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Auburn Golf Course tees up for season

The Auburn Golf Course offers new clubs and programs this season.  - Reporter file photo
The Auburn Golf Course offers new clubs and programs this season.
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The Auburn Golf Course has announced that its 2013 program will include a new Executive Ladies Club and a new Stay and Play program in partnership with two area hotels.

The course is also holding a March membership drive for its Men's, Ladies and new Executive Ladies clubs.

Players in the three clubs will receive membership benefits that include advance tee-time bookings, discounts on green fees, a free round of golf, GHIN handicap, access to competitions and tournaments and discounts at Copper Falls Restaurant.

But new members who sign up in March also will receive an extra round of golf as an added incentive.

The new Executive Ladies Club has been designed for golfers who want to grab a quick 9 holes after work. The club will play Thursday evenings from May to August. The membership fee is $70 with $10 green fees. The March membership drive is open to all players joining any of the three clubs at the golf course.

Daily players can also find great deals at the golf course by joining its E-Club online. Go to www.auburngolfcourse.org and sign up to receive e-specials, discounted rounds of golf that are offered through email.

The 2013 Player's Card is another way to get discounts at the course for those who regularly play at Auburn. The card costs $65 and is good for $5 discounts off regular 18-hole green fees and $3 discounts off 9 holes, early bird and twilight green fees throughout the season. The card also allows for discounted 18-hole power cart fees during the peak season and the privilege of making 14-day advance tee-time bookings. Player's Card holders also receive discounts at the restaurant. Purchase Player's Cards online or by calling the pro shop.

The golf course offers various leagues during the season. The Merchant's League begins April 29 and runs through August. The league was originally designed to be a social and networking opportunity for area businesses, but any golfer who would like to form a team is welcome to join.

Other leagues available include the Friday night Couples League and the Summer Fun league.

A brand new partnership with area hotels will promote the course in the tourism market. The Best Western Plus Peppertree Inn of Auburn and the Holiday Inn & Suites in Kent will sell their guests Stay and Play packages to their guests that include golf as well as other area activities.

'Best' around

"The locals know that our golf course is one of the best municipal courses in the area," said Glenda Carino, City of Auburn marketing manager. "Our hotel partners will be promoting the course to travelers coming to the area for business or to visit friends and relatives."

The Stay and Play packages will be sold from March to the end of October.

The course also will host tournaments for groups and organizations throughout the South Puget Sound area.

"We've probably booked 80 to 100 tournaments already," said Chris Morris, golf pro.

A sampling of the groups holding events at Auburn this season includes Seattle Tacoma Box, Highline High School Alumni Association, Puget Sound Energy and Holland America Cruise Lines.

Morris said there are a few weekends open in May, June and late September. Call the pro shop if you'd like to schedule a tournament. Morris and his crew are also available to help organize tournaments.

Golf Today NW will again host its annual Ladies Classic Tournament on May 13 with a shotgun (scramble format) start at 9 a.m. The entry fee of $170 per two-player team will include 18 holes with cart, prizes for the winning reams, tee prizes and prizes for longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin competitions and more.

For information and entry forms, call 425-941-9946 or email events @golftodaynw.com.

For more information on the golf course's programs or to book tee times online, visit www.auburngolfcourse.org, or call the pro shop at 253-833-2350.

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