that all prizes will be awarded at the end of April.

“For their money, patrons are getting an excellent value,” said the assistant manager. “We’ve definitely got something to be proud of here.”

The annual membership rates are: $528 for E-1 to E6 and juniors ages 12-17; $858 for E-7 and up and Department of Defense civilians; and $924 for the general public. Family rates are also available.

For more information, call 598-2449.

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