GCOW COVID-19 Update

Dear GCOW Owner,

I hope you all are having a smooth transition now that things are somewhat back to “NORMAL”. I hope you all have either received or applied for financial assistance with the government entities supplying grants and loans.

You should have recently received this from the NGCOA, but I wanted to make sure.

For more information, contact Ronnie Miles at the NGCOA as he is the real expert on all advocacy for the NGCOA and the GCOW. Contact him at Ronnie Miles, Director of Advocacy for the NGCOA at rmiles@ngcoa.org

There has been a lot of legislation and related updates and materials shared since the Coronavirus outbreak. Here's what we've been working on most recently:

The Heroes Act

 The Heroes Act is a $3 trillion proposal which promises a second stimulus check, debt relief, student loan forgiveness, hazard pay, six more months of COVID-19 unemployment, housing and food assistance, and nearly $1 trillion in aid for state and local governments so they can pay "vital workers like first responders, health workers, and teachers" who are at risk of losing their jobs due to budget shortfalls.

The Heroes Act also makes changes to the federal government's new Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. The plan currently requires small businesses to use 75% of the money for payroll expenses, or be forced to pay it back as a loan. The new proposal eliminates the 75% requirement, so small businesses could use the money as they please.

The President Signs Payroll Protection Flexibility Act

 On June 5, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. The bill lowers the level required to be spent on labor from 75% to 60% and extends the 8-week period to spend the loan to 24 weeks. As of June 8, there remained $115 billion dollars available in the program.

Click here to see the National Restaurant Association's one-page report reflecting the differences between the original program and this new version. We know that many of our seasonal operators chose not to participate in this program due to the limited time to rehire following a late-season opening, so this is a great opportunity for those to apply for the PPP loan now.

Employee Retention and Paid Sick Leave Tax Credit

Update From the IRS

 On May 7, the Internal Revenue Service issued a news release reminding employers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic of the two new tax credits available to them: Employee Retention Credit and the Paid Sick Leave Credit and Family Leave Credit.


OSHA Issues New Reporting Requirements

Related to COVID-19

OSHA released revised enforcement guidance for recording cases of COVID-19. This guidance is intended to be time-limited to the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Please check OSHA's Coronavirus webpage frequently for updates. (Note: recording a COVID-19 illness does not, of itself, mean that the employer has violated any OSHA standard. And pursuant to existing regulations, employers with 10 or fewer employees and certain employers in low hazard industries have no recording obligations; they need only report work-related COVID-19 illnesses that result in a fatality or an employee's in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.)

Key Event Operations Considerations During COVID-19

This recently-released event checklist, developed by WE ARE GOLF, is for your general knowledge. Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving quickly, this checklist should not be your sole source of information on the issue, and we encourage you to consult legal counsel and medical experts to assist in developing your specific operational plans. Click here for more information and supporting documents related to the collaborative Back2Golf initiative.



IF you have any questions my office number is (414) 443-3568 and cell is (414) 520-5964

Should you like to talk to a GCOW Board Member, their contacts are below.








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Thank you for your membership and your patience





The 2020 Platinum Passport is almost SOLD OUT. Less than 60 remain!


Courses Extend Parameters!

Due to COVID-19 the following courses have extended their Passport Parameters. Both were set to expire on May 31/2020

-- BLACKWOLF RUN - now extended until June 14, 2020 and again in October 2020!

-- GRAND GENEVA RESORT - now extended until June 25, 2020 and again in October 2020!

We sold out last year for the 3rd year in a row so act fast once it goes on sale!

The Platinum Passport is a joint venture between the GCOW and the WSGA.  More than $350,000 has been raised over the years, which went to the WSGA Foundation and the GCOW was able to establish scholarships and also funded tourism and legislative efforts.

When you buy the Platinum Passport for $369 you will pay NO GREENS FEES at 63 courses and enjoy 114 free rounds of greens fees. THAT'S RIGHT - ZERO GREENS FEES

The Passport is NOT a "Buy One, Get One Free" deal or a discount on greens fees - ALL GREENS FEES ARE FREE! Most of the courses offer FREE greens fees for TWO PLAYERS. So you and a guest pay no greens fees!

CLICK HERE to see a list of courses and parameters for 2020.

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the Platinum Passport!


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The ACTUAL Platinum Passport books are in and your order will be processed and put in the mail to you the following day! Thank you!  


2020 Platinum Passport Courses

We have 63 courses and 114 FREE greens fees for the 2020 Platinum Passport.  

