Voting for our 2018 GCOW Awards are now open!

In 2017 voting:


We hope all owners keep promoting the GCOW online voting to your golfers. Simply create a flyer or promote in your Pro Shop.  Provide a link on your website to the GCOW at www.gcow.org and they can click on the AWARDS BOX and vote in the various categories

Your golfers will be the ones that assist in winning the following awards. We will be giving awards again in a 9-hole course category and for courses with 18-holes or more.

Award Categories

Food & Beverage -- The golf course is engaged in outstanding food & beverage services for their members, customers, golfers and for the general public. Course serves the general public thru banquets, meetings, wedding, outings, and catering business.

Golf Course Appearance and Maintenance -- The golf course is aesthetically pleasing and well maintained. Every detail of the course and clubhouse is taken care of. Attention to detail is essential and all aspects of the course are visually appealing to the consumer. Attention to the facility is also important as pro shop, dining areas, banquet halls, etc. are also well maintained and both golfers and non-golfer customers appreciate the condition of the facility.

Golf Shop Service -- The golf course shows outstanding service to the golfing public who come to their course. The pro shop consistently fulfills the needs of their customers.  The golf shop has a wide variety of inventory for the golfers. From clothing to the newest equipment, the golf shop and staff is keeping up with the latest trends and innovations in the game of golf.

Membership and Marketing -- Member courses have engaged in innovative marketing efforts designed for effective recruitment and retention of members. They have demonstrated creativity in their advertising and marketing designed to connect with different demographic groups. The course has utilized their website, to promote their course, events, tee times, etc. They have also utilized Social Media processes such as Facebook, Twitter, etc in communicating to its golfers.

Player Development Award -- This golf course is engaged in a comprehensive and well planned and executed Player Development Program designed to introduce, engage and involve new people to the game of golf.  Golf course staff was actively involved in the promotion and execution of the Player Development programs.


The Player Development programs involve both established National Programs such as Play Golf America, Tee It Forward, Get Golf Ready, andWomen’s Golf Month as well and programs created by the course themselves such as specific programs directed at specific demographic groups like youth golf seminars, minority and women’s leagues and seminars, beginners programs, etc.

Teaching Center -- Member courses have a specific area of the course that is dedicated to teaching and learning the principal skills of golf. The course utilizes numerous learning tools and serves people of varying demographics. The course has various lesson plans and options established in an attempt to serve as many populations as possible. Specific learning programs are aimed at juniors, women, physically challenged and other groups are designed to grow the game.

Teacher of the Year -- An employee from a member golf facility who has shown an outstanding commitment to teaching the game of golf to a wide variety of people while also performing duties integral to the success of a member golf course.

GCOW Awards are a great tool to use in the marketing of your course to the general public.

Voting will be open until October 1, 2018.

Presentation of the GCOW Awards will be held in November. 


Allied Associations

Golf House of Wisconsin
National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA)
PGA-Wisconsin Section (PGA)
Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association (WGCSA)
Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA)
Wisconsin Women’s Public Links Golf Association
Wisconsin Women’s State Golf Association
Wisconsin Golfer Magazine
Wisconsin Golf Yearbook

Industry Partners

Tourism Federation of Wisconsin (TFW)
Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association (WBBA)
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Tom Sutton Midwest Classic Golf
Midwest Food Expo
The VGM Club
UW-Stout Golf Enterprise Management (GEM) Program – On Campus Program
UW-Stout Golf Enterprise Management (GEM) Program – Online Program

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