MT. PLEASANT — Oakland Hills Country Club being recognized as just the fifth Award of Merit winner in the last 20 years by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association was among the highlights of the Michigan Golf Business Annual Conference and Vendor Fair.
The three-day conference entitled “Back to the Future, Start Back at the Beginning,” and concentrating on business strategies, growth, vendor accessibility and networking, concluded Wednesday morning at Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino.
Oakland Hills, the famous private club in Bloomfield Hills that celebrated its 100 th anniversary in 2016, received the Award of Merit during a Tuesday evening awards banquet that also included the presentation of the MGCOA’s Golf Course of the Year designation to Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix, the Bruce Matthews Lifetime Achievement Award to Meriam Bailey Leeke, the owner of Old Channel Trail Golf Course in Montague, and the Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award to James Dewling of Total Golf, Inc. in Milford.
The Golf Association of Michigan, Kapnick Insurance Group and U.S. Golf Cars Inc. were also honored with Outstanding Corporate Member Awards.
Jeff Judge, president of Oakland Hills Country Club, called the Award of Merit a great honor to conclude a year in which the centennial was celebrated and the club hosted the U.S. Amateur Championship.
“This on top of all the great things that happened at our club this year, being only the fifth winner of this is very special,” he said.
The conference included informative sessions on various subjects including targeting millennials in the digital age, food and alcoholic beverage business practices, increasing traffic flow of customers to golf courses, legislative issues, safety laws and online tee time management.
Premiere Sponsors included Club Car, Corporate Tax Resources, Entegra Procurement Services, EZGO, Lake Michigan Insurance Agency, Michigan Clubs Self Insurance Fund, Michigan Farm Bureau, Jacobsen, Spartan Distributors and U.S. Golf Cars Inc.
via Kate Moore