Bass Lake GC (Deerbrook) -- TWOSOME
Beaver Dam CC (Beaver Dam) – TWOSOME
Blackwolf Run (Kohler) -- TWOSOME
Broadlands Golf Club (North Prairie) -- TWOSOME
Brookfield Hills (Brookfield) -- TWOSOME
Bullseye CC (Wisconsin Rapids) -- TWOSOME
Cedar Springs GC (Manawa) -- TWOSOME 
Cherokee CC (Madison) --  TWOSOME 
Drugan's Castle Mound GC (Holman) -- TWOSOME
Edgewater CC (Tomahawk) -- TWOSOME {New for 2020}
Edgewood GC (Big Bend) -- TWOSOME
Evergreen CC (Elkhorn) -- TWOSOME
Fairfield Hills (Baraboo) - TWOSOME
Fox Hills Resort (Mishicot) – TWOSOME
Fox Lake GC (Fox Lake) – TWOSOME
Glacier Wood GC (Iola) – TWOSOME
Glen Erin GC (Janesville) -- TWOSOME
Grand Geneva (Lake Geneva) -- FREE ROUND
Hawks View (Lake Geneva) -- FREE ROUND {New for 2020}
Hiawatha GC (Tomah) -- TWOSOME
Hilly Haven GC (DePere) -- TWOSOME
Horicon Hills GC (Horicon) -- TWOSOME
Kestrel Ridge GC (Columbus) – ONE ROUND {New for 2020}
Kettle Moraine GC (Dousman) -- TWOSOME
Lake Wisconsin CC (Prairie du Sac) – ONE ROUND
Mascoutin GC (Berlin) -- TWOSOME
Mayville GC (Mayville) --  TWOSOME
Mid Vallee GC (DePere) -- TWOSOME
Missing Links (Mequon) -- TWOSOME
Morningstar GC (Waukesha) -- FREE ROUND
Muskego Lakes (Muskego) – TWOSOME
Old Hickory (Beaver Dam) – TWOSOME
Pine Acres (Abrams) -- TWOSOME
Platteville Golf & Country Club (Platteville) -- TWOSOME
Prairie du Chien Country Club (Prairie du Chien) -- TWOSOME
Prairie Woods (Avalon) -- TWOSOME
Quit Qui Oc GC (Elkhart Lake) -- TWOSOME
Reedsburg GC (Reedsburg) -- ONE ROUND
Rivermoor GC (Waterford) -- TWOSOME
Royal Scot Golf Club (Green Bay) -- TWOSOME
Shorewood GC (Green Bay) -- TWOSOME
Sondalles White Lake GC (Montello) -- FREE ROUND
Songbird Hills GC (Hartland) -- TWOSOME
Spring Brook GC (Wisconsin Dells) -- TWOSOME
Stevens Point CC (Stevens Point) -- TWOSOME 
Tanglewood Greens GC (Menomonie) -- TWOSOME
The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Sheboygan Falls) -- TWOSOME
The Golf Club at Camelot (Lomira) -- TWOSOME
The Golf Course at Northern Bay (Arkdale) -- TWOSOME
The Golf Courses at Lawsonia (Green Lake) -- TWOSOME {Just Added}
The House on the Rock Resort (Spring Green) – ONE ROUND {Just Added}
The Oaks GC (Cottage Grove) – ONE ROUND
The Orchards at Egg Harbor (Egg Harbor) -- TWOSOME
Thornberry Creek (Oneida) - FREE ROUND
Trapp River (Wausau) --TWOSOME {New for 2020}
Trappers Turn (Wisconsin Dells) -- FREE ROUND
Tribute GC (Wausau) -- TWOSOME
Wander Springs (Greenleaf) -- TWOSOME
Waushara CC (Wautoma) -- FREE ROUND
West Bend Lakes GC (West Bend) -- TWOSOME
Western Lakes GC (Pewaukee) -- TWOSOME
Whispering Springs GC (Fond du Lac) -- TWOSOME
Wild Rock GC (Wisconsin Dells) – ONE ROUND



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Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin

The mission of the Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin (GCOW) is to provide education and advocacy on behalf of its members and to promote golf throughout the state of Wisconsin. The GCOW, established as a non-profit association in 1984, is a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). It is governed by an elected board of directors.


The GCOW is an association that supports the golf course owners and operators in the State of Wisconsin. By representing and working on behalf of Wisconsin's courses, we serve to promote, protect and educate its members of all sizes.


We aspire to provide many benefits for golf course owners including:

In addition, by becoming a member of the GCOW, all courses also become members of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOAand receive all the benefits they provide such as Smart Buy Programs, LIST SERVE and many more programs and services.


To accomplish its objectives, the GCOW has created strategic partnerships with the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA), PGA – Wisconsin Section, the Wisconsin State Department of Tourism, and the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association (WBBA).


The GCOW offices are in the Golf House of Wisconsin, located at 11350 W. Theo Trecker Way, West Allis, WI 53214.  We are proud to share offices with the PGA--Wisconsin Section and the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA). 

For more information please contact Jeff Schwister, Executive Director of the GCOW at jeffs@gcow.org or (414) 443-3568.



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Allied Associations

National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA)
PGA-Wisconsin Section (PGA)
Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association (WGCSA)
Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA)

Industry Partners

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

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