By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterSeptember 8, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- After a longstanding tradition of competing in the Army Ten-Miler, Fort Rucker's team is in jeopardy of not being able to compete this year in Washington, D.C., but one organization on the installation is doing its part to help send the team to represent the post.
The Silver Wings Golf Course is holding the Tee Up for Army Ten-Miler to help raise funds to send the local team to compete in this year's race, according to Stan Tanna, SWGC assistant business manager.
"We want to do what we can to support our Soldiers, so they can go up there and compete," he said.
Tee Up will be a two-day tournament where people will have the opportunity to play 18 holes in four-person scramble teams, and people have the option to play on one of two days, with shotgun starts Sept. 30 at noon and Oct. 1 at 8 a.m.
Fees to participate in the tournament are $65 for members and $75 for non-members, and include tournament course fees, range golf balls, tee gifts, tournament meal and prizes, and proceeds will be used to help support this year's 10-miler team head to Washington to compete.
Tanna said a maximum of 36 teams can be supported per day and encouraged people to sign up early. The deadline to register for the tournament is Sept. 26.
Not only is the tournament a great opportunity to support those participating in the Army 10-miler race, but it's also a great way for the course to showcase what it has to offer people on Fort Rucker, said the assistant business manager.
Silver Wings Golf Course is a 27-hole championship facility that boasts Bermuda greens and one of the most challenging layouts in the region, said Tanna. While most courses boast 18 holes, SWGC boasts three 9-hole courses -- Red, White and Blue -- each with their own subtle differences.
The Red and Blue courses are pretty straight forward, while the White Course features many more targets to hit, he said.
The fairways of the courses are lined with trees, change in elevation depending on the holes and can provide plenty of challenges for players. Each hole has a 150-yard marker on the fairway to provide golfers something to shoot for when lining up their shot, Tanna said.
Silver Wings Golf Course also features a 300-yard long lit practice range, putting ranges, a fully-stocked golf pro shop, Divots Restaurant & Grille, and meeting and banquet rooms, he added.
The facility is open to the public and offers many membership benefits, including unlimited green fees, advanced tee times, golf shop merchandise discounts, member-only tournaments, discounted outside tournament fees, complimentary U.S. Golf Association Golf Handicap and Information Network handicap, and reduced room fees and food minimums in Divots' Banquet Room.
Tanna said the tournament is a great opportunity for people to not only support the runners, but a great way to get to some leisure time in for a good cause.
For more information or to sign up, call 255-0089.