By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterFebruary 21, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (February 21, 2013) -- Fort Rucker's Silver Wings Golf Course is looking to keep its current members while recruiting new members to join its ranks during its membership drive through the month of March.
The membership drive will not only give people the chance to become a member at Fort Rucker's golf course, but give them up to 31 chances to win various prizes, according to Stan Tanna, assistant business manager for SWGC.
"The basics are going to be the same as last year. We will have a daily drawing when people sign up or renew their memberships, and if you renew or join on March 1, that means you've got 31 chances to get your name drawn and win a prize," he said. "If your name gets drawn early, your name will go back into the drawing and be eligible for another prize."
Tanna said the prizes range from a pair of golf gloves to a set of clubs, and people don't have to be present in order to win, so he encourages people to come out and join if they have a love for the game.
The Silver Wings Golf Course boasts three different 9-hole courses -- red, white and blue -- that people can enjoy year-round, and even a lit driving range that is available at all hours of the day. It also houses the Silver Wings clubhouse, a full golf shop and Divots Restaurant and Grill for a well-rounded golf experience, according to the assistant business manager.
Last year's membership drive boasted a scheduled member's tournament, but this year's tournament was delayed due to construction on the blue course, but Tanna said once the blue course is up and running, members can look forward to a bit of friendly competition.
There are economic and logistical advantages to becoming a member at the SWGC, but getting the full benefit of what the golf course has to offer all depends on the amount of a person's play. The golf course offers a per-play basis, but for those that play more than once a week, a membership would be well worth it.
"Not only do people save money on membership costs by joining here, they can save money on the drive if they live close to Fort Rucker," said Tanna.
Along with the money saved on green fees and commuting costs, becoming a member of the golf course has other added benefits such as: discounts for merchandise and equipment in the golf shop; member-only golf tournaments throughout the year as well as reduced entry fees in other tournaments; and discounts for members that wish to use the clubhouse facility for functions like wedding receptions or parties.
Tanna said that this is a good course for people to join if they enjoy a challenge.
"I believe that this golf course is probably the most challenging of all the golf courses in this area," he said. "People will argue either way depending on who you talk to, but any military course you play on in the world is going to be difficult because they were built to the old standards of golf course construction.
"The courses [on military installations] have long par threes, long par fives, and although some golf courses in the area might have better play conditions, you won't get as much of a challenge as you will here," he added.
The Silver Wings Golf Course is open to the public despite being on a military base, said Tanna, and people don't have to have an affiliation with the Army to play.
There is also no initiation fee to join like with other clubs, said Tanna. People only have to pay the monthly dues, which can be paid in full or on a monthly basis.
If the one-year membership dues are paid in full, a month of dues is taken off of the cost of the year so people paying upfront pay only for 11 months instead of 12, according to the assistant manager. The cost of membership also depends on whether or not the person is civilian or military, active duty or retired, and is based upon their rank.
The monthly membership rates for the 2012-2013 season are: $40 for ranks E-1 to E-6 and juniors aged 12-17; $65 for E-7 and up and Department of Defense civilians; and $83 for the general public.
For more information, call 598-2449, or visit www.ftwruckermwr.com.